CF.C Recruiting Wire: Class of 2005 status report

<b>WASHINGTON STATE'S</b> plans call for 18-20 recruits in the 2005 class. With the ledger now numbering eight verbals -- plus a bunch of potential holdovers -- the Cougs are about halfway home. Here is an updated breakdown on the Class of 2005.

WSU CLASS OF 2005
as of November 30, 2004

PREP VERBAL COMMITS
 
OL, 6-3, 285, Gig Harbor, WA (Gig Harbor HS)
 
Alfred is rated the No. 11 player overall in the Northwest.  Good drive blocker who can open the lanes.  Has a great motor, very good athleticism and lateral movement.
 
Soundbite:  "Arguably the top in-state offensive lineman, a real load.  He'll be asked to be a run-specialist inside."
Chris Fetters - NW Recruiting Analyst Scout.com
 
LB, 6-0, 220, Channelview, TX (Channelview HS)
 
Linebacker who flies to the football, eqaully comfortable chasing down the quarterback or dropping back in coverage.  Dedicated athlete who lived in the gym this past summer.
 
Soundbite:  "Marcus is a stand-up defensive end or outside linebacker with great size and he can run.  He rushes the passer well from either position and is really explosive. He's moved to middle linebacker from defensive end this year. He's just gotten so much stronger and faster."
John Launius - Channelview HS football coach
CB, 5-10, 185, Seattle, WA (Rainier Beach HS)
 
Starred on offense as well, with over 1000 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns (17 total) but future looks to be on defense.  Played safety for Rainier Beach this year but projects at corner for WSU.  Had 88 tackles (63 solo) 8 sacks, 12 tackles-for-loss with 4 INTs and 4 fumble recoveries. 
 
Soundbite:  "Great athlete, but better football accumen.  Just a playmaker who knows how to be at the right place at the right time."
Chris Fetters - NW Recruiting Analyst Scout.com
 
OL, 6-7.5, 290, Vancouver, B.C. (Vancouver College Prep)
 
A massive lineman, very definition of a prospect who flew under the radar.  Player who is still learning the game but under the tutelage of the WSU coaches, has a very high ceiling given his size and strength..
 
Soundbite:  "The only other school that really knew about him was Eastern (Washington), where we have our summer camp. When he was over there, I took him down to the Cougar camp and that's when the coaches found out about him.  His physique will take your breath away.  He is a raw player, but with enough time and patience the Cougars will have a legitimate Pac-10 left tackle."
Todd Bernett - Vancouver (BC) College Prep football coach
 
Brandon Gibson
WR, 6-0, 175, Puyallup, WA (Gov John Rogers HS)
 
Precise route runner with great hands.  Timed in the 40 at 4.4 seconds.  Goes after the ball in traffic, dead set on coming down with the pigskin.  In run-oriented offense and despite missing two games, Gibson was a versatile threat with 946 all-purpose yards.
 
Soundbite:  "Another playmaker who is underrated because he committed so early in the process.  He's one of the top two in-state receivers, along with Jamil Turner."
Chris Fetters - NW Recruiting Analyst Scout.com
 
QB, 6-2, 204, Fresno, CA (Edison HS)
 
One of the top-rated QB prospects in the West.  Great field vision and reads coverages very well.  Strong-armed pocket passer who has all the throws.  Very sound fundamentals.  Passed for over 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. 
 
Soundbite:  "A very accurate quarterback who is at his best in big games."
Andrew Friedman - Southwest Recruiting Editor Scout.com
 
S, 6-0, 185, Fullerton, CA (Fullerton HS)
 
Extremely versatile athlete who led his league in both passing and total offense but will play safety for WSU, where he wowed observers this year.  Committed early to WSU and the Cougs got a true gem in Hicks.  Sees the whole field and smartly anticipates where the ball is going.  Great football smarts.
 
Soundbite:  "He's an outstanding young man.  He's a good hitter, he has great feet. He has a good sense to the ball."
Julian Smilowitz - Fullerton HS football coach and Athletic Director
 
Wilson Holman 
DT, 6-4.5, 295, Moses Lake, WA (Moses Lake HS)
 
Very powerful straight up field, naturally strong and a good bull rushing tackle. Very good feet and understands how to use his leverage.  With dedication and a commitment to consistency, could develop into an unstoppable force.
 
Soundbite:  "Big men with quick feet are always coveted, and Wilson's been an all-league selection two years in a row."
Chris Fetters - NW Recruiting Analyst Scout.com
 
 
JANUARY ENROLLEESS
QB, 6-3, 185, Seattle, WA (Ballard HS)
 
Mobile quarterback who makes things happen.  An instinctive quarterback with very good decision making skills.  Completed 128 of 217 passes for 1,816 yards and 26 touchdowns during 2003 senior season, leading Ballard to state title game. 
 
"The kid is going to be a big-time quarterback.  The great thing about him is he's a leader. People respond to him."
Doug Trainor - Ballard HS football coach
 
"He's a gifted athlete.  I'd put him up against anybody."
Jack Thompson - Cougar legend and quarterbacks coach for Ballard HS
 
POTENTIAL JANUARY ENROLLEES
LB, 6-0, 215, Lufkin, TX (Lufkin HS)
 
Good burst and relentless in pursuit.  Led his team in tackles the past three years.  Co-Defensive Player of the Year after putting together a senior season with 118 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss.
 
DE, 6-3, 240Moreno Valley, CA (Riverside JC)
 
Strong athlete who is really put together.  Sheds blockers well and has great acceleration to the ball.  Very durable athlete.  Was rated No. 1 in Riverside's rating system for defensive productivity.
 
WR, 6-3, 190, Van Nuys, CA (Birmingham HS)
 
All-purpose yardage machine.  Great hands and does all of the "little things" very well.  Precise route runner and very good blocker in run support.  A very fundamentally sound wide receiver.
 
DB/WR, 6-3, 190, Tacoma, WA (Lincoln HS)
 
Phenonmenal athelte.  Talented enough to play early on either side of the ball.  Great hitter on defense with a nose for the ball.  Prototypical combination of speed and strength, very tough to bring down as a wide receiver.

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