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Pop the Champagne Coach
Written by EC Rules   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 23:53

Signing Day has come and gone with 22 newly minted WSU Cougars. The class is a really good one. The staff had a plan for areas that they could attack and they executed to near perfection. 13 of the 22 recruits came from Washington State or the area between the East Bay and Sacramento. Let's  take a look at the composition of this class and who they best compare to.

Everyone is doing some sort of recap that references where we finished in the "rankings". I think the so-called rankings are garbage. Rivals doesn't update their player ratings on the West Coast more than once or maybe twice a year. The Scout network is incredibly responsive but they suffer from serious bias. For example, the Northwest recruiting coordinator is a relentless Husky fan and actually is part owner of the Husky fan site.

Rather than go by team rankings let's take a look at who our nearest competitor was and what sort of Cougar great this player profiles as. I've grouped the players into four categories:

1) The Drew Bledsoe Category (player could have gone anywhere he wanted)

2) The Gino Simone Category (player could have gone to most Pac-10 schools)

3) The Marcus Trufant Category (player had limited BCS opportunities but had limitless lower conference opportunities)

4) The Will Derting Category (kid was an hidden talent that WSU secured with little fanfare.)

 

Let's take a look!

 

The Drew Bledsoe Category (player could write his own ticket)

1) Aaron Dunn

Nearest competitor: Cal

Likely position in college: Tight End or Tackle

Player comp: Mark Bruener

 

2) C.J. Mizell

Nearest competitor: Florida State

Likely position in college: Outside Linebacker

Player comp: Mark Fields

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3) Brandon Rankin

Nearest competitor: Alabama

Likely position in college: Defensive End

Player comp: Mkristo Bruce

 

The Gino Simone Category (player had plenty of Pac-10 options)

4) Connor Halliday

Nearest competitor: ASU

Likely position in college: QB

Player comp: Matt Kegel

 

5) Deone Bucannon

Nearest competitor: ASU

Likely position in college: Safety

Player comp: Eric Coleman

 

6) Marquess Wilson

Nearest competitor: ASU

Likely position in college: WR

Player comp: Mike Bush

 

7) Damante Horton

Nearest competitor: ASU

Likely position in college: Cornerback

Player comp: Karl Paymah

 

8) John Fullington

Nearest competitor: Oregon

Likely position in college: Tackle or Guard

Player comp: Calvin Armstrong

 

9) Brandon Golden

Nearest competitor: Colorado

Likely position in college: Cornerback

Player comp: Marcus Trufant

 

10) David Gonzales

Nearest competitor: Tennessee

Likely position in college: Tackle

Player comp: Scott Sanderson

 

11) Wade Jacobson

Nearest competitor: Arizona

Likely position in college: Tackle

Player comp: Bobby Byrd

 

The Marcus Trufant Category (Plenty of Mountain West options)

12) Toni Pole

Nearest competitor: Utah

Likely position in college: Defensive Tackle

Player comp: Tai Tupai

 

13) Rickey Galvin

Nearest competitor: San Diego State

Likely position in college: Running Back

Player comp: Jerome Harrison

 

14) Bobby Ratliff

Nearest competitor: San Diego State

Likely position in college: Wide Receiver

Player comp: Brandon Gibson

 

15) Matt Simmons

Nearest competitor: ASU

Likely position in college: Safety or Corner

Player comp: Eric Frampton

 

16) Eric Oertel

Nearest competitor: Wisconsin

Likely position in college: Running Back or Linebacker

Player comp: Steve Dildine

 

17) Tracy Clark

Nearest competitor: Fresno State

Likely position in college: Cornerback

Player comp: Jason David

 

18: Robert Jiles:

Nearest competitor: Fresno State

Likely position in college: Wide Receiver

Player comp: Scott Lunde

 

19: Kristoff Williams

Nearest competitor: Fresno State

Likely position in college: Wide Receiver

Player comp: Devard Darling

 

The Will Derting Category (Hidden gems)

20: Devontae Butler-Booker

Nearest competitor: Math class

Likely position in college: Running Back

Player comp: Jonathan Smith

 

21: Tyrone Duckett

Nearest competitor: Fresno State

Likely position in college: Safety

Player comp: Hamza Abdullah

 

22: Blair Bomber

Nearest competitor: Air Force

Likely position in college: Wide Receiver

Player comp: Sammy Moore

 

23: Jake Rodgers

Nearest competitor:

Likely position in college: Tackle

Player comp: Ropati Pitoitua



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Comments (4)
great post
1 Thursday, 04 February 2010 08:05
magic
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I love this way of classifying the players, and the WSU player comps. Comparing the offers a kid had is likely a better measure of talent than whatever subjective criteria go into the star ratings. Seeing Halliday comped to Kegel seemed off to me at first, but the more I think about it I think its realistic. I hope Connor has more upside than Kegel ever had an opportunity to develop, but when you look at it objectively Kegel was actually pretty damn solid and underrated. Seems like most of the other player comps already account for upside development-- if not, and we ended up with all those guys in the same class, we'd be set for another run of three 10 win seasons.
Thanks
2 Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:01
ECRules
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Yeah, the comps were kind of a fun exercise. I based it off of what I've seen on video. What I'm hearing from those connected to the staff and their measurables. I might have undersold Halliday with the Kegel comparison since I've pretty much taken the highest upside possible for all other players. But I feel like Kegel could have been tremendous if he had more than one year of playing time. Much better than he is perceived. Plus, I thought it was interesting how there is kind of symmetry with the Gesser and Tuel situations. Halliday would likely get two years of starting if Tuel works out like we hope.
Interesting
3 Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:16
SFCoug
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Pretty unique way of looking at the class. Seems much more objective than you find anywhere else and is very clear and concise about the schools we were up against. The one thing I'd say is that I hope you're right about the Marcus Trufant category. You compared 6 of those 6 guys to players currently in the NFL. Nice work though, all Coug fans should take a look. One other thing - any thoughts on how we beat out ASU on so many guys? I love Pullman and all, but if I'm a college football recruit, Tempe is pretty damn tempting place to go.
ASU competition
4 Thursday, 04 February 2010 12:24
EC Rules
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Funny about ASU right? My sense is that they came in late on several of these guys. Honestly, if there was a school that was looking at our prospect list on a Scout or something and then trying to poach it was ASU this year. It was odd that ASU would pop into the conversation shortly after word of WSU's interest hit the interweb. It seemed like that was definitely Cal last year. It's odd though since Wulff views Erickson as sort of a mentor and friend. The other part is that some of these guys were fallback options for ASU. So, it's not like it was a true head-to-head match-up like we had for Scott Crichton with Oregon State or something like that. That's the case for a few of them. For a couple of others we flat beat them straight-up with our pitch. Take those comps with a grain of salt. That's best case scenario and would be like banking on winning a bet every time if you're odds were 10% In other words, if one of those guys maxes out his comp then we should probably consider that successful. We can always dream though, right?

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