You need a scorecard to keep up w/ some prospects

<b>THE OLD SAYING used to describe heavy turnover on a team -- "You can't tell the players without a scorecard" -- never seemed more apt than this recruiting season. Prospects seemed to be juking every which way, announcing a preference to one school one week, another the following and yet another the week after that. In some cases, the changes of heart seemed to happen daily. A number of such prospects passed through the Cougar orbit. Here's a rundown on where some of them look to be landing.

Marlon Wood (defensive back, Pasadena City College) -- Was leaning heavily toward North Carolina, and then Marshall. In January he verballed with Washington State and was said to have reaffirmed that choice as recently as Thursday. He tripped to Hawaii over the weekend and then announced on Monday that he was headed to Washington sight unseen.

Tolifili Liufau (defensive tackle, Fresno City College) -- A member of WSU's 2003 recruiting class, he was thought this season to be headed to Oregon State and then declared Missouri his leader, only to verbal with Oregon before announcing that he would choose between Utah and Arizona.

Vic So'oto (tight end, Carlsbad, Calif.) -- A strong lean to BYU early, So'oto, who is Mormon, later said it was a tie between BYU and Washington State. That turned into a lean to WSU with Arizona and San Diego State close behind. Finally back it was back to where it all started, as he verballed to BYU.

Marcus Burton (linebacker, Channelview, Texas) -- Verballed with Washington State, expressed interest in Iowa, then announced he was Colorado-bound.

FOR THE MOTHER of All changes, though, you needn't look farther than Seattle, where last year's No. 1 defensive prospect in the state -- four-star safety/receiver Keauntea Bankhead -- told the Seattle P-I last week that he will not be a Washington Husky after all. Instead, he's going to spend a year at Utah's Dixie College, where he hopes to wrap up his AA degree in 18 months, and then head to Pullman and become a Cougar.

Bankhead, high school teammates in Ballard with current Cougars Cole Morgan and Tony Thompson, had spent the fall trying to earn a qualifying score on the SAT. When he fell just short, he decided to head to Dixie -- a decision that apparently didn't sit well with UW coaches. One of his teammates at Dixie will be former Ballard record-setting running back and 2004 WSU verbal commit J.T. Diederichs.

OTHER NAMES that frequented the pages of Cougfan.com over the months:

* Moses Lake DT Wilson Holman, who verballed with WSU and then had the scholie pulled for undisclosed off-field reasons and appears headed to Oregon State.

* Olympia running back Jonathan Stewart, the No. 1 running back in the nation who had a ride pretty much anywhere he wanted. Ultimately narrowed the list to WSU and Oregon before going with the Ducks.

* Los Angeles cornerback Gardner MacKay was leaning to Oregon State all fall, then put Washington State in the lead with OSU, Fresno State and San Diego State lurking. He verballed to Colorado on Jan. 15.


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