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Recruiting: Bellevue QB commits to WSU

Washington State picked up its 15th commitment of the 2016 recruiting class Thursday afternoon.

Justus Rogers, the quarterback at perennial 3A state champion Bellevue High, announced his decision to play for Washington State on Twitter.

The recruit-tracking service Scout.com lists Rogers as an "athlete," meaning the 6-foot-2, 215-pound high school senior is probably more likely to end up at safety, linebacker or wide receiver than quarterback.

Rogers is the fourth instate player to commit to WSU in 2016. The Cougars did not sign any players from the state of Washington in the last recruiting cycle.

Here are some video highlights:

Recruiting: 2017 safety accepts WSU scholarship offer

Ty Thomas, a junior at Cooper High in Lubbock, Texas accepted a scholarship offer from WSU just a couple days after it was extended.

According to Braulio Perez, who broke the news of Thomas' commitment, the WSU coaches recruited Thomas as a safety. He joins Tayari Venable as the two members of WSU's 2017 recruiting class. That duo will not be officially able to sign with the Cougars until February, 2017, so their recruitments are likely still far from over.

Here is Thomas' highlight video.

Recruiting: Cornerback Isaiah Love accepts WSU scholarship offer

Isaiah Love, a cornerback from West Covina, California, announced his decision to play football Washington State on Monday afternoon.

In his announcement, Love references an offseason neck injury that is expected to keep him out for at least few games this fall. A three-star recruit, Love also held scholarship offers from Colorado, Fresno State and San Diego State. His Hudl profile lists him at 6-foot, 165-pounds and claims a 4.71 time in the 40-yard dash. Here are his junior season highlights:

WSU adds safety Hunter Dale

During this brief layover at SeaTac I turned on my computer to discover that the Cougars have added a 25th player to their 2015 recruiting class. 

They're already calling us to board, but here is the release from Washington State:

Cougar Football Adds Hunter Dale to 2015 Signing Class
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State head football coach Mike Leach announced Monday that safety Hunter Dale has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Cougars this fall.
Dale is a 6-0, 190-pound safety from New Orleans and was a four-year starter at John Curtis High School, helping the Patriots to three-straight 3A state titles his first three seasons. He earned All-State honors as a junior and senior and also helped the Patriots to an undefeated season and a national championship as a sophomore. He picked off eight passes as a junior and recorded 53 tackles with three interceptions this past season, helping JCHS to the 3A state title game. He finished his career with 16 career interceptions and 110 solo tackles.
Dale is rated a three-star prospect by ESPN.com. Scout.com and 247Sports.com and ranked the No. 81 safety prospect in country and No. 4 safety in Louisiana by Scout.com. Dale also plays baseball for the Patriots, recording nine doubles, two triples, one home run, 24 runs scored and eight stolen bases as a junior.


WSU adds a cornerback to 2015 recruiting class

The Cougars announced 23 signees yesterday during the first day of the signing period, but that doesn’t mean they were done recruiting.

In fact, Washington State coach Mike Leach said that they planned to take a full class of 25 recruits. This afternoon the Cougars filled one of the vacant spots by signing cornerback Sean Harper out of Hartwell, Georgia's Hart County High.

Harper is the sixth defensive back to sign with the Cougars in the 2015 class (seven if athlete Logan Tago ends up in the secondary), two of which are junior college transfers.

Harper is 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and claims scholarship offers from Indiana, Louisville, Nebraska and other schools. Below is a video of WSU's newest signee in action.

Morning links: Signing day come and gone

Yesterday was the first day football recruits in the class of 2015 could sign letters of intent.

Washington State signed 23 players in the class and while there could be a couple late additions, there is already plenty to digest.

The basketball team plays tonight at Oregon State at 7 p.m. and I'm just now making the overland trek so let's get to those links.

— WSU signed a very good class but it could have been great if not for some late defections.

— We've compiled profiles of each signee including rankings, video and Mike Leach's assessments.

— Here is our look at WSU's recruiting budget relative to its peers.

