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2013 recruiting class shaping up to be a all-timer

Mike Leach hit a home run on his second class.

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Over the past few weeks I have re-evaluated the 2014 and 2015 classes. Now to look back on a class in which we can really get some perspective. The 2013 class was the first one that Mike Leach had a full year to recruit. This class is the heart of last year's Sun Bowl winning team. Considering the situation the program was in at the time, this class merits an A as far I'm concerned. Let's take a look at the highest ranked players coming in (as ranked by ESPN) and the ones that eventually rose to the top.

1.Vince Mayle:

The 4-star JC player for whom WSU had to beat out SEC competition was an All-American receiver who ended up being drafted by the NFL in the 4th round. One of WSU's greatest junior college recruits of all time.

2.Robert Lewis:

A grayshirt from Mike Leach's first recruiting class, the "human joystick" has been a solid slot receiver for the Cougars.

3.Tyler Bruggman:

Cougar fans were over the moon when they found out Mike Leach landed his first 4-star quarterback. Unfortunately, things didn't work out exactly as planned and Bruggman was beaten out by a much less heralded player in this class, whom we will discuss later.

4.Peyton Pelluer:

The linebacker from a Cougar family has been an excellent run-stuffer since he arrived on campus and beat out veteran Darryl Monroe.

5.Lyman Faoliu:

The junior college defensive end did not make much of an impact in his two years in the Palouse.

Here are the best players in the class:

1.Luke Falk (NR):

Walk-on beat out Bruggman and, in 2015, put together one of the best seasons in WSU's storied quarterback history.

2.Vince Mayle (1):

The most-hyped player was nearly the best player.

3.River Cracraft (8):

Slot receiver has been a big impact player from day 1. Just a terrific possession receiver.

4.Peyton Pelluer (4):

Local kid lived up to the hype.

5.Riley Sorenson (14):

Late commit is anchor of WSU's offensive line.

This is not even including players such as Jamal Morrow, Gerard Wicks, Cole Madison and a few other starters. Quite the haul for Mike Leach and company.

What do you guys think about this class? Is it one of the best in Cougar history?


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