Hot Cougar Action: Signing day aftermath

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Not sure if you've ever heard of it, but some event called National Signing Day was on Wednesday. Apparently it's a big deal and we have the links to prove it.

Football recruiting:

Where should we start? The Cougars signed somewhere between 19 and 24 players on Wednesday, depending on how you count the five players who signed in January. As a result there is plenty of coverage, probably too much coverage even. I hope you like to read.

While the fun of analyzing and predicting the class starts now, my choice for favorite recruit was made easy thanks to one of this morning's links.

Bierria and Williams will likely have to hear a lot of banter from Narbonne defensive end Paulo Lepua, who made his signing with Washington State official after committing to the Cougars on Christmas Eve.

It will add even more intrigue to the Apple Cup rivalry between Washington and Washington State.

"We're going to take the Apple Cup again," Lepua said, referring to Washington State's surprise win over Washington this season. "I told him and Troy to watch out. I'll be meeting him in the backfield."

Welcome to Washington State Paulo, never change.

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Washington State signs QB Bruggman | Local News | The Seattle Times
Washington State signed its top recruit, quarterback Tyler Bruggman, after a bit of drama Wednesday.

El Cerrito High football star Marcellus Pippins commits to Washington State - San Jose Mercury News
El Cerrito High football star Marcellus Pippins signed a letter of intent with Washington State late Wednesday afternoon.

Former Inderkum Tiger Signs With Washington State
Former Inderkum High School wide receiver Vince Mayle signed a letter of intent to play football at Washington State University on Wednesday afternoon.

PREP FOOTBALL: Narbonne's Bierria joins Williams at Washington - The Daily Breeze
It will add even more intrigue to the Apple Cup rivalry between Washington and Washington State. "We're going to take the Apple Cup again," Lepua said, referring to Washington State's surprise win over Washington this season. "I told him and Troy to watch out. I'll be meeting him in the backfield."

National Signing Day 2013: SEC, Big Ten, conference breakdowns - College Football - SI.com
10. Washington State: The Cougars flipped Utah commit Marcellus Pippins on Signing Day, so that was a plus. Four-star quarterback Tyler Bruggman could be a special player in Mike Leach's offense and it was important he stayed after rumors surfaced he was flipping to Arizona State. Washington State also did well, again, in Southern California.

Locals sign letters of intent | The Wenatchee World
O’Connell, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in September, said he’s willing to step in and play whichever position the Cougars need. "I really don’t care," he said. "(I’m excited to be) playing the game I love and being able to hit people."

WSU gets its quarterback in Tyler Bruggman | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
Signing day for football letters of intent was short on surprises at Washington State on Wednesday.

Gem of recruiting class sticks with Cougars - Spokesman.com - Feb. 6, 2013
PULLMAN – There was no doubt that Brophy Prep quarterback Tyler Bruggman was going to sign with Washington State on Wednesday. Until there was.

Cougars, coach Mike Leach keep highly touted quarterback Tyler Bruggman in recruiting class | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — Fourteen months ago, Washington State football copyrighted a brand: Mike Leach. He would get the Cougars new facilities, he would goose fundraising, he would hoist them from the ashes.

Washington State signs 'solid' not stellar class " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — Signing day for football letters of intent was short on surprises at Washington State on Wednesday.

More Leach from signing day - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Feb. 6, 2013
FROM PULLMAN — Here's more of what Washington State coach Mike Leach had to say after WSU signed 24 players to letters of intent. Read on.

Leach evaluates 2013 signees - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Feb. 6, 2013
FROM PULLMAN — Here's a list of Washington State's 2013 signing class, with a brief comment — very brief, in some cases — from coach Mike Leach about each player.

G-Prep’s Sonneborn to walk on at WSU - Spokesman.com - Feb. 7, 2013
Jerred Sonneborn wants to spend the next four years of his life looking through his legs. Sonneborn, a Gonzaga Prep center, turned down scholarship offers from Colorado and Weber State to accept a preferred walk-on opportunity at Washington State.

Palo Duro's Meander signs with Texas, White with Washington State | Amarillo Globe-News
At Washington State, White will play receiver for the mad scientist of offensive college coaches in Mike Leach. Leach is familiar to Amarillo-area football fans, having spent 2000-2009 at Texas Tech putting on display his pass-happy ways. "Going that far away from home kind of bugged me a little bit," White said. "I talked to my parents about it, and they were fine with it and said it was my decision.

Football:

There was some non-recruiting news on Wednesday including the news that Ken Wilson is heading to Washington State as linebackers coach. The timing makes sense as Wilson played a big part in organizing Nevada's recruiting class and wanted to wait until it was settled before he left.

There was also some NFL Draft news as the official invite list for the 2013 combine was released and Marquess Wilson was the only Cougar invited. I'm a little surprised Travis Long did not get an invite, but it likely has to do with his knee injury. Jeff Tuel was also left off the list.

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Wolf Pack assistant coach Ken Wilson headed to Washington State | Wolf Pack Blog
One of the most loyal members of the Wolf Pack football staff is heading to The Palouse. Ken Wilson, who spent almost 25 years as an assistant coach and assistant athletic director at Nevada, has accepted a job as Washington State’s linebacker coach.

2013 Official Invite List | NFL Combine
WILSON, MARQUESS

WSU athletics:

The football program wasn't the only WSU program to sign a recruiting class. The women's soccer and track and field teams also added athletes on Wednesday.

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Top track stars ink deals with Memphis, WSU " Kitsap Sun
North Mason hurdler CJ Allen put his signature on a letter from Washington State. Allen said he’s been talking to the Cougars since the beginning of the school year and verbally committed last week. He said the decision was between Iowa State and the Cougars — Washington was in the mix — but the scholarship offer from Pullman was too good to pass up.

Washington State Soccer Announces Signing Class - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Seven student-athletes have each signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in soccer at Washington State University beginning next fall, Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine announced, Wednesday.

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