Washington State welcomed a new recruiting class on Wednesday, with 23 players officially joining the 2015 class. That number is less than maybe the Cougars were hoping for with a few late departures, including three on signing day. Deontay Burnett flipped to USC, Taeon Mason flipped to San Jose State and Eddie Rudinski reportedly opted to sign with Dartmouth.
While the Cougars didn't finish with a top 35 class like it appeared they might, WSU did sign a good class that lost some top-end talent but remains solid from top to bottom.The Cougars did drop in the rankings, finishing No. 49 according to 247 Sports, No. 45 according to Scout and No. 56 according to Rivals.
The Cougars, however, may not be done. WSU has two spots remaining in the class and Mike Leach said the Cougars plan to fill them. They may target a wide receiver and linebacker, according to Leach, which would make sense with the late departures of Burnett and Rudinski. At wide receiver, three-star prospect Brandyn Lee could be an option. WSU offered Lee during the summer, but he opted to commit to Wisconsin. The Badgers, however, pulled his offer when new coaches came in. Lee didn't sign on Wednesday and is instead weighing his options and interest.
The two spots in the recruiting class aren't the only holes to fill. Dennis Simmons is officially off to Oklahoma, leaving another open spot on the coaching staff. According to previous reports, WSU already has a coach lined up so a move there could happen quickly. There could be a couple of options on staff in line for a promotion, or WSU could bring in someone new. Either way, it's a very important move with wide receiver such an important position in the WSU offense and Simmons' vacated Southern California recruiting territory a crucial need.
WSU receivers coach Dennis Simmons to Oklahoma | The Spokesman-Review
Mike Leach confirmed on Wednesday recent speculation that outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons will be taking a similar position at Oklahoma.
Oklahoma football: Dennis Simmons, Kerry Cooks set to join Sooner coaching staff | News OK
Oklahoma has filled its two vacancies on its football coaching staff, at least according to the new coaches themselves. Washington State receivers coach Dennis Simmons confirmed Wednesday afternoon to FOXSports.com that he's accepted the same position with the Sooners.
WSU recruit Treshon Broughton’s path to D-I football had twists and turns - Spokesman.com - Feb. 4, 2015
PULLMAN – Treshon Broughton’s journey to college has had more unfortunate obstacles than most, and his path to a Pac-12 football scholarship has rarely been clear.
Washington State’s defensive, offensive line recruits highlight class, coach Mike Leach says | Washington State University | The News Tribune
Washington State coach Mike Leach signed a quarterback and three wide receivers for his Air Raid offense on Wednesday, but wanted to highlight some other players in his latest recruiting class.
Cougar Football Celebrated at National Signing Day Party - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Cougars converged at Spokane's Northern Quest Resort and Casino for Wednesday night's National Signing Day Party.
Signing day: 22 in fold at WSU at noon with some attrition | Pac-12 Confidential | Seattle Times
As of noon Wednesday, Washington State had announced the names of 22 football prospects for its 2015 class on national letter-of-intent day.
"It was really hard to leave the kids we have here and the relationships that we have formed," Simmons said. "But this is an opportunity I couldn't pass up. My 5-year-old daughter (who lives Arlington, Texas) will only be a couple-hour drive away now and my wife's family will be much closer.
Here's a quick look at Washington State, Oregon State's opponent Thursday night for a Pac-12 game at Gill Coliseum.
CORVALLIS – After being unable to find its way in the desert last week, there’s no place like home for the Oregon State men’s basketball team.
Washington State (13-8, 4-6 Pac-12) returns to Beasley Coliseum this Friday to host the University of Oregon (10-11, 3-7 Pac-12) at 5 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.