Cougs set for talent infusion next month?

THE SIGNING DAY that gets all the ink falls in February, when high school seniors and junior college players ink their letters of intent. And while Paul Wulff is not going to go JC heavy this class, a couple of mid-year transfers -- plus perhaps a couple of four-year transfers -- could make something of a crimson splash in January.

Wulff said this afternoon there are several players who could enroll at WSU next month that he couldn't talk about yet.

With a school limited to 25 who can initially be put be on scholarship each class, Wulff said the Cougs could sign 2-3 junior college prospects overall.

"I don't think it would be any more than that," said Wulff.

Wulff estimated there are 3-4 players from the current roster who will be put on scholarship, though he declined to name them at this time.

"So it's conceivable in February we may only sign 17-18 high school kids," said Wulff.

A member of the 2008 class who fell short of qualifying academically, defensive lineman Josh Luapo, is expected to enroll in January. And Tim Hodgdon, an offensive lineman, grayshirted this past fall.

Branden Warner is among the mid-year junior college players in this class expected to graduate in December who holds a Washington State offer. He originally verbally committed to UCLA before coming up on an official to WSU for the Apple Cup and told CF.C following the trip that the Cougs and Bruins were tied.

THE COUGS ARRIVED in Seattle from Hawaii Sunday night around 10 p.m., with one coach staying behind to recruit Hawaii. Another six Wazzu assistants flew out this morning to hit the recruiting trail.

Wulff said he himself will "possibly" hit the road for in-home visits in the third week of December before the dead period hits on Dec. 20..

There will be at least one official visit recruiting weekend in December where Washington State will host prospects, on Dec. 12.

"We'll be on the road non-stop until the dead period begins here in December," said Wulff.

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