With spring semester officially underway in Pullman, the Washington State Cougars welcomed four early enrollees to the football program as Isaiah Johnson, Justus Rogers, Jalen Thompson and Garrett McBroom have officially enrolled in classes, the team Twitter account announced Monday morning.
McBroom, a junior college defensive end from Stillwater, Okla., could be expected to play right away, helping to fill voids on the edge with Destiny Vaeao and Darryl Paulo graduating. The coaching staff could slot McBroom in at several positions, but with this 6-foot, 260-pound frame, he's likely to slide in Paulo's spot at first.
Johnson, who was at one time or another committed to Louisville, Miami and, most recently, Florida, is a big target that projects as an X receiver in Leach's offense. With Dom Williams graduating, the benefit of spring practices and a head start on the strength and conditioning program, Johnson could find himself in the mix for immediate playing time with Ky Priester and Tavares Martin.
Thompson, one of the most highly recruited prospect in the Cougars' current recruiting class, was still being recruited by several schools (including an in-state Pac-12 program) up until mid-December, though he chose to stick with his commitment. That's a big win for Alex Grinch and company, as Thompson possesses a rare ability to excel anywhere on the field, whether it be at cornerback, safety, receiver or returning kicks.
Rogers, however, may benefit the most of the four prospects enrolling early, as he comes to Washington State without a true position in mind. It's expected that the three-star Bellevue product will get his shot at working in the quarterback room heading into spring practices, but with his size and athleticism, he could line up at safety or outside linebacker. At 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, Rogers could bulk up in a hurry.
With no additional prospects expected to sign financial aid papers and enroll today, the Washington State recruiting class still has plenty of questions to answer. The recruiting dead period ends on Thursday, so some of those answers should become more clear as the week goes on.
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