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:
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.
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.
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!.