FINAL -- 12:21PM<br> WITH LOCAL STANDOUTS Shelton Danzy, Kenny Alfred and Brandon Gibson now officially in the fold, the Cougars' Signing Day haul looks to be at or near completion. Texas linebacker Jason Stripling was the first one to fax in his LOI this morning, and it's been a steady stream every since. Along with the three Cougs who enrolled in January, the 2005 Cougar class now numbers 23.

While Jason Stripling offered up the first signed letter to arrive this morning, he wasn't the lone earlybird. The Texas 'backer was followed soon after by Arkelon Hall, Fevaea'i Ahmu, three of his fellow Texans and more. It looks like the capstone to it all has just arrived with the signed paperwork of the trio from the state of Washington -- Danzy, Alfred and Gibson.

February 2, 2005


Jason Stripling
LB, 5-11, 220, Tyler, TX (Lee HS)

Defensive MVP of the district his senior season...racked up 122 tackles and nabbed four interceptions leading his school to their first ever state title...fast, smart and physical player...excels in both coverage and run support -- a tremendous open-field tackler...aggressive player who throws himself into the action.

Arkelon Hall
QB, 6-2, 204, Fresno, CA (Edison HS)

Nationally rated by several recruiting services as one of the premiere QBs in the nation...In two seasons as a starter, Hall threw for 56 TDs and nearly 5,000 yards...Great field vision and reads coverages very well...Strong-armed pocket passer who has all the throws...Passed for over 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns this season...Very sound fundamentals.

Fevaea'i Ahmu
DT, 6-0, 290, San Diego, CA (Serra HS)

First team All-CIF selection...4-star prospect by Scout.com...Rated as the No. 1 DT in all of California...75 tackles with 12 sacks from his interior position…had seven or more tackles in eight of 10 games...At least one sack in seven of 10 games...also recovered a fumble…Phenomenal player, a dominating presence on the interior...Naturally strong with a big motor, overpowering...Big wingspan and low center of gravity...Has the speed to chase down QBs outside the pocket and RBs outside the tackles...clocked a sub-5 seconds time in the 40.

Greg Trent
LB, 5-11, 220, Keller, TX (Keller)

Named 1st team all-district his senior year despite missing four games... Was named District 5-5A co-defensive MVP his junior season, racking up 181 tackles...very quick, very fast linebacker who tackles with his face...brings intensity and a relentless attitude to the field...hits like a truck...constantly in motion, flying to the football.

James Bradley
CB, 5-9.5, 170, Garland, TX (South Garland HS)

First team All-District with 58 tackles, five INTs, eight pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and seven blocked field goals/PATs...Very fluid hips make him a shut down cornerback...Aggressive, confident playmaker who is extremely hard to shake...Punt and kickoff return specialist..can make a game-deciding play at any time...great feet, great hands...Also a special teams standout, had seven blocked field goals/PATs on the season...Punt and kickoff return specialist.

Cory Evans
LB, 6-2.5, 215, Lena, LA (Northwood HS)

Named Class 1A All-State for the second straight year...125 tackles as a senior with 6 INTs....Junior year - 8 INTS, with 88 tackles...Simply a crushing hitter...Athletic player with speed...In addition to his defensive exploits, was team's punter, kickoff returner, punt returner and running back...Rushed for over 1,500 yards on 231 carries...22 rushing touchdowns...8 two point conversions...Has excellent hands...Although a DB in high school, he starred in run support and was in effect, another 'backer.

DeMaundray Woolridge
RB, 5-9, 215, Keller, TX (Keller)

Rushed for over 900 yards in an offense that featured the pass...Rare combination of speed and power, with 4.3 speed in the 40... Can run over people or can run past them...A unique back...Also stars in track, clocked a 10.55 in the 100-meters as a junior, expected to challenge for state 100-m title this year.

