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SIGNING DAY: Open Discussion Thread

Welcome to National Letter of Intent Day! This is your all-day thread to discuss your thoughts on how the day is developing. We'll have a separate post that will list each player as they sign, along with all the coverage we can find on them, and another separate post that will compile all the analysis going on throughout the day.

But since signings aren't going to start rolling in for a few hours, here's your Morning Paper -- what's being written as the day is getting ready to kick off:

  • First off, the Cougs picked up three more commits late last night -- including four-star JC defensive end Brandon Rankin. The other two commits were a two-star speed-burner running back and a fast (but unevaluated) linebacker out of Colorado. The commits bumped them up to sixth in's rankings and 42nd overall.
  • Freelancer Howie Stalwick examines the Cougar class as it stood a few days ago, noting in The (Tacoma) News Tribune that evaluations can often vary pretty wildly. The story also ran in the Seattle P-I.
  • The Spokesman-Review's Vince Grippi checks in with the hardest working recruiting staff in the country.
  • Buster Sports' Nick Daschel -- no relation to the guy who owes a lot of taxes that I know of -- evaluates WSU recruiting classes from 2002 to 2005, concluding that 2004 was the beginning of the end of that run of success for the Cougs.
  • Grippi put this together a few days ago, but if you missed it, it's worth a read.
  •'s Ted Miller looks back to the 2006 class. It's brief, but mildly interesting.
  • And, finally, recruiting analyst emeritus -- serisouly, that's what his title says -- says not to get too caught up in the star rating system. There's got to be a joke involving the word irony in there somewhere ...

That's all for now. We'll have a separate thread up for the players and all their info once those letters start rolling in.