Fri., Oct. 16, 2015
Cougars sign two for 2016
Washington State football recruits Justus Rogers and Jalen Thompson have signed financial aid agreements that will allow them to enroll early for spring practice.
Rogers plays quarterback at Bellevue High and was recruited as a quarterback and an athlete. Thompson, a cornerback, attends Downey High in Bellflower, California.
Both players will graduate from high school early in order to enroll at WSU in January, and both are considered to be three-star prospects by ESPN.com.
Financial aid agreements are becoming more prominent in college athletics as replacements for signing national letters of intent. Aid agreements do not bind the player to the school they sign with, and occasionally recruits (usually basketball players) will sign papers with a school but keep their recruitments open, securing a spot at school they like while continuing to court favored suitors.
In this case, the Cougars are using the contract in order to sign the recruits prior to National Signing Day, the first day prospective student athletes are eligible to sign letters of intent. Because signing day falls in February, after the start of spring semester, the letters of intent are not options for early enrollees.