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Recapping signing day at Washington State

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The Cougar football team added 17 new members, but they were the only team to sign new players.

Future Cougar golfer Brian Mogg (left) and baseball player Drew Lunde (right) also inked on Wednesday
Future Cougar golfer Brian Mogg (left) and baseball player Drew Lunde (right) also inked on Wednesday
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Wednesday was a significant day for WSU and every other college athletic program around the country with National Signing Day 2014. The football team garnered most of the attention, but they weren't the only ones to officially welcome new players. Women's soccer also received a handful of signatures while baseball players, golfers and other athletes also participated in signing day festivities.

We'll start with football. WSU received 17 signatures on Wednesday to go along with six early enrollees and one transfer already in school. Mike Leach said he was happy the Cougars didn't have to settle for recruits. He said he would rather not give out a scholarship than offer someone the staff didn't fully believe in, just to fill a spot. We covered football signing day fairly extensively, but you can check out Leach's press conference, and a fun moment with Mike Yam of the Pac-12 Network below.

"Sharp-looking guy like you with great hair? That stuns me"

The women's soccer team hired Steve Nugent as the new head coach last week, just in time for the Cougars to welcome five new athletes.

2014 Cougar Soccer Signing Day Central - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Today is signing day for women’s soccer programs across the country. Washington State, fresh off its fifth NCAA postseason appearance in six years, is eager to add the 2014 recruiting class. Here at wsucougars.com, we will be adding the names of the newest Cougars as each NLI becomes official and joins head coach Steve Nugent’s program.

The baseball and golf programs announced their signing classes back in November, but several of those athletes still participated in signing day ceremonies. That includes the two future Cougars in the photo at the top of the post. In case you missed it back in November, here are the details of the baseball and golf signing classes.

Cougar Baseball Announces Signing Class - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State baseball program had 13 student-athletes each sign a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cougars beginning in the 2014-15 academic year, Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut announced, Wednesday.

Men's Golf Signs Quartet - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Zach Anderson, Derek Bayley, Brian Mogg, and Evan Omelia have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play men’s golf at Washington State University, beginning next fall, Cougar Head Coach Garrett Clegg announced, Wednesday.

Football:

Leach signs ‘best class’ at WSU on national signing day - Spokesman.com - Feb. 5, 2014
The recruits who signed national letters of intent Wednesday to play football at Washington State came from as far away as Alabama and Florida, and were described by coach Mike Leach as members of "the best class we’ve had at Washington State."

Gibbons' Bender makes it official with Washington State - Sun Sentinel
Cardinal Gibbons quarterback Peyton Bender signed his ntional letter-of-intent early Wednesdy morning, but he had to wait to fax it in the paperwork to Wahington State. Bender said the Cougars' coaching staff was still asleep when the ink was drying.

Top Videos: National Signing Day: Mike Leach - Video - CBSSports.com
Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach joins the CBSSports.com National Signing Day crew.

Singleton part of strong WSU recruiting class | Football | Tri-CityHerald.com
Deion Singleton didn’t know much about the Pacific Northwest before transferring from Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla., to Chiawana High School last summer.

Long hours and miles pay off in this WSU recruiting class | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times
All things considered, I wouldn’t go into the lion’s den to recruit a college football player. Nor would I embark on an itinerary that would make a travel agent shudder.

Men's basketball:

Lacy’s Efforts Not Enough, Cougars Fall to Colorado " CBS Seattle
Despite 34 points from its recently returned star guard DaVonte Lacy, the Washington State Cougars fell 68-63 to Colorado, Wednesday night.

Cougar Rally Comes Up Short at Colorado - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Askia Booker scored 26 points, including six of eight free throws in the final minute, and Colorado hung on to beat Washington State 68-63 on Wednesday night.