National Letter of Intent day isn't until February but two recruits for WSU will already be in the fold once that day rolls around. Bellevue High quarterback Justus Rogers and Downey High athlete Jalen Thompson have signed financial aid agreements with the school and will enroll for the spring semester.
The team announced the signings on their Twitter feed:
Welcome to the WSU Cougar Family @Justus_Rogers! #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/b4fB1ewKi4— WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) October 16, 2015
Welcome to the WSU Cougar Family @jt_broooo! #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/2ngA9ledNS— WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) October 16, 2015
Thompson's signature is especially big considering he held scholarship offers from seven other schools, including Washington. Rogers committed to Washington State a month ago and they remained his only scholarship offer. Both signings will likely count against the 2016 class, though we won't know for sure for a few months.
Although the 6'2, 215 pound Rogers is listed as a quarterback, expect the him to come to Washington State and play in the secondary. Thompson is listed as an athlete in his recruiting so expect the coaches to have a wide receiver or cornerback decision to make about him.
There is, however, an important distinction between signing a letter of intent and a financial aid agreement, as Britton Ransford explains:
For those wondering about FAAs, it binds the school to a recruit, but not the recruit to a school. NCAA communication rules are also lifted.— Britton K. Ransford (@BKRansford) October 16, 2015
Players very, very rarely renege on the financial aid agreements so this is as close to a sure thing as you'll get without the actual signing of an LOI. To say the least, this is a good day for WSU recruiting. Here are the highlight videos for each of the three-star recruits.