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How is the 2014 recruiting class shaping up?

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Not one of WSU's stronger crops

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

A few weeks ago we looked at how the 2015 recruiting class panned out relative to expectations. This week we will examine the 2014 class. We will look at the top players of the class coming in (as ranked by 247sports.com) and how they have performed versus the rest of the class. There are a few standout performers from this class so far but overall this class gets in the words of Pete Campbell "Not great bob!" relative to other classes brought in by Mike Leach.

Here are the top 5 ranked players coming in:

1.DB Jeff Farrar:

Well this was a shocker. Farrar originally signed with UVA before not qualifying academically, before  enrolling at WSU just before the start of the season. He never really made an impact on the defensive back depth chart and ended up leaving the program.

2.LB Chandler Leniu:

Another signee who ended at WSU after not qualifying (this time at Cal). Leniu enters redshirt sophomore year behind Peyton Pelluer on the depth chart and still has a chance to make a big impact on the linebacking corps.

3.WR Barry Ware:

The big receiver redshirted his first year before leaving the program reportedly for academic reasons.

4.DB Deion Singleton:

Singleton has had a late start to his career due to NCAA clearinghouse issues, but was in the mix for a starting cornerback position this spring.

5.WR Zaire Andre:

Left the program after one year in search of more playing time.

Best players in the class so far (Ranking in parentheses) :

1.DE Hercules Matafa (17) :

Redshirt sophomore has shown All Pac-12 and maybe even All-American potential as a pass-rusher.

2.RB Keith Harrington (8) :

Part of WSU's terrific triumvirate of running backs last season, Harrington brings a lot of explosiveness to the table and could see a move to inside receiver next year.

3.OT Andre Dillard (16) :

Unheralded recruit looks to be WSU's starting left tackle this season after stepping in for Joe Dahl as a freshman and performing admirably.

4.LB Frank Luvu (14) :

One of Joe Salavea's finds from American Samoa, Luvu is the favorite to start at linebacker this season. Certainly a candidate for a break out season for the Cougars.

5.S Suli Hameed (12) :

When healthy, Hameed has shown promise in the defensive backfield.

Once again we see that the unheralded recruits seem to shine the brightest. Unfortunately, overall this class has had too many defections and disappointments to qualify as one of Mike Leach's better classes. However, there are some gems in here that will hopefully help propel the Cougar program to a sustained period of success.

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