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How to Defend Paul Wulff
Written by Bumpusaurus   
Friday, 13 November 2009 11:24

This week Paul Wulff blasted his fellow Pac-10 coaches for poaching recruits and called for an early signing period, such as exists for basketball.

I think what really sucks here, is that WSU has to work harder than (arguably) any other team in the Pac 10 when it comes to recruiting. I think Wulff's staff have done a really good job of identifying talent before the bigger programs take notice... mainly because they have to. What they've accomplished on the recruiting trail is nothing short of miraculous considering the way these past two seasons have gone.

On a related note, I still think we've got to give the staff two more years before we can really measure any results. I think there is a very small percentage of Cougs that really understand the utter cluster that Bill Doba created. He took this program from the pinnacle of success and let it crumble. I know hind sight is 20/20 but I gotta believe Sterk is kicking himself for that decision in 2002. Given the momentum of the program; we could have probably got some very interesting candidates.

Take a look at the last three signing classes we've had and what they have amounted to.

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The reason that we are smaller and slower than our competition is simply because we're playing with kids that are not Pac-10 caliber. Period. Take a look at the offers a lot of these kids got. Notice,that I don't list the interested schools, I just list the confirmed offers (per Scout.com / Cougfan.com).

 

Granted, part of this is due in part to us getting to kids early, but the 2008 class is comprised 90% of kids that arguably don't belong in the Pac 10. These are the players suiting up for us every Saturday. 2007 was Doba's last recruiting class. In December of 2008, we had three verbal commits when he left. To give some perspective; we have 16 verbals for the 2010 class as of today.

 

Player

2007 Listed Offers

Position

Current Status

Reed Lesuma (JC)

*

Oregon State, San Diego State

OL

Not good.

Alfonso Jackson (JC)

*

None

CB

Ken Dunn (JC)

*

None

LB

Wyman Alexander (JC)

**

None

MLB

Never qualified

Hallston Higgins

**

None

WLB

?

Romeo Pellum

***

Arizona State, Idaho State, Utah, Weber State

CB

Left the team

Oga Faumui (JC)

**

Hawaii

DT

Never qualified. Now at Idaho

Chima Nwachukwu

**

Rice

S

Injured.  Will come back.

Devin Giles

**

None

CB

Left the team

Aire Justin

**

Iowa State, Nevada, UNLV

CB

Injured most of the season.

Eric Block

***

Stanford

S

Probably wishing he took the Stanford sholarship.  Maybe average player?  Injured.

J.T. Levenseller

**

Eastern Washington

QB

Left the team.  Never should have been offered.

Jeshua Anderson

***

Nevada, Oregon

WR

Left the team.

Deon Ford

***

Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV, Utah

WR

On the team?

Jesse Feagan (JC)

***

Idaho

DE

Not good.

Terry Mixon (JC)

*****

Arizona, Arizona State, California, Miss., Tenessee

S

Left the team

Steven Ayers

***

Boise State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Oregon State, UNLV

OG

Injured all year.

Vaughn Lesuma (JC)

***

Iowa State, New Mexico State, Oregon State, San Diego State

Devin Frischknecht (JC)

***

None

TE

Marshal Pirtz

**

Idaho State

LB

Transferred to Idaho

Cornorris Atkins

***

None

S

Academically ineligible

Marshal Lobbestal

**

None

QB

Not good.

Logwone Mitz

***

None

FB

Injured all year.

Daniel Blackledge

**

Colorado State

WR

Injured all year.

Tyson Penser

**

Colorado

OL

Not good.

Andrew Roxas

***

Baylor, Colorado, Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah

OL

May be good one day.  Redshirting this year after suffering a rare food illness.

BJ Guerra

**

None

OL

Injured all year.

Kevin Freitag

**

None

OL

?

Kevin Lopina

***

Transfer

QB

Not good.

 

Player

Star Rating

2008 Listed Offers

Position

Current Status

LeAndre Daniels

*

None

S

Broke leg against Hawaii.

Louis Bland

**

Cal Poly, Montana, Sacramento State

RB

Moved to linebacker.  Out for the rest of the season (Arizona State)

Daniel Simmons

**

None

CB

Out for the rest of the season (Arizona State)

Michael Vandenkolk

**

UC Davis

CB

Left the team

Zach Williams (JC)

***

San Diego State

C

Injured has missed most of the season.

Alex Reitnouer

**

Idaho State, Montana State, Northern Arizona

OT

Moved to guard.  Listed at 253 pounds.  Starting due to all the injuries.

Adam Coerper

**

Portland State

TE

?

Cory Mackay

**

Arizona, Washington

WR

Best recruit in the class hands down.

Mike Ledgerwood

**

Portland State

MLB

May start.  No depth.

Kevin Frank

***

Boise State, Fresno State, Nebraska, San Diego State

CB

Left the team

Anthony Laurenzi

**

Nevada

DT

Has started this season.

Bernard Wolfgramm (JC)

****

Cal, Hawaii, Kansas State

DT

Injured most of the season.  Seems like a bust.

Terrance Hayward

**

None

CB

Has started.  Does okay.

Jay Mathews

**

Northern Arizona, Portland State

S

Will start.  No depth left.

Kevin Norrell

**

None

WR

Dismissed from the team.

Tyree Toomer

**

None

S

Out for the season with injury. Hasn't played one down.  Redshirting.

Chantz Staden (JC)

***

None

RB

Off season surgery.  Red shirting.

Josh Luapo (JC)

***

New Mexico State, San Diego State

DE

Out for the season against USC.

