Recruiting carousel: Cougs get 2, lose 1

THE STRETCH RUN OF the college football season is upon us. And that means one thing: Coaches are full-court pressing and kids are changing their minds. For Washington State, the game of musical chairs has been intense in recent days, with two prospects previously thought headed elsewhere deciding to go with Ol' Wazzu and a third de-committing from the Cougs and heading to USC.

Touted junior college defensive end Bernard Wolfgramm of College of San Mateo looked to be all but wrapped by Kansas State after reportedly verbally committing to the Wildcats following a visit there a week ago. But he's now headed to Washington State, reports JCFootball.com.

The four-star, 6-3, 270-pounder tripped to Pullman on Jan. 11. He is said to be highly athletic and plays with a non-stop motor. A San Mateo native, he recorded 45 tackles this past season, with 9.5 of them for loss. He also had offers from Cal and Hawaii.

Wolfgramm, who should contribute right away for the Cougs, isn't the only prospect to switch course in recent days. Sources close to wide receiver/linebacker Cory Mackay of Eastlake High in Redmond told Cougfan.com on Friday he officially de-committed from Washington and verballed with WSU head coach Paul Wulff during an in-home visit earlier in the week.

Mackay is said to have liked the family feel of Pullman. In addition, his girlfriend attends WSU. He actually was leaning toward WSU before Bill Doba's departure, and then snapped up UW's offer when it came the day after the Doba announcement. Last season, Mackay caught 64 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 TDs. He was named first-team all-league at both receiver and linebacker.

Mackay doesn't figure to be an immediate contributor for the Cougs but has the frame and feet to develop at either receiver or linebacker. He also had offers from Arizona, Nevada and Big Sky schools.

IN WHAT IS BECOMING an annual rite of late January, USC coach Pete Carroll has, for the third straight year, come cherry picking Washington State's list of commitments to fill out holes created by prospects higher on his list heading to schools other than 'SC.

This time it's Brian Baucham, a running back out of Torrance, Calif., who committed verbally to WSU last week. USCfootball.com reports today that the 5-11, 175-pound Baucham switched field over the weekend.

A year ago, defensive end/tight end Trey Henderson, out of British Columbia, jumped to the Trojans in the final week of recruiting following a commit to WSU. The year prior, defensive back Vincent Joseph switched from crimson to scarlet roughly 24 hours before letters of intent were signed. Joseph was in the news earlier this month when USC announced he was no longer with the team because of academic woes.


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