Three new Cougs enrolled at WSU

THREE JUNIOR COLLEGE transfers are now officially WSU students. In the Cougar fold, a pair of 6-foot-6 offensive linemen plus one highly decorated defensive end. The trio -- Brandon Rankin, David Gonzales and Wade Jacobson -- will now also take part in the Cougars' upcoming 15-practice spring session.

Brandon Rankin and David Gonzales are on campus, while Wade Jacobson will arrive Wednesday. There was a paperwork issue with Jacobson but it's been resolved and all three are enrolled with Washington State according to a reliable source at the university.

Rankin was junior college All-America at Butte College in 2008, racking up 24 sacks among his 62 tackles. In addition to the CCCFCA JC All-America honor, he was named the Region I Defensive Player of the Year and All-California first team. Nick Saban at Alabama offered him recently but he stuck with Paul Wulff and the Cougars.

Gonzales (6-6, 275, 5.0) was a unanimous All-Valley Conference selection this past season at Fresno City College for his work at offensive tackle. He is expected to compete immediately for playing time at Washington State. Tennessee's coaches asked him to come out on an official visit and told him he had "a great chance of getting an offer while I'm there," but he went crimson before taking a trip.

Jacobson (6-6, 310) chose the Cougs over offers from Arizona and others, following a season where he earned All-Coast Conference and All-Region honors. "We felt all along Wade was one of the top offensive tackles on the West coast," Wulff said earlier this year back when Jacobson signed with WSU.

A fourth would-be Cougar who was thought to be on his way this January, Quayshawne Buckley, is not yet qualified and is now looking instead at Oregon State for his college destination.

The Cougs are not expected to bring in any other mid-year enrollees beyond the three. Rankin has 2-to-play-2 at Washington State, while Gonzales and Jacobson have 3-to-play-2.

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