In all the, the Cougars announced a class of 16 new signees, with three grayshirts from a year ago, plus Aaron Wagner, who returns this fall from a Mormon mission, and Kyle Kendrick, a two-sport athlete who'll sign on as a baseball recruit.
Here's a quick run down of the kids who are officially WSU-bound:
DB Hussain Abdullah (6-1, 190), Pomona (Calif.) High
A marvelous all-around athlete, he was rated the No. 9 safety on the West Coast by PacWestFootball.com and was named CIF Division 9 defensive player of the year. Hauled in a key, 65-yard touchdown pass in Pomona's 35-21 win over University in the second round of the playoffs. Named to the All-CIF All-Division second-team and first team All-Valle Vista League as both a defensive back and wide receiver. As a junior he was first-team all-league and named his team's defensive player of the year. Brother Hamza is a WSU DB and Cougar defensive lineman Odell Howard is an old teammate.
OL Patrick Afif (6-8, 320), Orange Coast JC
Ranked No. 2 junior college offensive lineman in the country by The Insiders.com and one of the top 125 junior college players by Prep Star Magazine. He enrolled at WSU this month.
DB Christian Bass (6-2, 195), Canyon Springs High, Moreno Valley, Calif.
Recorded marks of 34 inches in the vertical jump and 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles. Rated the No. 44 safety prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com. Also tabbed as one of the top 100 players in the state of California by SuperPrep Magazine and CalHi Sports. Ranked the No. 6 prep safety on the West Coast by Greg Biggins of PacWest Football.
DE/LB Reshawn Bobo (6-1, 200), Canyon Springs High, Moreno Valley, Calif.
Rated the No. 13 defensive end on the West Coast by PacWestFootball.com. Earned first-team All-Riverside County honors after racking up 15 sacks during his senior season. Described as a "quarterback-seeking missile off the edge," by Prep Star Magazine. Often used to drop back in pass coverage. On offense, he led team in receiving yards. Also a track and basketball standout.
QB Alex Brink (6-3, 190), Sheldon High-Eugene
As a junior led team to the state title game, throwing for over 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns and earning first-team All-State honors. This past season he led Sheldon to the state championship and finished the year with nearly 4,000 air yards and 36 TDs. Named first-team all-state and Oregon player of the year. Ranked No. 72 nationally by TheInsiders.com for quarterbacks. Named to Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 list. Was 35-3 in three years as starting quarterback.
RB Chris Bruhn (6-3, 205), Butte Junior College
Part of back-to-back Nor-Cal championship teams at Butte in 2000 and 2001 As a freshman there in 2000 he rushed for 876 yards and nine touchdowns on 133 carries. In 2001 he was named the 27th best junior college prospect by JCFootball.com, racking up 1,161 rushing yards and 14 TDs despite playing only nine games. He spent all of this past season in the classroom. As a prepster at Woodland (Calif.) High, Bruhn rushed for more than 1,800 yards and 20 TDs in both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior he was named his league's MVP and also received All-Metro and all-area honors. He also was an All-Far West pick by both Super Prep Magazine and Prep Star Magazine. He signed with the Cougars at that time but didn't quality academically.
OL Bobby Byrd (6-6, 290, Oceanside (Calif.) High
Ranked the No. 9 offensive lineman on the West Coast by PacWestFootball.com and named to Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 list. A first team All-County and All-San Diego choice. Teamed with fellow Cougar signee Russell Foster of to pave the way for a California victory over Florida in the CaliFlorida Bowl IV.
LB/DE Jon Conlin (6-3, 240) Vancouver (B.C.) College Prep
Team captain in football and track. Was named his league's defensive player of the year this past season, Mr. British Columbia Football and consensus All-Canada after recording 65 tackles with 20 tackles for loss (10 of them sacks). He also recovered five fumbles. As a junior he made 60 tackles, including 11 sacks and 15 for losses. His team went 26-3 over the past two seasons. He was named the top college football prospect in Canada by nflcflfutures.com.
OL Russell Foster (6-7, 290) Bonita Vista High-Chula Vista, Calif.
All-league as a junior then had a monster senior season. Ranked one of the top 80 OL prospects in the nation by TheInsiders.com and one of the 12 best in the West by PacWestFootball.com. Named to California's "Hot 100" football recruits by Mark Tennis of CalHi Sports, Received two votes in the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West" poll. Named second-team All-State team by CalHi Sports. Joined fellow WSU signee Bobby Byrd in the trenches for California's CaliFlorida Bowl IV victory over Florida.
DB/WR Jason Hill (6-3, 190), Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, San Francisco
Co-runner-up for City of San Francisco player of the year this past season. Named honorable mention all-region at defensive back and wide receiver by The San Francisco Chronicle. Returned three kickoffs, one punt and three interceptions for TDs this season. Nabbed nearly 584 yards worth of receptions and another six TDs. Also took a handoff 74 yards for a TD.
DE/TE Aaron Johnson (6-5, 245), Armijo High, Fairfield, Calif.
Ranked No. 73 defensive end in the country by TheInsiders.com. Named one of the top 100 players in California by SuperPrep and No. 9 defensive end on the West Coast by PacWestFootball.com. Named to Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 and earned all-league honors as a tight end. Sacramento Bee named him All-City and offensive lineman of the year.
DT Tolifil Liufau (6-2, 300), St. Louis High-Honolulu
Another great product from Jason Gesser's alma mater. A two-time all-state pick, he was rated the No. 23 defensive tackle in the nation by The Insiders.com and the No. 7 defensive tackle on the West Coast by Greg Biggins of PacWest Football. Finished his career with 43 tackles for loss and 18 sacks. As a junior was named Honolulu defensive player of the year. Has yet to secure a qualifying SAT score.
OL Keola Loo (6-1, 290), Orange Coast CC
Played prep ball at Jason Gesser's alma mater, St. Louis High in Honolulu. Spent the last two seasons at Orange Coast. Rated the No. 3 junior college offensive lineman in the country by TheInsiders.com and one of the top 125 junior college players by PrepStar. Could step in at center for the Cougars this fall.
DT Ropati Pitoitua (6-7, 240), Clover Park High-Tacoma
A Pac-10 sleeper who appeared headed to Nevada, Pitoitua has the size and agility (he's also a standout basketball player) to make some hay on the Palouse two or three seasons down the road. May grayshirt.
WR/TE Scott Selby (6-5, 215), Castle Rock (Wash.) High
Big frame, good wheels and soft hands, he could prove the sleeper of the class. Hauled down some 75 passes over the past two seasons for 1,000 yards. This past season he posted 91 tackles at strong safety position. A Seattle Times Red Chip selection. Also a standout in basketball and track. Could grayshirt.
LB Paul Stevens (6-4, 225), Clover Park High-Tacoma
A Seattle Times Red Chip selection, he was Clover Park's captain and team MVP in 2002 en route to first-team All-Area honors from the Tacoma News Tribune. Also voted All-State honorable mention. Also a standout in basketball and in the classroom. Cousin Saul Patu played football at Oregon from 1997 to 2000 and another cousin, Chris Nofingaiga, plays at Idaho. Clover Park teammate Ropati Pitoitua is also a Cougar signee.