Early arrivals most in WSU program history

TWELVE OF PAUL WULFF'S incoming class of recruits, plus three invited walk ons, will get a head start on studies and voluntary workouts by enrolling at WSU this summer. It will mark the largest influx of early arrivals from a new class in school history. Among them, Jeff Tuel, the touted QB from Fresno, and Skyline's Gino Simone, the No. 1-rated prep prospect in the state of Washington in ‘09.

The new Cougs will be partaking in WSU's bridge program that allows incoming freshmen to get a jump on their studies in the lower-key summer session, with their first class beginning on July 6.

In past years, typically no more than a handful of incoming footballers enrolled in the summer. What's different about this year?

Wulff, entering his second year at Washington State, has spoke often on his multi-faceted plan to build the program back up, and one tenet is to get the incoming recruits into the Cougar system and mix early.

Of course, Wulff needs the right type of guys to make it work, rookies who have the dedication and eagerness to work and learn. Gino Simone and Nolan Washington back in March had talked amongst themselves about wanting to come in early to Wazzu. So Simone texted other members of the class to see what their plans were. The response from his fellow Cougar recruits -- they were already hard at work in making their own plans to arrive at Washington State early in the summer.

The early arrivals in the '09 class will have more than a month to settle into college coursework and voluntary workouts before fall camp begins on Aug. 9.

The incoming Cougars who will be on campus early are:

LB Andre Barrington
S Anthony Carpenter
DT Justin Clayton
S Casey Locker
DE Travis Long
LB Darren Markle
DL Jordan Pu'u-Robinson
WR Gino Simone
QB Jeff Tuel
OG Sebastian Valenzuela
CB Nolan Washington
RB Carl Winston
DE Elliot Bosch
QB David Gilbertson
ATH Dominique Jackson

Bosch, Gilbertson and Jackson are invited walk ons.

NOTABLE NOTE: Click on the link for a recent audio interview with Washington and Simone conducted by Scout.com's Chris Fetters:

Top row, L-R: Andre Barrington, Anthony Carpenter, Justin Clayton, Casey Locker
2nd row: Travis Long, Darren Markle, Jordan Pu'u-Robinson, Gino Simone
3rd row: Jeff Tuel, Sebastian Valenzuela, Nolan Washington, Carl Winston

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