The Washington State Cougars have been busy recruiting the wide receiver position this cycle and they may not be done just yet as a four-star receiver from the Sunshine State has locked in an official visit to the Palouse.
Darnell Salomon, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver from MIami, Fla., tells CougCenter he'll be in Pullman on Jan. 29, the final weekend for official visits prior to signing day. Rivals.com Southeast analyst Rob Cassidy first reported Salomon's visit plans.
The Miami Central standout committed to South Florida in late November over 25-plus offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC and many others.
The four-star is ranked the No. 24 receiver in the South by Scout.com and the No. 15 overall receiver in the country by ESPN. The 247 Sports Composite ranks Salomon the No. 244 overall prospect and No. 49 overall receiver in the 2016 class.
The news of Salomon's official visit comes at a time where the Cougars have six known receivers committed or signed and 27 prospects overall in the 2016 recruiting class. As you know, school's are only allowed 25 initial counters per recruiting cycle, which runs until April 1.
So, where would Washington State find room for the talented receiver? That's a tough question. It's my policy to stay away from speculating on which prospects may be in or out, but it's safe to assume there could be some movement at the receiver position from now to signing day.
Two known wide receiver verbal commits — Steve Houston and Josiah Westbrook — have yet to confirm official visit plans and attempts to reach the pair of two-star prospects has been unsuccessful. There's been no indication, however, that either prospect is no longer in the fold.
Isaiah Johnson, also a highly touted receiver out of Florida, is already signed and enrolled on campus while Renard Bell, Grant Porter and Dezmon Patmon all appear set to sign on Feb. 3 and enroll in summer classes in June.
As of now, Salomon and Honolulu receiver Keoni-Kordell Makekau are the only two known uncommitted receiver targets with plans to officially visit WSU. Makekau, along with Porter, will take their official visits this weekend.
Salomon is an intriguing prospect for the Cougars as he's easily one of the most talented receivers in the country, so they'd clearly make room for him somehow. At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, he projects as an X-receiver and is physically ready for the next level already, which you can see for yourself below. He does everything well from the receiver position.
As a senior, Salomon finished with 32 catches for 527 yards and eight touchdowns.
Notable: Salomon previously had a run in with the law stemming an incident that occurred while on an unofficial visit to Georgia in 2014, his sophomore year of high school. According to reports, Salomon was accused of entering an unlocked dorm room and taking a cell phone and a wallet, which contained credit cards and cash.
He pleaded guilty to first degree burglary last June, according to the report, and was sentenced to five years probation and community service.
"It was just a mistake, a really dumb mistake I made," Salomon told Rivals.com. "Everyone makes mistakes, I learned and will never do something like that again."
Among Leach's three cardinal sins when it comes to his players is stealing, so this is clearly a situation where he feels comfortable enough with Salomon's situation to move forward with his recruitment. Leach has always been one that believes players deserve second chances under certain circumstances.