Jessy Sanchez (JC)

***

None

DE

Has he played?

Myron Beck (JC)

***

Eastern Washington, Sam Houston State, Westren Illinois

LB

Walk On

Andrei Lintz

**

Idaho State, Montana

TE

Has played some.

Calvin Schmidt

**

Eastern Washington, Idaho State

QB

Kicked off the team.

Skylar Stormo

**

None (Apparently had interest from UW and Boise State)

TE

Has played some.

Dan Spitz

**

Hawaii, Idaho

DE

Split time starting all season.

Tim Hodgon

**

None

OG

4th String

Jared Karstetter

***

Air Force, Eastern Washington, Idaho, UNLV

WR

Solid player.

 

Player

2009 Listed Offers

Position

Current Status

Brandon Rankin (JC)

****

LSU, North Carolina State

DL

January Enrollment

Terrel Thompson

**

None

LB

Didn't qualify.

Carl Winston

**

Arizona State, Colorado, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose

RB

Playing this year.

Sekope Kaufusi

**

San Jose State

LB

Redshirting.

Asi Hosea

**

Arizona State, BYU, Hawaii, Kansas State, SMU, Washington

S

January Enrollment

Travis Long

***

Boise State, Oregon State

DE

Playing this year.

Jordan Pu'u-Robinson

**

Idaho, Utah State, Wyoming

TE

Redshirting.

Sebastian Valenzuela

**

None

OL

Redshirting.

Peter Tuitupou (JC)

**

New Mexico State

TE

Left the team

Anthony Carpenter

***

Nebraska, Oregon State

CB

Redshirting.

Casey Locker

**

Washington

CB

Redshirting.

Nolan Washington

***

Arizona State, Boise State, Idaho, Minnesota

CB

Redshirting.

Arthur Burns

***

Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming

RB

Redshirting.  Recently moved to LB.

William Prescot

**

None

OL

Redshirting.

Johnny Forzani

***

Buffalo, Hawaii, Nevada

WR

Playing this year.

Quayshawne Buckley

***

Colorado State, Idaho, Oregon State

OL

January Enrollment

Jamal Atofau

***

Arizona, Boise State, Oregon, Washington

S

Redshirting.

Andre Barrington

***

None

LB

Redshirting.

Gino Simone

****

Boise State, Oregon State, Washington

WR

Playing this year.

Jeff Tuel

***

Fresno State, Nevada

QB

Playing this year.

Chris Mastin

***

None

DE

January Enrollment

Darren Markle

***

None

LB

Redshirting.

Justin Clayton

***

Fresno State

DT

Redshirting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Comments (7)
Kevin Freitag
1 Friday, 13 November 2009 11:42
Alan
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I have a friend that told me Kevin Freitag is out for the year with I think it was a shoulder injury
Mind boggling
2 Friday, 13 November 2009 12:03
Blackdeath
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Really amazing to read through each recruit and see where he is at now. This gives WSU fans hope for the future but I still would like to see our coaching staff get more creative with how we approach games. I realized it is tough with a depleted roster but all teams deal with these types of situations, albeit not as bad as WSU has been hit with injuries. Great post!
Great post! Blackdeath is wrong.
3 Friday, 13 November 2009 18:31
falcon
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How do you come up with a game plan with kids that shouldn't even be in the PAC-10? Come on. That would be like putting "Blackdeath" as linebacker for the Cougs. Might have great vision and experience, but is way undersized and too slow for this level of play. Great post Bump!
Falcon, it's called a new gameplan
4 Saturday, 14 November 2009 11:07
Blackdeath
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Did you watch Cougs play Hawaii? Our defense was running 3-man fronts the entire game and they made the Hawaii QB look like a superstar all game long. All I'm saying is the tried and true 3 to 4-man fronts have not worked so why not bring more blitzes? I don't disagree that the current Coug kids should be playing in the Ivy League vs the Pac-10 but it is hard to watch the coaching staff continue to do the same thing over and over again. And I'm not undersized! I have put on some impressive "Daddy" weight!
Not Good?
5 Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:40
Robyn Rae
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Who are you to deem players "not good" when half of them have not been given a chance to show if there good or not. Example: Reed Lesuma one of the "not good” players was given his first chance at playing against OSU, and showed that he could have been not only a help, but a huge asset to the “thin” Washington State Offensive line. It makes me wonder who else they are not playing that could have helped the Cougs this season.
Interesting Take Robyn
6 Thursday, 26 November 2009 08:18
Bumpusaurus
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I respect your opinon Robyn, but I would argue that the only players who haven't had a chance to show what they can contribute are the guys currently red-shirting. Because of injuries alone, we've got walk-on's competing for starting spots. Listen, I understand that these guys are trying their best. And while the label of "Not Good" may come across as harsh, it merely means that a particular player is not performing at the level required to compete in the Pac 10, nothing more. Reed Lesuma cracked the starting line-up 11 games into his Senior year on a team that suited up 45 players. Great? I guess? I hope he plays well in the AC, but I don't think we should retire his number anytime soon.
wulff
7 Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:11
Classicoug
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After watching the apple cup, I dont think anyone could possibly defend Wulff. You cant say, game after game, that the team is 'focused on the future' all the while constantly losing. He touts recruits but WSU has never been a big recruiter school, nor will it ever be. I dont think a D2 coach with a losing record at a bottom ranked school in the middle of nowhere is going to ever get star recruits. Its all about player confidence and discipline, and Wulff doesnt inspire that. Hes already having troubles with recruits and players choosing to go elsewhere.

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