Dwight Tardy
RB, 5-11, 202, Santa Fe Springs, CA (St. Paul HS)

Rushed for 2,272 yards on 236 carries...a 9.6 yard average..scored 34 rushing touchdowns...Rushed for nine TDs in a first round playoff game, setting a CIF record, scoring on runs of five, six, seven, nine, 15, 41, 41, 46 and 62 yards....Elusive, powerful back...Instinctive ability to make the first man miss...Very good hands coming out of the backfield...Great burst and acceleration, clocked a 4.5 in the 40...Outstanding work ethic.

Courtney Williams
LB, 6-2, 205, Los Angeles, CA (Dorsey HS)

Los Angeles Defensive player of the year, and Defensive Lineman of the year by The LA Times and member of Times All-star team...First team All-Region... First team all league...Unreal speed at linebacker...26 sacks among his 80 tackles during his senior year...Expected to challenge in 2005 for the state title in the 400-meters, where he clocked a 47.7 last year...Blazing fast linebacker who excelled at rushing the quarterback, in coverage and making tackles out in space...Junior season: 79 tackles, 15 sacks, three fumbles caused, and five fumbles recovered.

Lamar Brumfield
LB, 6-3, 215, Carson, CA (Carson)

103 tackles his senior season...In two years, recorded nearly 200 stops for Carson...In 2004, also two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a TD, to go along with his two sacks...Covers sideline to sideline and also has good coverage skills...Big linebacker who could eventually play in the middle but has the speed to play on the outside...Great motor, player who goes whistle to whistle...Sure-tackler with an excellent burst.

Joey Eppele
OL, 6-7.5, 290, Vancouver, B.C. (Vancouver College Prep)

Plowed the road his senior year for a running back that approached 1,500 yards in 12 games...Junior year earned Northern Conference All-Star honors for British Columbia's AAA Division......defensively, recorded 28 tackles and a sack...Physical specimen.

Xavier Hicks
S, 6-0, 185, Fullerton, CA (Fullerton HS)

Freeway League's MVP and earned All-Orange County honors on defense from the Orange County Register...LA Times Orange County All-Region first team at defensive back...Five INTs, including three in season-opener against La Mirada...Member of Scout.com's West 100...Starred at QB as well, completing 117 of 203 passes for 1,661 yards and 16 touchdowns...rushed for 809 yards and three touchdowns...averaged over eight yards per carry...went over the 150-yard rushing mark twice in 2004...also served as Fullerton's punter. Junior year earned first team all-league honors at safety...

Bryan Tarkington
DT, 6-5, 280, Moorpark, CA (Moorpark JC)

First-team all-Northern Division selection in the Western States Conference...recorded 78 tackles...racked up 16 sacks from his interior line position...forced 7 fumbles..recovered 7 fumbles...deflected 5 passes.

Derek Hunter
OL, 6-4.5, 285, Fullerton, CA (Fullerton JC)

Named first team All-Mission conference and all-state this season for Fullerton...tremendous leg strength...very physical lineman with quick feet...

DeWayne Patterson
S, 6-2, 195, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Chaffey College)

First team All-Foothill Conference...fearless defender who excelled in run support and coverage..In high school, was three-time all-league performer at Redland High...also starred in track...Big hitter....Will have three years to play two at Washington State.

Lorenzo Bursey
ATH, 5-9, 170, Culver City, CA (West LA College)

First team All-Western States Conference...rushed for 1,025 yards and five touchdowns...averaged 5.9 yards per carry...Remarkable athlete able to make cuts at top speed...had 260 receiving yards and 248 return yards for a total of 1,533 all-purpose yards on the season...HIGH SCHOOL, ran for 880 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior at Long Beach Poly...transferred from Beverly Hills High where as a junior, rushed for a school record 1,591 yards and 24 touchdowns, named league co-MVP.

