Questions abound for Cougs as LOI Day dawns

MOST OF THE question-marks are usually clarified by the time letters of intent can officially start arriving at 7 a.m., but as this Signing Day dawns there are actually several pieces of the potential Washington State puzzle that remain murky – or perhaps cloudy, depending on which tea leaves you believe. Meanwhile, at least one brand new face on the radar reportedly could be heading to Pullman.

First, the pressing question-marks ...

Asante Cleveland, a WSU verbal since September, has been flirting with Miami since mid-December and sources on that side of the country insist the tight end is a done deal for the Canes. UPDATE: He signed with Miami.

Another WSU verbal commit who apparently is wavering is cornerback Brandon Golden of Covina, Calif. The Colorado student newspaper on Tuesday quoted his prep coach as saying Golden "is torn between Washington State and Colorado," but that he believes the lad is 60/40 in favor of WSU. Golden committed verbally to the Cougs in July and took his official visit to Pullman two weeks ago – a visit he told CF.C was all good. He tripped to CU in mid-December. UPDATE: He signed with WSU.

One of the most coveted, uncommitted remaining talents on the West Coast is defensive back Erick Dargan of Pittsburg High near Oakland. After crossing off UCLA recently, he is down to WSU or Oregon. He has three teammates who have verbaled to WSU and his mother reportedly likes the Cougs as well, but well-placed sources in the Bay Area say he's leaning toward the Ducks due to their slick facilities. UPDATE: He signed with Oregon.

At least one question-mark heading into this week is no longer. JC defensive tackle Deon Goggins announced late Tuesday that he's headed to Syracuse, not Washington State.

Another JC defensive tackle, David Mahoney, is believed to be deciding from among WSU, New Mexico State, Florida International, Texas Tech and Tennessee.UPDATE: He signed with New Mexico State.

MEANWHILE, THE Sacramento Bee reported on-line late Tuesday that Devontae Butler-Booker of Sacramento's Grant High will sign with WSU. "The senior tailback secures a deal that has been two years in the making as his hard-charging rushing style made him one of the most prolific backs in regional history. What's more, Butler has worked tirelessly to improve his academic standing after a rocky freshman season," the Bee writes.

Butler-Booker, who rushed 2,884 yards and 45 touchdowns in 2009, reportedly was in Pullman on an official trip last week and in recent days Paul Wulff had an in-home visit with him. He would presumably fill the slot in the Cougars' class that was left open last week when Adonis Smith, a Cougar verbal, switched to Northwestern.

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