LOI Day closes with 28 new Cougars

<I>(Updated 2-5-03)</I>THE LETTERS OF intent started rolling in early at Washington State, with the majority of 28 recruits giving the Cougars their John Hancock before 11 am Wednesday morning. Included among those 28 were two very pleasant surprises. In fact, one of those surprises could be labeled darn near earth-shattering...if you'll pardon the LOI day melodrama.

Just when Cougar fans didn't think it could get any better, it did: Highly rated wide receiver Michael Bumpus from Culver City, Calif, signed his letter of intent to play for WSU. He has previously committed to Southern Cal.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Bumpus could make an instant impact for the Cougars next fall. He is ranked as the 15th best receiving prospect by TheInsiders.com.

Mike Graise, a 6-4, 225 pound, defensive end from Inglewood High was officially the first surprise of the 2004 WSU signing day. He racked up 94 tackles for the Sentinels in '03, including 12 sacks, and has drawn comparisons to Cougar greats Isaac Brown and D.D. Acholonu. And as all Wazzu fans know, that is high praise, indeed.

Meanwhile, a Cougar Nation in the middle of celebrating perhaps the best WSU recruiting class ever couldn't help but turn an eye toward Ohio, wondering why a fax from running back Delbert Ferguson never came. Ferguson told TheInsiders.com on Tuesday that he was a Coug, but signed with Cincinnati on Thursday.

Letters of intent to play football at WSU were received from the following:

Jed Collins, 6-2, 220, LB, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo)

Charles Dillon, 6-0, 175, WR, Oxnard, Calif. (Hueneme)

Mike Graise, 6-4, 225, DE, Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood)

Alex Hamill, 6-1, 200, LB, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Lake City)

Jason Roberts, 6-4, 225, DE, Fresno, Calif. (Central)

Gary Rogers, 6-5, 220, QB, Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak)

Andy Roof, 6-4, 305, OL, Spokane, Wash. (East Valley)

Eddie Vickers, 6-3, 325, OL, Vancouver, Wash. (Columbia River)

Bryan Baird, 6-3, 205, ATH, Vancouver, Wash. (Columbia River)

Matt Eichelberger, 6-4, 320, DT, Bellingham, Wash. (Sehome)

Greg Prator, 6-2, 185, WR, Riverside, Calif. (Chaffey College)

Dan Rowlands, 6-4, 270, OL, Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos)

Loren Langley, 5-9, 175, K, Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup)

Jacob McKinney, 6-3, 225, ATH, Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup)

Colin Donovan, 6-7, 260, DE, Superior, Mont. (Superior)

Steffan Blume, 6-2, 215, LB, Clarkston, Wash. (Clarkston)

Tyson Kirksey, 6-0, 215, LB, Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin)

Michael Bumpus, 6-0, 190, WR, Culver City, Calif. (Culver City)

Cole Morgan, 6-3, 185, QB, Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)

J.T. Diederichs, 6-2, 218, RB, Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)

Jerome Harrison, 5-11, 190, RB,Kalamazoo, Mich.(Pasadena CC)

Ian Bell, 5-10, 180, ATH, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft)

Tyron Brackenridge, 5-11, 180, CB, Claremont, Calif. (Chaffey College)

Letrell Myers, 6-3, 240, DE, Moreno Valley, Calif.(Riverside College)

Randy Estes, 6-2, 205, S, Long Beach, Calif. (Los Al/Long Beach Poly)

Lawrence Ball, 6-4, 245, DL, Fresno, Calif. (Edison)

Benny Ward, 6-3, 190, WR, Van Nuys, Calif. (Birmingham)

Michael Willis, 6-3, 205, ATH, Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln)

In addition, three former signees were officially announced has having enrolled at WSU last month and eligible to participate in spring drills. They are:

Ropati Pitoitua, 6-7, 240, DL, Spanaway, Wash. (Clover Park)

Scott Selby, 6-4, 220, WR, Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock)

Ben Woodard, 6-5, 215, DL, Cheney, Wash. (Cheney)

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