Four delay enrollment w/ 15 in, 2 vets depart

FIFTEEN OF THE 23-member 2009 Cougar signing class are already on campus, enrolled and participating in the Cougs' voluntary summer workouts. Four others in the class will either delay enrollment and enroll at WSU in January or go the junior college route this fall. Meanwhile, two Cougar veterans are no longer with the team.

Prep safety Asi Hosea will take this fall off to concentrate on academics before arriving on the Palouse.

"I'll be grayshirting and will be headed up there to Washington State in January," said Hosea.

Chris Mastin's mother Kathleen said the Spokane defensive end will "probably for sure" also go the grayshirt route and enroll at WSU in January, as will DT Quayshawne Buckley as was reported in the San Bernardino Sun.

Back on Signing Day in February, Paul Wulff said 'backer Terrel Thompson was a long shot to qualify and the most likely scenario for him would probably be junior college. Such turned out to be the case, as Thompson's mother told CF.C that Washington State placed him at Glendale CC.

The remaining three in the class, (Peter Tuitupou was also part of the class but chose to go on his Mormon mission shortly after arriving at WSU) are Brandon Rankin, William Prescott and Jamal Atofau.

Wulff said back on Signing Day Rankin was a probable January 2010 enrollee and would likely take this fall to wrap up his AA degree. Atofau and Prescott are both expected to join the Cougs in time for fall camp in August.

On the roster released by WSU on Saturday, the names of cornerback Devin Giles and wide receiver Michael Willis were absent. Paul Wulff told the Spokesman-Review; "They were dismissed for a violation of team rules."

Giles, a senior-to-be, was listed as the starting corner on the pre-spring depth chart, (though it should be noted WSU pre-spring depth charts, at times and at some positions, can defer to upperclassmen as opposed to who may be actually leading for starting assignments), but sat out much of the session to concentrate on academics. Brandon Jones, who transferred from Cal last year, was among those who strengthened a bid for a starting candidacy at corner, along with Terrance Hayward and Tyrone Justin.

Anthony Houston, a highly ranked receiver coming out of high school to WSU in the 2006 class but who hasn't ascended the WR depth chart while in Pullman, has also been moved to cornerback.

"We're going to give him a shot on defense," Wulff says in the S-R. "It was something he wanted to do and we felt that would be an opportunity to possibly get him on the field."

Houston is a 6-3, 205-pound redshirt junior.

A senior-to-be, Willis was listed as the No. 2 flanker on the pre-spring depth chart behind starter and true sophomore-to-be Kevin Norrell. Jeffrey Solomon and Johnny Forzani were among those whom Willis was competing against for playing time headed into the fall.

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