FROM PULLMAN -- A bit of football personnel news to pass along tonight. Players, not coaches. Though an announcement should be coming on the latter in the next couple days. Read on.
WSU announced the signing of kicker Michael Bowlin, offensive lineman Denzell Dotson and running back Teondray Caldwell on Monday. Bowlin signed a national letter of intent, and Dotson and Caldwell agreed to financial aid packages. And receiver Rahmel Dockery, a 2011 signee, also enrolled and began classes on Monday. So add four players to WSU's football roster.
A bit more on each signee ...
Bowlin: The stat that really jumps out at me is his size -- WSU lists him at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. That's a very big kicker. And it appears he has a pretty big leg. He averaged 64.1 yards per kickoff at Saddleback College last season, and made 11 of his 15 field goal attempts. He originally enrolled at Oregon out of high school, but left the program in February of 2010 and faced a harrassment charge following a late-night fight in late January of that year. Looks as if he'll have two years to play two.
Dotson: He graduated from high school (Cactus High School, Peoria, Ariz.) early so he could enroll this semester and participate in spring practice. He was first-team all-state as a senior in 2011. Listed at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds.
Caldwell: He rushed for 1,085 yards in eight games as a senior in high school (Venice High School, Los Angeles), signed with Nevada in 2011 but didn't attend.
Dockery: This is a familiar name out here, because the Tacoma receiver signed with WSU in 2011 before being denied by the NCAA Clearinghouse. He's enrolled now. Dockery is 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, and was the Tacoma News-Tribune's state player of the year in 2010 as a senior at Curtis High School (the alma mater of WSU basketball player DaVonte Lacy).