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Two areas look to be the emphasis for the 2017 recruiting class

Quarterback and defensive tackle top the list.

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Now that signing day has come and gone, the never-ending cycle of recruiting continues as we look ahead to the class of 2017. After a nine-win season and a successful recruiting campaign, expect the Cougars to continue to make in-roads with high-level west coast prospects. And we should anticipate the positions they will be pushing the hardest for to be quarterback and defensive tackle.

With Bellevue's Justus Rogers the only incoming scholarship quarterback (and expected to eventually move to another position), the Cougars should be able to snag a top signal-caller next year. Next year's recruit will arrive with Luke Falk going into his senior year and should be right in the mix after a redshirt year, depending on the development of Tyler Hilinski and Peyton Bender. This should be a great selling point to prospective recruits.

Leach has already extended offers to top prospects such Dylan McCaffrey, Connor Neville and Tristan Gebbia. Neville and Gebbia in particular seem high on WSU. Neville, out of Wilsonville, Ore has made no secret of interest in the Cougars in media interviews and took an unofficial visit to WSU this fall. Gebbia recently sent out a tweet putting WSU in his early top five.

Defensive tackle will another point of emphasis for the Cougars. Four-star recruit Thomas Toki was supposed to sign as a greyshirt, but failed to make grades. The Cougars also saw priority recruit Wayne Kirby choose the Oregon Ducks.

With no obvious defensive tackles in the class, the Cougs are left with Ngalu Tapa as the only real future at the position. We should expect the staff to hit this area hard in the upcoming year. Expect the Cougars to make a hard charge at 4-star prospects Greg Rogers of Las Vegas and Jay Tufele of South Jordan, Utah. With the lure of early playing time and the chance to play for "Coach Joe," the Cougs should have a lot to sell to these kids.

What would you guys like to see the team focus on for next year's recruiting class?


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