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23 and done! A few surprises along the way....
Written by EC Rules   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 12:52

We'll have a full summary later today on the 23 signees but there are a couple of surprises to the class that we want to talk about immediately. The biggest one is C.J. Mizel. We broke this name for you on Tuesday as someone that was kept very quiet but a likely late arrival.

 

Here are the details! 

 

C.J. Mizel- A really intriguing signing. He's got some red flags. Academic risk as he fell short of qualification last year when he signed with Florida State. He's also had some legal issues that kept him from playing football in Georgia. The word is that he was looking for a place to extricate himself from bad influences locally. The upside on this guy is HUGE. Both big scouting services had him among the Top 25 linebackers in the country last year and Scout had him as high as #5. He's got size and speed to burn. The guy measures out like a Mark Fields type of player. He's the only listed true linebacker in this class and he's one of the most talented guys in the class in terms of raw ability. It will be an interesting storyline to watch all Spring to see when he makes it to campus and if the academic hurdles are truly cleared or if this is more of a Brandon Rankin/Quayshawne Buckley scenario.

 

Devontae Butler-Booker- This is the replacement for Adonis Smith. Smith de-committed last week and went to Northwestern. He's got some academic risk and that might have had several schools back off of him. His high school numbers are off the charts and he's a reputed hard worker so hopefully he turns out to be something a little more than a depth guy.

 

Maxx Forde- This is a bit of a surprise. Forde went to Idaho at the last minute. He thins out the line depth we have in this class. He's always seemed to be a very laid back kid and lukewarm on the recruiting process. It will be interesting to see if he pans out over the next couple of years or if football is a hobby rather than a passion for him. He's got prototypical guard body and athleticism so the potential is there to dominate the WAC if he wants it.

 

In my mind, Forde and Booker cancel each other out a bit in terms of upside. The Mizel signing is a wild card. If he's qualified and on campus by Summer this could be an incredible late signing for us. Our total is at 23 with the mid-year transfers and it looks like the staff might be fishing for a few more (read: Julious Moore) in the coming weeks. It's a really good class overall and we just missed on making it stellar by losing out on Cleveland, Goggins and Dargan in the end. Full wrap-up coming later today!

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How is the recruiting class looking so far?
Written by Jerret West   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 09:43

Well, the good news is that we haven't lost anyone that was "solidly" WSU up to this point. It appears that Brandon Golden might be the only surprise de-commit. We are about 13 LOI's in to the office which makes us 50% of the way finished. Let's a take a look at how we're doing so far.

Here a breakdown of the good, bad and ugly a few hours in to this crazy day:

 

The Good:

Deone Bucannon- He's probably the signature secondary guy in this class. Heat from ASU late but he stuck with WSU. He should be very good for us as a run stuffing safety that plays sideline to sideline.

Aaron Dunn- Has a chance to be a Mark Bruener type of tight end for us. A top ten tight end nationally and we kept him home despite pressure from Cal. He could be a starter by the middle of this season if he takes the weight program seriously from now through start of the season in August.

Connor Halliday- We've got our QB for this class. He's bumped all the way up to #25 in the nation on Scout. Throw 30 pounds on the kid and he's got all the tools to be a fantastic player for us. Again, Cal came late but he was set on WSU.

Marquess Wilson- He was being pressured by UCLA but stuck with WSU. He is likely to be a guy that will play this season given our depth at wide receiver. Probably our best all-around receiver recruit this class and one of the best on the west coast.

 

The Bad:

Asante Cleveland- He went to Miami. The kid has the looks of being an elite pass catching tight end on Saturday's and possibly on Sunday's down the road. It's a shame we lost out on this guy at the end.

Deon Goggins- He went to Syracuse. A kid that USC wanted to bring in late and the kind of player that could have started for us this coming season. We've got issues at defensive tackle and it doesn't look like much help is coming for this season.

Erick Dargan- Looks headed to Oregon. Both his teammates have signed/sent their LOI's to WSU. Combine that with Dargan unannounced and the fact that UO is holding their announcements until 1PM and you're likely looking at Dargan's letter sitting on a fax machine right now in Eugene.

 

The Ugly:

David Mahoney- He signed with New Mexico State. Wow. I have to believe we backed off of him towards the end. His list was pretty wacky so it wouldn't surprise me if the real decision for him came down to Florida International or New Mexico State.

 

So far, the morning probably isn't turning out like Wulff had hoped with the 50/50 guys. We've missed on virtually every one of them. There has been a late surprise with a lightly recruited running back out of Sacramento but that's little solace in comparison to losing Dargan, Cleveland, Goggins and Mahoney.

Nevertheless, the heart of this class is built on guys that were solidly with WSU for the past several months and even with some of those misses late we are seeing a class that is the best WSU has seen over the past several seasons. If they all qualify you are looking at a class that should take us to a bowl game down the road. Go Cougs!

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Some key recruits to watch for tomorrow
Written by EC Rules   
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 20:24

Should be a fun day tomorrow as the LOI's will start rolling in to Pullman first thing in the morning.

Here are some of the key names to keep an eye on as the day unfolds and make sure you read on for a surprise name that hasn't been mentioned anywhere before to my knowledge:

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Update on WSU recruiting storylines
Written by EC Rules   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 10:23

We've chronicled the four big story lines in this final week of recruiting. Here is an update on each as we head to the weekend. I'm sure stress levels are running high in the WSU football offices. Some key players are there for the taking if we can close strong. Priority number one has to be Asante Cleveland but it looks like it's out of the hands of the staff at this point. Let's hope the players are hitting him on text and facebook. He's a key to this class.

Hit the read more button for the latest!

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Critical week for WSU in recruiting
Written by EC Rules   
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 21:55

It's crunch time in recruiting and the WSU staff needs to close strong. This week will be the difference between a really good class and a stellar one. A couple of players look to be wavering a bit and a couple look to be new opportunities.

Hit the read more button for the four key things to watch for:

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