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Recruiting 2011

It’s one of the biggest days in the college football calendar, but helmets are not required. Today is National Letter of Intent day for college football. Expectations are high as Washington State, Washington, Idaho and Eastern replenish their rosters with high school and junior college standouts. Throughout the day check back here for reactions from coaches and players and the letter of intent lists from the local colleges.

G-Prep’s Hopkins signs with Stanford; Oregon State lands Clute

Charlie Hopkins signed his letter of intent before school Wednesday and planned to spend the afternoon continuing rehabilitation from a season-ending knee injury last fall. The Gonzaga Prep defensive end is headed to Stanford. For that, Hopkins is grateful that the Palo Alto, Calif., school stood behind its offer even though he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee midway through the season.

Eastern’s Baldwin has luxury of recruiting for selective needs

With remarkably few pressing needs coming off a national championship season, Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin had the luxury of being highly selective during a recruiting process abridged by his Eagles’ riveting run to the 2010 NCAA Division I football title last fall. As a result, Baldwin and his staff targeted their recruiting efforts on one or two top prospects at nearly every position, signing 20 high school players to national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Blanchette: Sankey’s reversal stokes rivalry

Perhaps the mutually damning part of Gonzaga Prep running back Bishop Sankey wriggling off the hook of Washington State in the most overwrought recruiting derby in our city’s history was the young man’s explanation as to why he’d “committed” to the Cougars in the first place before reversing field this last week and throwing in with rival Washington. “At the time I committed to Washington State,” Sankey told ESPN 710 Seattle on Wednesday, “I didn’t have any other offers.”

WSU coach Paul Wulff says the Cougars put a heavy emphasis on linemen in the 2011 recruiting class. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU goes big, not flashy

Despite a splash of talented receivers, the emphasis in Paul Wulff’s fourth group was on bigs, with WSU already having 11 offensive or defensive linemen among its 24 players announced Wednesday.
Idaho coach Robb Akey stressed a family feel and high expectations with his new class of recruits. (File/The Spokesman-Review / The Spokesman Review)

Vandals build on recent success

A family feel inside the program and heightened expectations – those are the two themes Robb Akey heard over and over again from recruits after they took official visits to Idaho.

Idaho’s 2011 class

University of Idaho's 2011 football recruiting class.

Blanchette: Sankey’s change of heart stokes Apple Cup rivalry

Washington gets the most coveted Spokane football player in more than a decade - Bishop Sankey - and the Cougars got some other guys that they’re all charged up about – and so it’s done. That is, it’s done until Sankey becomes an active principal in an Apple Cup. Then you’ll never hear the end of it.
Eastern coach Beau Baldwin says the Eagles have added some heft to the roster. (Dan Pelle / File/The Spokesman-Review)

National champion Eastern reloads

With remarkably few pressing needs coming off a national championship season, Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin had the luxury of being highly selective during a recruiting process abridged by his Eagles’ riveting run to the 2010 NCAA Division I football title last fall.

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More on WSU’s football signing class

COUGARS OK, we've heard from Paul Wulff – and I'm not about to try to summarize his 40-minute conference call; I'm not that masochistic ... or sadistic – and I've chatted with a few assistant coaches. With that, we've put together a story and we...

Eagles get selective with 2011 recruiting class

Beau Baldwin, the third-year head coach of Eastern Washington University's NCAA Division I national champion football team, announced the signing of 20 high school recruits to letters of intent on Wednesday. You can get an early look at the Eagles' recruiting story that will run...

Vandal sign 22 commits

The University of Idaho announced a class of 22 players who have signed letters of intent (now including the three who signed in January, Dominique Blackman, A.J. Annelus and Ryan Edwards, all of whom have been officially announced). This also includes Dion Bass, a 5-foot-9...

Sankey’s letter arrives at UW

Gonzaga Prep running back Bishop Sankey, originally a Washington State commit, has signed his letter of intent to play football at Washington. Comments here from running backs coach Joel Thomas, the former Vandal standout. Here is the Seattle TImes update on UW signings.

Faxes roll into WSU

COUGARS What do you know. The first high school players who committed to Washington State, sans the very first one, all get their letters of intents in early. Read on throughout the morning as we update the list.

Something going on today at WSU?

COUGARS It's hard to believe that the first day of the football letter of intent signing period, Signing Day if you will, has snuck up on us. Some things just seem to slip through the cracks. Wish it would get a little more coverage so...

Roundup of Vandal commits

On the eve of signing day, we've got a look at the University of Idaho's recruiting efforts in what will be Robb Akey's fifth class. Much is unknown at this point -- Akey will hold a press conference at noon tomorrow -- but one late...

Idaho prep star commits to EWU

Eastern Washington will make its 2011 football recruiting class official on Wednesday, the first day prospects can sign letters of intent. Among those expected to sign with the reigning national championsh is Idaho's Gatorade and 4A player of the year Cody McCarthy who -- according...