The 2015 WSU football recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the best in school history, but until Wednesday night, it was missing a major component: A big receiver to play on the outside. Mike Leach and his staff rectified that by picking up a commitment from three-star receiver Dahu Green.
Green, who is 6-foot-4, is from Oklahoma. He appears to have great hands, and he certainly has a frame that could become quite beastly with some time in the weight room and buffet of that snazzy new Cougar Football Complex. He decommitted from Louisville a few weeks ago, and WSU's coaches had been hard after Green.
"That was the team that I thought if there was change of heart then that would be it," said Green's high school coach, Adam Gaylor. "He'll get a chance to play early and they throw it 80 times a game. I think if it stays the way it is, it'll be good for both of them."
In case you didn't get enough of Green last night, I've got great news for you! More videos! There's a get-to-know-you video at the top from Scout.com, in which Green says he wants to major in construction management (making WSU an excellent choice), and there are some videos from camps via Rivals.com here.*
*Beware: All the videos are autoplay, which is why I did not embed them below. You're welcome.
Morning links: what I'm hearing | The Spokesman-Review
I know people are getting antsy about WSU's search for a defensive coordinator – my Twitter followers certainly are – and it's been a pretty tight-lipped search, so I thought I would update everybody on what I think I know. Admittedly, it's not as much as you'd like.
Hawkinson Amongst Nation’s Best Power Forwards - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
"I’m seeing a team that is starting to find itself after going through a tremendous amount of growth since I walked in the door nine months ago," Kent said. "You’re getting the opportunity to watch some players grow up right in front of your eyes. Josh Hawkinson, I don’t know how many people are playing better than him at that position."
Thompson soars to lift Warriors over Pacers :: SFBay | San Francisco Bay Area News and Sports
A fourth quarter surge by Golden State behind Klay Thompson’s 40 points — 27 in the second half — allowed the Warriors to pull ahead and notch their 28th victory of the season, 117-102.
Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes Host Shopping Sprees For Bay Area Youth on Friday, December 19 | Golden State Warriors
Thompson, who received the NBA’s Community Assist Award for the Month of November for his efforts to give back to the community, continued his generous ways in December by partnering with the Good Tidings Foundation to take a sixth-grade class from Palo Alto’s Eastside Prep to Talbots Toyland in San Mateo to purchase toys for each to enjoy and share with loved ones and friends.
Meet Lincoln Riley, Fast-Rising Mastermind of East Carolina's High-Octane Attack | Bleacher Report
Riley wanted to coach high school football someday and was intrigued by Mike Leach’s high-scoring spread offense. Unfortunately for Riley, Leach was less than intrigued with the quarterback. But Leach certainly recognized talent when he saw it: coaching talent. He was impressed that Riley had learned the entire playbook in a few days. So Leach did Riley a favor: He cut him from the team in spring practice before Riley ever played a competitive down of college football. And then Leach gave Riley the break of his life. Leach offered a job assisting him on the coaching staff.
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | VN: What F/+ Tells Us About 2014
A title game blowout could skew the final numbers a bit, but while we wait to find out which school claims the national championship, I thought it would be fun to look at what else the F/+ ratings are telling us about 2014.
A slightly different, better way of looking at tempo - Football Study Hall
Let's change things up a bit. Instead of plays per game, let's use the same approach for a different measure: seconds per play. I should have been doing this all along, but the overall approach is the same: create an expected value based on the relationship between seconds per play and run-pass ratios. Compare expected to actual, and boom, you've got a new, better Adjusted Pace measure.
For once, the NCAA deserves a pat on the back | The Spokesman-Review
Slowly but surely, under former UW president Mark Emmert, the organization has evolved, moving glacially slow, sure, but moving toward a fairer playing field for the athletes. You can argue the motivation – you think, just maybe, lawsuits have lit the fire? – but the bottom line is someday in the not-so-distant future college athletes will be partners in this deal.