The Cougs picked up verbal commitment No. 13 over the weekend when defenisve back Tracy Clark, out of Pittsburg (Calif.) High School, announced his intention to sign with the Cougs. The news was first reported by Cougfan.com.
What are the Cougs getting in Clark?
Well, he's only rated as a two-star prospect, and Scout.com's measurables don't exactly blow you away -- 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, 4.55 40-yard dash. However, Vince Grippi said that this was a guy the coaching staff went after hard. According to Scout.com, he didn't receive any other BCS scholarship offers, although it was said that Arizona State, Oregon State and Boise State showed interest.
ESPN.com's Scouts, Inc. has this evaluation:
"Clark shows both good aggressiveness and big-play ability at the corner position. While he lacks the bulk and overall size right now we feel his longer body has a lot of physical development left and he'll develop into a safety at the college level (where his speed is better suited). ... Overall, Clark looks to be a late bloomer physically and we like this kid's upside and potential blend of range, athleticism and ball-hawking skills down the line."
In other words, he sounds like the typical, under-the-radar type of recruit the Cougs have made a living off of in the past. The rest of the scouting report is glowing, and if he fulfills that potential, WSU will have a major find on its hands.
I couldn't find any free video, but if you want to check Clark out for yourself, there's some scouting video on his Scouts.com page.
One other thing to keep an eye on: The San Francisco Chronicle says, deep in its notes in this story, that his teammate, receiver Robert Giles, has also committed to the Cougs. However, Giles' name isn't on the verbal list at Cougfan.com, and isn't even on their list of players being recruited. Heck, he doesn't even have his own recruiting page yet at Scout.com or Scouts, Inc. So, I have no idea what's going on there.
EDIT, 11:30 A.M.: So, the reason I couldn't find anything on him was because the Chronicle spelled his name wrong -- it's Robert Jiles. And Cougfan.com is now reporting that he has, in fact, committed. We'll have our breakdown shortly.