A good week on the recruiting front for Paul Wulff. The Cougs picked up two commitments over the space of a couple of days and that has brought the Class of 2011 total to five. It really does make you wonder what sort of class this staff would be able to put together if they had more than three wins in two years. Imagine the possibilities if they can put up 4-6 wins this season and Moos greenlights a football only facility.
Let's take a peek at some of the headlines from this week:
1) Logan Mayes commits early.
This is significant in it's timing and it's quality. Mayes was shooting up the charts with his performance at several recent national camps. He's currently the #57 rated outside linebacker in the country according to Scout which is probably pretty accurate since he's been to several camps and comes from a mid-size town. For context, the #56 rated player is committed to Tennessee. The staff envisions Mayes playing a role similar to what Sekope Kaufusi will play this Fall.
Logan Mayes is obviously equipped with a much deeper knowledge of the history of the program so it should be interesting to see if he can play a deeper role in recruiting other prospects this cycle.
2) Chester Su'a equals Arthur Burns.
Our second running back commit profiles an awful lot like Arthur Burns did in last years class. He'll get a look at running back first but will move to outside linebacker if he doesn't stick there. As usual, this WSU staff was one step ahead of several other programs that were just beginning to kick things up with him.
It will be interesting to watch Hawaii this recruiting cycle as WSU is looking at a quarterback named Trent McKinney that is an islander as well.
3) Max Gama and Max Hersey get their ratings.
Scout has evaluated both and WSU fans should feel great about what they think about these guys. They peg Gama for a safety and put him at #53 in the country . Hersey is evaluated at middle linebacker and they have him at #41 in the country . Hersey is another Cougar legacy that is not likely to waver on his commitment. Should be interesting to watch where those ratings go as the season kicks off. Early Paul Wulff commits have regularly shot up the rankings as they play their Senior year.
4) Bishop Sankey holds steady.
Sankey continues to look around and pick-up new offers. Sankey has been Scout rated for a while. He's currently the #19 running back in the country. If he signs with us he will be the marquee recruit in this class. For context, the #18 running back is committed to LSU and the #23 rated runner is committed to Oklahoma. This kid is big time and the heat is only going to get more intense as he starts playing this Fall.
Sankey is tight with the staff so there is a good chance he'll hold his commitment if the staff stays intact. An interesting development is the hiring of the latest graduate assistant . His name is Rudy Griffin and he's coming all the way from Alabama. He's got ties to Chris Ball and Dave Ungerer. It looks as if he's going to help with running backs so it will be interesting to see if he gets tight with Sankey in the coming months. He'll be in Pullman in time for Summer camp so he will be important in the continuing recruitment of Sankey.