— We've got a story on one recruit who should contribute immediately.

— Here is the official release from the school.

— Leach confirmed yesterday that assistant coach Dennis Simmons is headed to Oklahoma.

— We also have a story on basketball coach Ernie Kent's return to Oregon, where he played and coached.

— SportsPressNW takes a look at the Washington schools' respective signing day hauls.

— The Pac-12 Blog grades the recruiting classes.

— The Huskies lost to the Ducks in a game that was close throughout.

— UCLA and USC had the best classes of any Pac-12 schools and the rivalry got a little juicier when Snoop Dogg's son spurned the Trojans for their rival.

Washington State football signees

The faxes are humming in Pullman so check in frequently as we update this list of which recruits have signed with the Cougars.

The school is announcing letters received via its official Twitter account, @wsucougfb. We'll have general information on the recruits here as well as some video. Cougars coach Mike Leach will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today after which we'll update this post with his thoughts on each player.

And at 12:30 we'll have a live chat on the blog with WSU recruiting expert Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com to answer all of your questions about the class.

The most recent signee is nearest to the top.

— T.J. Fehoko, defensive lineman; HT: 6'1 WT: 265
Cottonwood High, Salt Lake City, Utah
ESPN: 3-Star, 79 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, No. 89 defensive end.
Also considered: Nevada, North Carolina State.
Leach's comments: "Has played on the end as well. Plays inside and on the end and just a quick, athletic defensive lineman."

Shalom Luani, defensive back; HT: 6'1 WT: 200
City College of San Francisco, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 79 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, unranked. Scout: 4-Star, No. 19 junior college prospect.
Also considered: Illinois, Oregon State, Washington.
Leach's comments: "One interesting thing about him is from what I understand he was on the Samoan national soccer team. Has great feet, very quick and an aggressive player and smart."

— Amosa Sakaria, offensive lineman; HT: 6'3 WT: 280
Tafuna High, Pago Pago, American Samoa
ESPN: 3-Star, 71 grade. Rivals: 2-Star, unranked. Scout: 2-Star, unranked.
Leach's comments: "Good, solid, strong player."

— Logan Tago, linebacker; HT: 6'3 WT: 205
Samoana High, Pago Pago, American Samoa
ESPN: Unranked. Rivals: 2-Stars, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, No. 96 outside linebacker.
Also considered: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon State, Washington.
Leach's comments: "Great athlete, can play on either side of the ball … Really good athlete. Versatile. I'm gonna name the positions he could play, safety, linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver, inside wide receiver, he could play a lot of stuff."

— Kameron Powell, defensive back; HT: 5'11 WT: 195
Upland High, Upland, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 75 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, No. 40 safety. Scout: 4-Star, No. 31 safety.
Also considered: Boston College, Colorado, Oregon State, Washington.
Leach's comments: "Might be taller than that … Not only a very intelligent player but also very quick into sorting it out and breaking on the ball."

— Kyle Sweet, wide receiver; HT: 6'1 WT: 190
Santa Margarita Catholic, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 75 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, No. 99 receiver.
Also considered: Hawaii.
Leach's comments: "Great feet, great coming out of his cuts. Has also played a lot of positions because of his ability to pick things up and being intelligent as a football player."

— C.J. Dimry, wide receiver; HT: 6'6 WT: 210
Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, Calif.
ESPN: No profile. Rivals: 2-Star, unranked. Scout: 2-Star, unranked.
Also considered: Syracuse.
Leach's comments: "Big target, great vertical route-runner and good at catching the ball over his head."

— Davis Perrott, offensive lineman; HT: 6'5 WT: 270
Mountain Pointe High, Phoenix, Ariz.
ESPN: 3-Star, 77 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, No. 89 offensive tackle.
Also considered: Boise State, California, Indiana.
Leach's comments: "Kind of a mean-streak guy. Quick feet."

— Hunter Mattox, defensive end; HT: 6'4 WT: 255
Sierra Canyon High, Chatsworth, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 74 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, No. 126 defensive end.
Also considered: Fresno State, Oregon State.
Leach's comments: "Big, strong football player. Good hands and very active out there at the line of scrimmage."

