RECRUITING: Entering the in-home visit period

THE IN-HOME VISIT period of recruiting began on Sunday and seven coaches are on the road. Between now and Dec. 20, Washington State football coaches will travel to the living rooms of crimson targets across the country, including Paul Wulff.

With the Cougs' regular season completed, the focus now shifts into overdrive on recruiting.

Paul Wulff has said the Cougs are looking to take less than 20 prep signees, a handful of junior college players and then give a few scholies to walk ons currently on the roster.

Schools are allowed to sign 25 in any one class, not including grayshirt oversignings. A school can have a total of 85 players on scholarship.

The Cougars have 10 known commitments -- eight of whom are rated three stars by, the other two are four and two stars -- though two of those pledges are or will be considered soft verbals by (Since making their verbal commitments to WSU, Gino Simone and Geoff Meinken have either taken or said they will take official visits to other schools.)

Sunday marked the first day coaches were allowed to make in-home visits to prospective student-athletes.

A maximum of seven coaches are allowed on the road at any one time. Not more than one visit is permitted during any one calendar week and head coaches are allowed only one visit total.

Because of a rules change this year restricting head coaches from recruiting on the road during the May Evaluation period, this will be the first time Wulff will have been on the recruiting trail since last December.

The in-home visitation period closes back down the third week in December for the holidays before opening back up for a couple weeks in January.

Washington State will also be hosting recruits on campus between now and Feb. 4, 2009 -- National Letter of Intent Signing Day. (Midyear junior college transfers can first sign on December 17.)

Among the many recruits the Cougs appear likely to sit down with over the coming weeks, Latu Heimuli and Isi Sofele out of Utah, Spokane's Travis Long, California's Arthur Burns, Issaquah's Simone, Lynnwood's Meinken, Justin Juckem out of Chilton, Wisc. and Canada's Boseko Lokombo to name but a few.

Four Cougar verbals, Jamal Atofau, Andre Barrington, Meinken and Simone were named to the Seattle Times all-area team today.

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