HOT COUGAR ACTION: Another Look At the 2010 Recruiting Class

The WSU football team had the day off Saturday, meaning today is a little light on news. With nothing new to talk about, let's take a look back at something I wrote about a year ago.

Early on in my Hot Cougar Action days, I wrote this post, declaring the 2010 recruiting class as the best in WSU history. Most called it premature, others called it nonsense. Looking back it probably was nonsense, but let's see how it shapes up a year later.

Of the 24 member class, 18 remain on the roster. David Gonzalez and Isiah Barton departed to graduation after being impact players during their WSU careers. C.J. Mizell and Aaron Dunn departed, while two other players never made it to Pullman.

Of the 18 remaining, nine are projected to be starters in 2012. Five more are in line to be significant contributors, while just four find themselves buried on the depth chart. This class joined a bad roster with plenty of holes, but their contribution rate blows away any class in the previous decade. Of the 24 players in the class, 16 either have started or are projected to start this season.

One other thing the 2010 class has going for it that no other class can claim; Marquess Wilson. He's already the best wide receiver in school history and depending on what he does in 2012, it could be argued he's the best player in WSU history.

So is the 2010 recruiting class the best in WSU history? Probably not, at least not yet. They'll have to win a lot of games over the next two years if they are going to be in the discussion, but if WSU does win in 2012-13, the 2010 group will be a major reason why.

Football

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PULLMAN – There is more pressure this season on Nolan Washington, on Damante Horton, on all of Washington State’s cornerbacks than usual.

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The folks at CougCenter.com love this guy, and he is an intriguing prospect: a 4-star out of Los Angeles with a pretty good offer list. Oh, and he could spend the next four years catching passes in the Leach offense.

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Washington State: Best-case, worst-case scenarios in 2012 - CBSSports.com
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