— Matthew Abramo, placekicker; HT: 6'2 WT: 170
Casa Grande High, Petaluma, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, No. 24 kicker. Rivals: 2-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, unranked.
Also considered: Cal Poly, San Jose State, Yale.
Leach's comments: "Very strong kicker. Most notable thing about him is how strong his leg is, one of the strongest high school kicker's legs that I've seen."

— James Williams, running back; HT: 5'11 WT: 185
Burbank High, Burbank, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 76 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, No. 53 running back. Scout: 3-Star, No. 113 running back.
Also considered: Arizona, California, Utah.
Leach's comments: "Extremely explosive, low center of gravity but great out of his cuts."

— Treshon Broughton, defensive back; HT: 6'0 WT: 180
Riverside CC, Riverside, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 79 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, No. 57 junior college prospect.
Also considered: Fresno State, Oregon State.
Leach's comments: "Great cover corner, quick feet, instinctive."

— Darrien Molton, defensive back; HT: 5'10 WT: 165
Chaparral High, Temecula, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 77 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, No. 128 cornerback.
Also considered: California, Colorado, Duke, Utah.
Leach's comments: "As he continues to develop he'll get better and better. Incredibly quick."

— Aaron Porter, linebacker; HT: 6'3 WT: 230
Cerritos College, La Habra, Calif.
ESPN: 4-Star, 80 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star.
Also considered: Nebraska, San Diego State.
Leach's comments: "Great at pursuiting the ball. Passion to play football. Great tackler."

— Joseph Price, offensive lineman; HT: 6'6 WT: 270
East Valley High, Redlands, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 75 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, No. 163 offensive tackle.
Also considered: California.
Leach's comments: "Another mean-streak guy that plays with a very aggressive mentality and has great feet."

— Tyler Hilinksi, quarterback; HT: 6'4 WT: 200
Upland High, Upland, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 74 grade. Rivals: 4-Star, No. 10 pro-style quarterback. Scout: 3-Star, No. 41 QB.
Also considered: California, Utah State.
Leach's comments: "He's on campus now … A big guy but also kind of mobile. Extremely productive both when he's in the pocket and outside the pocket."

— Jeremiah Mitchell, defensive end; HT: 6'4 WT: 265
Riverside City  College, Riverside, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 73 grade. Rivals: 2-Star, unranked. Scout: 4-Star, No. 28 junior college prospect.
Also considered: Arizona State, Oregon, Purdue.
Leach's comments: "On campus. A big, strong, tenacious pass-rusher. A very high-motor guy and a great player."

— Kyrin Priester, wide receiver; HT: 6'1 WT: 185
Liliburn, Ga.
Clemson transfer
Leach's comments: "On campus now … Very good in workouts. Big, strong, extremely physical at wide receiver as well as being fast. Just really an outstanding athlete."

— Deion Singleton, defensive back; HT: 6'2 WT: 180
Chiawana High, Pasco
Leach's comments: "On campus now … Tall, lanky safety. Also great feet."

— Nnamdi Oguayo, defensive end; HT: 6'4 WT: 215
High Point High, Beltsville, Md.
ESPN: Unranked. Rivals: 2-Star, unranked. Scout: Unranked.
Also considered: Indiana, Pittsburgh.
Leach's comments: "Big, tall, lanky. Big hands, big feet, outside linebacker who runs well and is going to turn into a very big, solid player, has a big frame to put a lot of weight on."

— Cedric Bigge-Duren, offensive lineman; HT: 6'6 WT: 310
Oceanside HS, Oceanside, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 72 grade. Rivals: 2-Star, unranked. Scout: 3-Star, No. 99 offensive guard.
Also considered: Montana, Nevada, San Jose St.
Leach's comments: "He might be bigger than that … A big offensive lineman who continues to develop and get better and better. Already had pretty good feet."