Kenny Alfred
OL, 6-3, 285, Gig Harbor, WA (Gig Harbor HS)

Ranked the No. 8 player in the state of Washington and No. 56 player in the West by Scout.com...Seen by many as the top OL in the state...for second straight year, named first team Narrows League Bridge Division on both sides of the ball his senior season...Named one of only six "blue chip" prospects in the state of Washington by the Seattle Times...first team All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune...selected to the TNT's "Northwest Nuggets" and "Western 100"...first team All-State honors on offense by the Tacoma News Tribune and the Associated Press...also received AP honorable mention recognition on defense...lettered nine times during high school career, four times in football, three times in track & field, and twice in wrestling.

Brandon Gibson
WR, 6-0, 175, Puyallup, WA (Gov John Rogers HS)

All-SPSL South as a senior for second year, was an All-Star first teamer on the special teams unit in '03...rated the No. 17 player in the state of Washington by Scout.com...Member of Scout.com's West 100...selected to the TNT's "Northwest Nuggets"...Considered by many to be the top WR in the state...Phenomenal athlete with outstanding hands, great speed and is a precise route runner...Also excels on the hardcourt, earning second-team all-league honors in hoops as a junior.

Joseph Townsend
OL, 6-4, 265, San Jose, CA (Valley Christian Schools HS)

First team all-league selection on both sides of the ball two years running...helped lead team to West Catholic League title and CCS Open Division Championship his senior season...Junior year, helped team capture WCL title and Central Coast Section Division IV championship...Regarded as a top prospect in Northern California. Fast defensive lineman who has clocked a 4.9 in the 40. Intense player out on the gridiron, going full tilt from whistle to whistle.

Shelton Danzy
CB, 5-10, 185, Seattle, WA (Rainier Beach HS)

Consensus No. 1 cornerback in the state...Rated in the Top 25 nationally at CB by Scout.com...Member of Scout.com's West 100...Named DB MVP of WSU's 2004 summer camp...First-team all-state and all-Metro League Sound Division...Associated Press first team All-state...Seattle PI All-Star, one of PI's best 11 on defense...All-State by The Tacoma News Tribune on defense...1st team All-area by Seattle Times on defense..Seattle Times Metro League football all-stars on both offense and defense...Played run support safety this year but true calling might be cornerback...physical athlete who will stick like glue to a receiver...In 2004, tallied 88 tackles (63 solo) including 8 sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss. Had 4 INTs and 4 fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 80 yards for a TD...starred on offense as well this year, rushing for over 1000 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a junior, was named first-team all-Metro League/Sound Division on offense and second-team on defense...The earliest known verbal commitment in program history for Washington State, Danzy is a natural leader and has been in constant touch with his fellow verbals during the recruiting season...A star in the making.


Michael Willis
S/WR, 6-3, 215, Tacoma, WA (Lincoln HS)

Ferocious hitter with great speed who signed with the Cougars in 2004 but recently earned a qualifying SAT score. Figures to play immediately at safety, though he has the skills to excel on offense as well. As a prep senior in 2003 he racked up 1,207 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. Ws team captain and earned first team All-State honors from both the Tacoma News Tribune and the Seattle Times. His prep coach, who also mentored Reggie Williams, says they're equally gifted.

Cole Morgan
QB, 6-3, 185, Seattle, WA (Ballard HS)

Grayshirted in 2004. As a prep senior in 2003 he guided Ballard High to the state playoffs for the first time in school history, taking the Beavers all the way to the 4A state title game against Pasco. Completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,816 yards and 26 TDs, earning second-team all-conference plaudits. Also was second-team all-KingCo 4A as a junior, throwing for 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns. Prep quarterbacks coach was WSU legend Jack Thompson.

Benny Ward
WR, 6-3, 190, Van Nuys, CA (Birmingham HS)

A member of WSU's 2004 class who sat out last season to focus on academics...A two-time All-City choice who caught 56 passes for 1,176 yards and 15 TDs over his junior and senior seasons... Physical, big receiver who grabs for everything thrown his way...Tall, fast receiver who runs a sub-11 100 meters...A phenomenal blocker, described by his prep coach as hard-nosed.

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