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WSU Set To Unveil 15 New Recruits

Washington State University has received commitments from at least 15 football recruits and is expected to announce the signings today, sources confirmed Tuesday.

The Cougars had only 17 scholarships to offer this year, primarily because there were just 12 seniors on scholarship last season. The two remaining scholarships are expected to be filled sometime after Thursday, when the NCAA “dead period” ends.

The NCAA forbids coaches from commenting on recruits until today - officially known as national letter-of-intent signing day - but sources confirmed 13 of the 15 recruits (see accompanying graphic).

WSU coach Mike Price has spent recent weeks on the road recruiting and remains out of town this week, but is expected to discuss the recruiting class during a press conference today.

Price’s most prominent recruit may be Earl Riley, who has the size - 6-foot-3, 220 pounds - to play safety or even linebacker. Riley was recruited by WSU in 1995, but did not meet entrance requirements. He played the last two seasons at Merced (Calif.) Community College.

In addition to the 14 new recruits, each of whom can enroll in the fall, three junior-college recruits enrolled in January and will take part in spring practices, beginning March 26.

Those players are:

Joe Crisacione, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Cerritos (Calif.) College; Corey Scott (6-4, 235), linebacker, Cerritos College; and Lincoln Walden-Schutz (6-4, 285), offensive lineman, Long Beach (Calif.) Community College.

Crisacione and Walden-Schutz were signed to compensate for the departures of left tackle Scott Sanderson and right guard Bryan Chiu.

In addition, WSU has three players from the 1996 recruiting class who did not enroll until this semester. Each will be considered a freshman in the fall.

They are:

Greg DuPree (6-3, 240), defensive end, Sacramento, Calif.; Jason Littleton (6-4, 210), Puyallup, Wash.; and Raonall Smith (6-2, 215), Gig Harbor, Wash.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: 1997 WSU FOOTBALL RECRUITS Junior-college recruits expected to enroll: Earl Riley (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), linebacker, Merced (Calif.) Community College. Taeao Salausa (6-4, 250), DL, Long Beach (Calif.) CC. Ryan Tujague (6-5, 280), OL, Chabot (Calif.) CC.

High school recruits: Sam Baurichter (6-6, 200), QB, Gig Harbor, Wash. Adam Davis (6-2, 180), WR, Aurora, Calif. Cory DeSanti (6-4, 215), WR, Hacienda Heights, Calif. Raymond Lowman (5-9, 180), DB, Corona, Calif. Nate Mallory (6-3, 235), DL, Kentridge, Wash. Serign Marong (6-2, 205), LB, Pullman. Billy Newman (5-9, 180), RB/WR, Laguna Niguel, Calif. James Price (6-2, 225), LB, Anchorage, Alaska. Jeremy Thielbahr (6-2, 205), LB, Sandpoint, Idaho. Tupo Tuupo (6-3, 255), DL, Atherton, Calif.

This sidebar appeared with the story: 1997 WSU FOOTBALL RECRUITS Junior-college recruits expected to enroll: Earl Riley (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), linebacker, Merced (Calif.) Community College. Taeao Salausa (6-4, 250), DL, Long Beach (Calif.) CC. Ryan Tujague (6-5, 280), OL, Chabot (Calif.) CC.

High school recruits: Sam Baurichter (6-6, 200), QB, Gig Harbor, Wash. Adam Davis (6-2, 180), WR, Aurora, Calif. Cory DeSanti (6-4, 215), WR, Hacienda Heights, Calif. Raymond Lowman (5-9, 180), DB, Corona, Calif. Nate Mallory (6-3, 235), DL, Kentridge, Wash. Serign Marong (6-2, 205), LB, Pullman. Billy Newman (5-9, 180), RB/WR, Laguna Niguel, Calif. James Price (6-2, 225), LB, Anchorage, Alaska. Jeremy Thielbahr (6-2, 205), LB, Sandpoint, Idaho. Tupo Tuupo (6-3, 255), DL, Atherton, Calif.

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