— Thomas Toki, defensive tackle; HT: 6'1 WT: 307
Saint Francis HS, Mountainview, Calif.
ESPN: 4-Star, 82 grade. Rivals: 4-Star, No. 21 defensive tackle. Scout: 4-Star, No. 27 defensive tackle.
Also considered: Arizona State, Oklahoma State, UCLA.
Leach's comments: "Very traditional, hard-nosed, aggressive nose guard."

— Noah Myers, offensive lineman; HT: 6'5 WT: 300
Las Lomas HS, Walnut Creek, Calif.
ESPN: 3-Star, 71 grade. Rivals: 3-Star, No. 43 offensive guard. Scout: 3-Star, No. 88 offensive guard. 
Also considered: Montana, Weber St.
Leach's comments: "He's gotten bigger and stronger since we recruited him … Noah, like all these offensive linemen are fairly flat-stomach guys. Fairly athletic people that, in addition to their current frame, which is fairly big, we can put additional strength and weight on them."

The Cougars are spending more on recruiting but so are their peers

USA Today compiled a database showing how much each FBS school spent on recruiting in the 2012-13 school year.

Today, one day before national signing day, the newspaper made its findings available online. It shows that while the Cougars have spent significantly more on recruiting in recent years, Washington State still ranks No. 11 in the Pac-12 when it comes to recruiting expenditures.

The Cougars spent $363, 683, more than only California ($313,329) and far behind conference frontrunners Washington ($709,212), Oregon ($674,755) and Arizona State ($660, 299).

But WSU does have one of the fastest-growing recruiting budgets, seeing an increase in spending of 92.9 percent since the 2008-2009 school year, more than any other conference schools besides UW (184.3 percent), ASU (159.2 percent) and Utah (117 percent).

Spending on recruiting appears to be a good investment since the schools ranked in the bottom three in overall recruiting budget (Cal, WSU and Colorado) still spent the most on recruiting per win on the field.

Stanford and USC, which likely spend quite a bit on recruiting, are not included in these lists because as private schools they are not required to disclose the relevant figures.

You can see the database of all the FBS teams and search by school or conference here: USA Today.

Maryland linebacker chooses WSU

Maryland linebacker Nnamdi Oguayo will travel across the country to play his college ball.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive prospect has accepted a scholarship offer from Washington State according to Braulio Perez  of Cougfan.com. Oguayo's commitment comes on the heels of former WSU linebacker recruit Kyahva Tezino's decision to open his recruitment.

Oguayo listed scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Purdue and other schools and took visits to IU, Pitt and WSU. He told Perez that he called new WSU linebackers coach Roy Manning to tell him of his decision to become a Cougar and that the coaches are recruiting him as a Buck linebacker.

Oguayo is listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and is unranked by Scout.com.

Here is some video of WSU's new recruit:

Three more Riverside recruits headed to WSU

WSU's defense could look markedly different next season. In fact, it could look a lot like the one at Riverside CC.


Following yesterday's news that Riverside's Treshon Broughton will play at Washington State rather than Oregon State, today three of his teammates decided to follow suit.


Follow the jump for more.

WSU Recruiting Q&A part 2

Yesterday, I invited a couple WSU recruiting experts to come fill us in on how the Washington State football class of 2014 is shaping up. Braulio Perez, a Senior Correspondent at Cougfan.com and Britton Ransford, the publisher of WazzuWatch.com, were kind enough to answer some questions. Part 1 of that interview can be read here, and part 2  is after the jump.

WSU recruiting Q&A part 1

​With signing day fast approaching, college football coaches are scrambling to fill out their 2014 recruiting classes. While these last couple weeks can be a whirlwind of activity, Washington State has received verbal pledges from a number of recruits, and only have a few spots remaining. With that in mind, I invited a couple WSU recruiting experts to come fill us in on how the class is shaping up. Braulio Perez, a Senior Correspondent at Cougfan.com and Britton Ransford, the publisher of WazzuWatch.com, were kind enough to answer some questions about WSU recruiting and the upcoming class. Part 1 of that interview is after the jump.