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The ink was barely dry on WSU's 2015 signing class before the Cougars started changing it. WSU added recruit No. 24 to the class on Thursday with 3-star corner Sean Harper signing.

While Harper is an intriguing late addition, where he comes from is almost as interesting. Alex Grinch recruited Harper to Pullman from Georgia. Grinch came to WSU with strong connections to Georgia and a history of recruiting the south. New linebackers coach Roy Manning also has ties to recruiting the east coast. With Dennis Simmons leaving for Oklahoma, WSU has a hole in recruiting southern California.

It will be very interesting to see how recruiting territories are dividing in the coming weeks. Southern California has always been a major emphasis for Washington State and that has only increased since Mike Leach took over. WSU's biggest connection to the area is gone, however, and the two new additions have ties to the south and east. I'm not sure WSU will ever be able excel in recruiting the south and east. There are too many other programs mining that area and it's a long way from home for those players. Grinch and Manning would seemingly begin in new areas with one -- or the new WR coach -- taking over southern California. How all that breaks down and how well the new coaches are able to form strong relationships will play a major role in building the 2016 class and beyond.

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Football:

Director of Athletics Bill Moos Podcast - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
During his latest podcast, conducted Thursday afternoon, Moos shares the message he gave to the audience and looks ahead to Night With Cougar Football events in the Tri-Cities, Friday and Portland, Sunday.

WSU adds a cornerback to 2015 recruiting class | The Spokesman-Review
The Cougars announced 23 signees yesterday during the first day of the signing period, but that doesn’t mean they were done recruiting.

WSU Cougars coming to Pasco on Friday | Jeff Morrow: The Toy Department | Tri-CityHerald.com
Now that Signing Day has come and gone, Washington State University football fans get to mingle with head football coach Mike Leach this Friday at the Pasco Red Lion. As has been the case the past few years, Leach and his staff will meet with fans in a Night with Cougar Football to talk about the Cougars’ latest crop of players who have just signed.

Men's basketball:

Shots Don't Fall Late For Cougars - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
On a night when Oregon State struggled shooting the ball, reserve Jarmal Reid proved indispensable.

Video: DaVonté Lacy and Josh Hawkinson after OSU | The Spokesman-Review

Video: Ernie Kent after OSU | The Spokesman-Review

Late run lifts Oregon State to a 55-50 victory over Washington State | Cougar Basketball | The Seattle Times
Washington State watched Oregon State go on a decisive run with five minutes left in the game to steal away the Cougars’ lead and post a 55-50 Pac-12 victory Thursday night.