The Texas standouts are James Bradley and DeMaundray Woolridge. They won't be the only Texans in the class. Earlier this fall the Cougars secured a verbal commitment from Channelview linebacker Marcus Burton. In addition, Tyson Kirksey of Lufkin, Texas, a member of the Cougars' 2004 recruiting class, is expected to join the 2005 group after getting his academic situation squared away.
Bradley is a 5-9.5, 170-pound cornerback out of South Garland High who also was entertaining scholarship offers from Arizona State and Colorado. Earlier this fall he had given a soft verbal to Mississippi State. The tape we saw on him showed a playmaker with exceptional hands. Bradley plays with a tremendous amount of confidence and is a very active presence in the back forty.
Said South Garland coach Mickey Moss of the defensive back; "He is a playmaking machine."
Bradley had seen enough by Saturday night to know 'Ol Wazzu was the place for him, giving his verbal to coach Ken Greene. It's safe to say landing the shutdown corner made Greene one very happy defensive backs coach.
Future Cougar James Bradley: "They've got a good thing coming. Let all the Washington State fans know, here I come."
Upon arrival, the Washington State campus made an instant and favorable impression upon Bradley. A winter wonderland isn't something you often see in Texas.
"I liked it. The trip was just a whole different atmosphere. It was cold, it wasn't cold-cold, but there was snow on the ground and it was just different from where I've grown up. I haven't seen snow in a pile of years."
Also turning the head of Bradley, the togetherness of the Cougar football team.
"Everything revolves around the college. They caught my eye. I just liked the whole football program -- there's so much unity. It's like one big family."
Academically, Bradley has already achieved a qualifying SAT score and is in fine shape.
"I made a 970," Bradley said matter-of-factly.
On the season Bradley notched 58 tackles, five INTs, eight pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and seven blocked field goals/PATs. Also returned punts and kickoffs, and played on all the special team units.
"They've got a good thing coming," said Bradley. "Let all the Washington State fans know, here I come."
Woolridge, a running back/cornerback, brings a combination of speed and power to the table, packing 215 pounds upon his 5-9 frame.
"He's got some junk in his trunk," Keller coach Kevin Atkinson told Cougfan.com recently.
On an offense that featured the pass and had a number of offensive weapons (Keller's QB threw for nearly 3000 yards), Woolridge rushed for more than 900 yards on the season.
"He runs the zone play really, really well. Reads the inside zone, the outside zone as good as I've ever coached," said Coach Atkinson. The Cougars appear to have out-dueled North Carolina for Woolridge.