According to Lance Lahnert of the Amarillo Globe News, Charleston White (Amarillo, TX) has gone crimson. I thought all along that Meander and White were probably a package deal, and that's fine by me. In Meander we nabbed a big, rangy safety and in White, we've landed the do-everything athlete with speed to burn.
White played both WR and DB for Amarillo HS, but he should be coming to WSU as a WR. He has experience returning kicks as well, so look for him to possibly make an impact on special teams, as well. No embeddable highlights, but you can view his Hudl page here.
Scout lists White as 6'1 and 170 pounds. I'd like to see him gain a little weight so he doesn't get killed in the Pac 12, but as long as he remains shifty and tough to tackle, he'll be alright. Speed is something we've sorely lacked the past few seasons, and White has it in spades.
I think he redshirts to gain some weight, but I wouldn't be surprised if he played as a freshman. Very nice player overall. Welcome to the Cougs, Mr. White.
I hate to hijack White's evaluation post, but everyone is going to ask me about it anyways, so I figured I'd make this one big recruiting thread. According to Rivals, we've lost commitments from S Myron Turner and LB/DE Malik Jenkins. This could have been a situation where their scholarships were no longer on the table, or it could have been the staff asking them to greyshirt with the players declining to do so.
Losing a player is always tough, but especially so when they are promising talents. Turner was fast, but I think he may have been a bit raw and a long term project. Jenkins, on the other hand, would have contributed right away. His junior tape looked alright, but his senior tape blew me away. His improvement was quite noticeable. He played a lot of MLB, and I think he could have backed up Darryl Monroe quite easily. Jenkins leaving stings.
De-committing players are a part of recruiting, though. As much as it sucks, coaches pulling offers is also a part. I want to make sure we don't get all upset at Leach and Co. because we don't know how it went down. If there's one thing any of you learn from me, it's this: recruiting is crazy. Weird things happen all the time, and until the Letter of Intent is faxed in on Signing Day, no one is officially a member of this team.
With two Texas de-commits being evened out by two Texas commits, the class still remains basically the same in terms of size. Including the JC signees, the class is now at 24 players. However, those three JC players who already signed (Jacob Seydel, Ivan McLennan, and Lyman Faoliu) will count towards the 2012 class. That means basically, we're at 21 instead of 24. Leach can bring in at least four more guys, and possibly more if he plans to greyshirt some kids in this class. These next few weeks are going to be totes cray, you guys.
Edit: Apparently I was incorrect. Mark says we can only count two of the three JC guys to last year's class. So, who the hell really knows. We can probably add a couple more, but no one really knows the final number.
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