Recruiting roundup: Counting the corners

WAZZU HAS ONE cornerback commitment in its 2007 recruiting class and the move for more is taking clear shape. Two weeks ago WSU offered Romeo Pellum, from the same town as WSU back Dwight Tardy. Last week, Las Vegas prep star Eddie Wide – thought headed for UW or Utah – said he'll trip to Pullman on Jan. 12. And Jermain Thomas, a three-star prospect, says he's visiting WSU next month as well.

Eddie Wide (5-11, 180 pounds) hails from Cimarron-Memorial High in Las Vegas. He recently was named the Gatorade Player of the Year from Nevada. He was considered a lean to Washington earlier this year, but then Utah entered the picture. And now it looks like a three-team pursuit following a strong push by Washington State.

Romeo Pellum, his league's MVP, recently had an in-home visit with WSU coaches Ken Greene, George Yarno and Robb Akey. "Those two (WSU and Utah) are the leaders but Washington State has Utah by a little bit, not that much," said the , 5-10, 163-pounder from California's Santa Fe Springs High. "Coach (Ken) Greene is a good guy, I believe he put three guys in the NFL in the last 4-5 years at corner and another one is going this year."

Both of the Cougars' starting corners this season were seniors: Don Turner and Tyron Brackenridge. And three of the next four on the depth chart -- Brian Williams, Markus Dawes and B.T. Walker -- will be seniors in 2007.

Pellum also is considering Utah, with Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon State and San Diego State lurking. Oregon is also in the mix. His uncle, Don Pellum, is the Ducks' linebackers coach.

WSU and Utah, though, have been recruiting him the longest, he said, with Utah looking at him to play receiver. He is on track to be fully qualified.

Meanwhile, Jermaine Thomas (5-10,170) of Duarte (Calif.) High just east of Pasadena, is leaning toward Fresno State but doesn't plan to make a decision until tripping to WSU, Nebraska, Kansas and San Jose State.

This fall, Thomas has done it on both sides of the ball. He's caught 50 balls for 1,114 yards and 14 touchdowns, and rushed for 347 yards and two TDs. He also scored five TDs on punts, kickoffs and interceptions. He picked off eight balls and posted 51 tackles.

Four-star JC (College of the Sequoias) corner Woodny Turenne, who tripped to WSU earlier this month, says he won't make a choice until he takes the last of his official visits. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was at Louisville Dec. 16. He tripped to Florida in September and is set for a visit to Miami on Jan. 19. Ole Miss or USC could get his final trip.

Omar Bolden, a prep corner from Ontario, Calif., also tripped to WSU in early December but looks to be headed to Nebraska, Oregon State, Washington or Utah.

Dallas-area prep cornerback Andre Richardson, who earned an offer from Washington State back in July, saw his final prep season and college future turned upside down when he was suspended from school in September. The carpool he was in was stopped on campus and a gun found inside. "If you get caught with a gun, even though I wasn't caught with it, they kick you out of the school." As of Thanksgiving, he said, Wisconsin and Colorado State were the only schools he was continuing to hear from.

THE ONE CORNER ALREADY committed to the Cougs is Byron Davenport, a former UCLA Bruin. He's at El Camino JC, but didn't play football in the fall and will have two seasons left to play two. He departed UCLA 10 months ago due to family issues and some dissatisfaction with UCLA. He said one of the main reasons he chose Washington State was secondary coach Ken Greene.

"I'm definitely excited about WSU and I'm definitely excited about being coached by Ken Greene -- he coached my high school coach and I've heard nothing but good things about him," he told CF.C on Dec. 11. "He's strict, but he's fair. And that's what I want, I want to go someplace where I'm going to get better." He is on track to complete his AA degree in June.

IN OTHER RECRUITING NEWS, JC All-American defensive end Luis Vasquez, who had verbally committed to WSU and was set to enroll in January, switched gears after defensive coordinator Robb Akey's move to Idaho and just signed with Arizona State ... Tyler Junior College tight end Jim Reuber, whom the Cougars were interested in before landing JC All-American Devin Frischknecht, is headed to the University of Tulsa … JC defensive tackle Joseph Townsend, a WSU signee in 2005, announced that he will follow his older brother to Nebraska … Billy Winn, a prep defensive lineman from Las Vegas, is down to Texas Tech, Boise State, Arizona State, Oregon and UNLV after interest from WSU and Oregon State cooled ... Robert Johnson, a safety out of L.A. Southwest College who tripped to WSU two weeks ago, has given a verbal commitment to Utah, saying Salt Lake City's bigger size won out over pastoral Pullman.

National letter-of-intent signing day is Feb. 7.

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