Cougs' Signing Day looks to be done

A SIGNING DAY STUNNER -- Florida's C.J. Mizell, rated the No. 5 SLB in the nation by Scout.com in the 2009 class, has signed with Washington State. All told, Paul Wulff is expected to sign a recruiting class today that features at least six players that stand between 6-5 and 6-7, a whole bunch of standouts from the Bay Area and more.

Check here for the latest headed into Signing Day. And don't forget the CF.C chat session with recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen, starting at 1 p.m.



WSU CLASS OF 2010
February 3, 2010

LISTING OF SIGNED LETTERS OF INTENT RECEIVED:

THE PREPSTERS:
RB/LB Eric Oertel (6-1, 182)  
Racine, Wisc., Lutheran High
Rated the No. 54 middle linebacker in the nation. A two-way standout, he was named the Gatorade Wisconsin Football Player of the Year. He finished his prep career with 5,695 rushing yards. Chose WSU over Wisconsin, Illinois State and others.

OT John Fullington (6-6, 270)  
Belfair, Wash. North Mason High
Rated the No. 54 offensive tackle prospect in the nation by Scout.com. Named first team 2A Associated Press All-State as both an offensive and defensive lineman. Also was a two-way all-league performer as a junior. Chose WSU over Duke, Oregon, Oregon State, UW and others.

WR Blair Bomber (5-9, 165)  
Lynden, Wash., Lynden High
He's not big but he's fast. Last spring he finished second in the 100- and 200 meters at the Class 2A State Championships with times of 11.07 and 22.05 seconds, respectively. His personal best in the 100 is 10.99 seconds. He was named all-classifications All-State defensive back in 2009 by the Seattle Times and Tacoma News-Tribune, but his best position is receiver. Over his junior and senior seasons he caught 149 passes for 1,882 yards and 25 TDs. Lynden won three state titles in his four varsity seasons.

S Deone Bucannon (6-1, 180)  
Fairfield, Calif, Vanden High
Two-way standout caught 20 passes for 264 yards, and on defense posted 107 total tackles, 4 sacks and 2 INTs en route to earning all-league, all-city, all-region and Cal-Hi All-State honors. Named his league's defensive player of the year in 2008 and 2009. As a junior he posted 140 total tackles. Chose WSU over Army, Nevada and San Diego State.

WR Robert Jiles (6-0, 185)  
Pittsburg, Calif, Pittsburg High
Rated the No. 125 receiver prospect in the nation. First-team all-league on both sides of the ball in 2009. A slot-type receiver with great hands and excellent production after the catch. Has good breakaway speed and elusiveness. Also a solid blocker. Chose WSU over Fresno State.

TE Aaron Dunn (6-6, 235)  
Spokane, Mead High
Rated the No. 9 tight end prospect in the nation by Scout.com, and the No. 200 overall prospect in the land. Played both ways at Mead. Nice hands and excellent blocking skills. Also a standout in basketball. The only 4-star rated player expected in WSU's 2010 class. Chose WSU over Cal and others.

OL Jake Rodgers (6-7, 245)  
Spokane, Shadle Park High
Rated among the top 40 tight end prospects in the country but with a huge wingspan, great feet and a frame that can pack on the beef, he looks destined for offensive tackle. Chose WSU over Stanford, Oregon and others.

CB Tracy Clark (5-10, 175)  
Pittsburg, Calif, Pittsburg High
Rated among the top 100 corners in the nation. First-team all-league in 2009 along with fellow incoming Cougs Jiles and Williams. Chose WSU over Fresno State and San Jose State.

WR Bobby Ratliff (6-1, 180)  
Etiwanda, Calif, Etiwanda High
Rated among the top 90 receivers in the nation. Named all-league and all-CIF Central Division. Caught more than 90 balls over junior and senior seasons. Chose WSU over Nevada, San Diego State and others.

WR Kristoff Williams (6-2, 205)  
Antioch, Calif., Deer Valley High
Multi-dimensional prepster who racked 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2009 as a quarterback, receiver and return man. Also punted and played defensive back. Unanimously picked MVP of his league. Has a black belt in Kaji Kempo. Chose WSU over Nevada, Fresno State and others.

RB Rickey Galvin (5-8, 172)  
Berkeley, Calif., Berkeley High
Rated one of top 75 running backs in the nation. Racked for more than 2,000 ground yards as a senior and 1,200 as a junior. Has 4.5 speed. Bench presses 335 pounds and squats 500. Chose WSU over Fresno State and San Diego State.

