We're less than 24 hours away from National Signing Day, yet Washington State's 2016 recruiting class is still very much a work in progress.
Despite holding 26 verbal commitments (24 of whom are currently expected to sign), the Cougars will still have their hat on the table when four prep prospects make their college decisions between now and tomorrow.
Surely, WSU coaches are on the phone with a number of targets and commitments, solidifying their pitch in hopes of receiving their national letter of intent.
DT Wayne Kirby
Kirby, a three-star defensive tackle prospect out of Pocatello, Idaho, has seen his recruitment take off since the winter dead period. The 6-foot-3, 306-pounder is reportedly down to Oregon, Utah and Washington State.
The Ducks appear to be the favorite after jumping into the picture late under new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke. Kirby's mom, I'm told, really likes the WSU staff, though the allure of Nike University may be too much to overcome. I wouldn't count out the chances that Utah snags a commitment from Kirby, who has been vocal about their reputation for developing top defensive line talent.
My prediction: Oregon
UPDATE: Kirby picked Oregon
OL Frederick Mauigoa
Mauigoa, 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive guard from Pago Pago, A.S., is the top prospect from American Samoa in this cycle and, of course, is being courted by Joe Salave'a. After visiting to Washington State two weekends ago and wrapping up his visits with an official trip to Oregon State last weekend, Mauigoa is ready to make a decision between the two tomorrow afternoon.
While the three-star lineman has been pretty quiet about his recruitment, Washington State has to like their chances here given the recent pipeline they've created and the Polynesian connection to the WSU roster.
My prediction: Washington State
ATH Zion Echols
Echols, a three-star running back, is one of the most electric athletes in the state of California. Washington State ramped up their recruitment of the 5-foot-8, 175-pound playmaker shortly after he de-committed from Cal several months ago.
The Covina, Calif., product took official visits to Washington State and Cal last month, and will be choosing between the two Pac-12 North rivals at a high school signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Cal is considered the favorite.
My prediction: California
ATH Tayler Hawkins
Palm Springs, Calif., athlete Tayler Hawkins has kept everyone in the dark about his recruitment since officially visiting San Diego State and Washington State in mid-January. The 6-foot, 180-pounder previously included Colorado in his top-three, but has since cut his list to WSU and SDSU with an announcement expected at any time.
It appears to be a legitimate 50-50 battle for the cornerback/receiver. Washington State held an in-home visit last week, though he didn't pull the trigger. My sense is he's leaning towards staying closer to home.
My prediction: San Diego State
UPDATE: Hawkins signed with SDSU