COUGARS • UPDATED: 1:30 P.M.; 3:15 P.M.
A quick post about the LOIs, with more to come after talking with WSU head coach Paul Wulff later today. There were some surprises, some positive, some negative. Read on.
UPDATE NO. 2: We just got out of Wulff's press conference. The Cougars have signed 22 players, with Wulff expecting one or two more before school starts, with a JC wide receiver waiting on paperwork and possibly a JC defensive tackle signing as well. With 25 initials available, he mentioned Casey Hamlett, the walk-on transfer from Western who played quite a bit at defensive end last year, having been awarded a ride. We're headed to basketball practice, then will be back with our recruiting story this evening.
• Just about everyone on WSU's commitment list has signed, all but one (California tight end Asante Cleveland) with the Cougars. There were a couple of late additions, including running back Devontae Butler-Booker from Sacramento and linebacker C.J. Mizell from Tallahassee, Florida. Mizell is a guy who graduated from high school in 2009 and had signed with Florida State. But he didn't qualify academically (think Quayshawne Buckley, who still may end up in Pullman if he can get his grades) and was able to sign once again. Whether he is eligible is a question I will have to ask Wulff. Mizell was considered one of the better linebackers last year. ... It looks like Butler-Booker will be eligible, though there were some questions on the Net about that. ... One of the commitments that had been rumored to be looking elsewhere was Brandon Golden, the cornerback from Charter Oak High in Covina, Calif. Golden was also on Colorado's radar, but signed this morning with WSU. ... The Cougars have 20 signed as I write this, one more (Maxx Forde) is expected and there are two JC kids already in school. That's 23. You can find a list here. ...UPDATE: Maxx Forde did not sign with WSU after all. He told the Cougars last night he's headed to Idaho (and he signed with the Vandals). My thought is, without talking with Forde, that he felt he had a better shot of playing defense at UI. The Cougars had talked about turning him into an offensive lineman. ... If WSU wants to sign a couple more players, or want to give scholarships to a couple of walk-ons from last year, they are available. ... Speaking of walk-ons, there will probably be a couple of those announced today as well, as long as they have moved forward in the enrollment process.
• That's all for now. We'll back later. Until then ...