WR Marquess Wilson (6-3, 172)  
Tulare, Calif., Tulare Union High
Rated the No. 90 wide receiver prospect in the nation. A two-way standout who also stars in two other sports. As a junior, he was named the Tulare County high school athlete of the after earning first-team all-league honors in football (for both offense and defense), basketball (also named league MVP) and track and field. Chose WSU over Arizona State, Fresno State and others.

QB Connor Halliday (6-5, 186)  
Spokane, Ferris High
Rated the No. 25 prep quarterback in the nation. In 2009 he passed for a whopping 4,177 passing yards and 43 TDs vs. 13 INTs, in the process earning all-classifications All-State honors from the Tacoma News Tribune. Passed for 2,404 yards with 21 touchdowns as a junior in 2008. Poised in the pocket, technically sound and has light feet. Also a standout in basketball. Chose WSU over Hawaii and late overtures from Arizona State.

RB Devontae Butler-Booker (5-11, 180)  
Sacramento, Calif; Grant High
To say he tore up the turf this past season is an understatement -- Butler-Booker rushed for a video game-like 2,884 yards with 45 touchdowns in 2009. As a junior, he ran for over 1,964 yards and 37 TDs and helped Grant High to the CIF State Open Division title. Chose WSU over Cal, Oregon and UW.

S Tyrone Duckett (6-0, 200)  
Alameda, Calif, Encinal High
A two-way superstar, playing quarterback and defensive back for an Encinal team that went 12-2 in 2009. On offense, he passed for 905 yards and 14 TDs and rushed for 938 yards and 13 TDs. On defense, he posted 67 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 INTs and 4 forced fumbles. He was named Bay Shore League Back of the Year and first-team Cal-Hi All-State at defensive back. As a junior, he rushed for 595 yards and collected 69 tackles. Chose WSU over Arizona State.

DT Kalafitoni Pole (6-2 1/2, 275)  
Union City, Calif., Logan High
Rated among the top 100 defensive tackle prospects in the nation. Was Defensive Player of the Year in the Mission Valley Athletic League. Was first-team all-league at both tight end and and DT. Offensively, in 10 games he had 18 catches for 529 yards with 6 touchdowns. Also named All-East Bay and All-Metro on both defense and offense. Chose WSU over Utah and Wyoming.

CB Brandon Golden (6-0 190)  
Covina, Calif., Charter Oak High
From the same high school as CougGreat CB Jason David, Golden was a first-team All-CIF, first-team all-area and first-team all-league performer at defensive back his senior season. He led Charter Oak to its second-straight CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division Championship in 2009. Posted 18 tackles (12 solo), six interceptions and 10 pass break-ups. Also returned kickoffs for the Chargers and carried the ball 45 times for 319 yards and four touchdowns. Chose WSU over Colorado and others.

CB Damante Horton (5-10, 175)  
Oakland, Calif., Oakland High
He racked up more than 100 tackles his senior season. Ranked on Scout.com the No. 81 cornerback prospect in the nation. One of the best athletes to come out of all of the East Bay, he was named first-team All-Oakland Athletic League and first-team All-East Bay. Local beat writers called him "a true lockdown corner" following his senior year.

CB Matt Simmons (6-0, 185)  
Torrance, Calif., Bishop Montgomery High
Scout.com rates him No. 95 overall in the state of California and No. 106 nationally at corner. He was named All-Del Rey League Second Team his senior year. A four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain. He also lettered four times in track and field. The son of Cougar Randal Simmons, a fallen Coug and SWAT officer who was killed in the line of duty in February of 2008.

LB C.J. Mizell (6-2, 220)  
Tallahassee, Florida; Leon High
Rated the No. 5 strongside linebacker in the nation in 2009. Took this past year off to concentrate on academics. Mizell racked up 113 tackles his senior season (87 solo) with 26 for loss and 12.5 sacks. He was named 4A First Team All-State, a finalist for the first high school Butkus Award and Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120. Originally chose FSU over Florida, Georgia and others.


THE JC TRANSFERS:
DE Brandon Rankin (6-4, 270)  
Shallotte, N.C., Butte College
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. Chose WSU over Alabama and others.

OT David Gonzales (6-6, 275)  
Fresno, Calif; Fresno CC
Rated the No. 108 middle linebacker in the nation. Gonzales 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. Chose WSU over Tennessee, Arizona, Marshall, San Diego State.

OT Wade Jacobson (6-6, 310)   
Hollister, Calif.; Gavilan College
Jacobson earned All-Coast Conference and All-Region honors this past season. "We felt all along Wade was one of the top offensive tackles on the West coast," Wulff said earlier this year back after Jacobson signed with WSU. Chose WSU over Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada and others.


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