THIS RECRUITING CLASS so far has been like no other at Washington State. The Cougs under Paul Wulff have more verbal commits at this stage of the recruiting cycle than ever before in program history. And did you ever think you would see more crimson verbals from Florida (4) than from California (2)? But something tells me that's about to change.
Washington State has made significant further inroads in the Bay Area and throughout California under Paul Wulff
-- you can expect the Golden State to start producing more Wazzu verbals as time goes by in 2010.
Historically, there are more WSU recruiting class members who sign from the Golden State than any other, and California is again expected to be the top state numbers-wise in 2011 for WSU.
Other noteworthy events in Cougar recruiting thus far...
The Cougs have 11 known verbal commitments, the third most in the Pac-10. Looking around the conference, USC has 9, Arizona has 9, Oregon has 6, Cal has 6, Oregon State has 5, UCLA has 3, ASU has 2. Stanford leads the way with 19, followed by the Huskies at 14.
Washington State got an early verbal this class from a Hawaii prospect, RB/LB Chester Sua. Wulff has had recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen work that area hard since the staff arrived in Pullman, and it won't be a surprise to see that pipeline start to flow at an increased rate over the next couple recruiting classes.
The Cougars have two verbals from the state of Oregon. The last time the Cougs took two from the Beaver State was in the 2008 class, with Adam Coerper and Jay Matthews.
Washington State was young on the o-line last year and didn't need to take a lot of guys -- and to do so would have short shrifted other needs. They're still young up front, but expect them to take more this class than last. The Cougs are currently without an o-lineman verbal, something we don't expect to be the case for much longer.
And of course, the Cougs have four in the fold from the state of Florida.
The way the positions break down thus far on the commit list -- 1 SS/LB, 2 WRs, 1 CB, 1 DT, 1 RB/LB, 1 Leo LB, 1 S, 1 TE, 1 RB, 1 ATH. (Note: Max Hersey is listed by Scout as a DE but he'll come to WSU as a TE).