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WSU football recruiting: BJ Thompson backs off Wazzu pledge

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The three-star defensive end officially visited WSU over the weekend.

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Despite taking an official visit to Washington State over the weekend, three-star athlete B.J. Thompson has backed off his verbal commitment to the Cougars.

Thompson, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound BUCK linebacker prospect, announced his de-commitment on Twitter this afternoon.

Like many Washington State verbal commits, the England, Ark. product has seen his recruitment pick up steam in the final weeks leading up to National Signing Day. Baylor, Utah or Florida State appear to be potential landing spots for Thompson.

It’s another tough blow for the Washington State recruiting class, which has seen several verbal commitments on the defensive side de-commit in recent weeks. Joe Tryon, a three-star prospect from Renton, flipped to Washington last week and defensive end Aisa Kelemete flipped back to Boise State over the weekend.

With Thompson no longer in the fold, Washington State now has 21 verbal commitments and signees in the 2017 recruiting class, which you can view below.

2017 WSU Football Commits

Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via Scout) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via Scout) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
YES Isaiah Love CB ✯✯✯ 0.8218 5-11/165 8/24/2015 West Covina CA Link Greyshirted as a member of the '16 class.
NO Dontae Powell OL ✯✯✯ 0.8817 6-7/305 4/2/2016 Richland WA Link Ranked #6 OT prospect in West by Scout.
YES Connor Neville QB ✯✯✯ 0.8652 6-2/195 4/2/2016 Wilsonville OR Link Ranked #15 QB in country by Rivals.
YES George Hicks CB ✯✯✯ 0.8438 6-0/180 6/22/2016 San Bernardino CA Link Picked WSU over Boise State offer.
YES Alec Kuzmack OL ✯✯✯ 0.8394 6-5/285 7/11/2016 Eagle ID Link Top ranked offensive line prospect in ID.
YES Anthony White Jr. WR ✯✯✯ 0.8500 6-1/170 8/1/2016 Miami FL Link Ranked #6 ATH in FL by Scout.
YES Zaire Webb CB ✯✯✯ 0.8234 5-10/165 8/1/2016 Neptune Beach FL Link Webb will enroll early at WSU.
YES Abraham Lucas OL ✯✯✯ 0.8716 6-8/260 8/3/2016 Everett WA Link Ranked #3 OT in WA by Scout.
NO Kelle Sanders DE ✯✯✯ 0.8451 6-5/230 8/13/2016 Olympia WA Link Ranked #2 DE in WA by Scout.
YES Damion Lee S ✯✯✯ 0.8206 6-1/180 10/6/2016 Palm Springs CA Link One of the fastest 100m times in CA.
YES Faavae Faavae LB ✯✯✯ 0.8478 6-1/210 10/21/2016 Santa Ana CA Link Bouncing back from an ACL tear.
YES Josh Talbott S ✯✯✯ 0.8605 6-0/175 11/15/2016 Long Beach CA Link Ranked #7 safety in West by Scout.
YES Preston Hendry DE ✯✯✯ 0.8470 6-5/235 11/21/2016 Costa Mesa CA Link Rated #54 JUCO by Scout.
YES Sean Harper Jr. CB ✯✯✯ 0.8210 6-2/185 11/30/2016 Goodman MS Link Originally signed with WSU in 2015 class.
YES Cole Dubots LB ✯✯✯ 0.8273 6-1/185 12/11/2016 Murietta CA Link Speedy RB will play LB under Grinch.
YES Robert Valencia OL ✯✯✯ 0.8687 6-6/295 12/13/2016 San Francisco CA Link Rated 4-stars and #18 JUCO prospect by Scout.
YES Easop Winston WR ✯✯✯ 0.8458 5-11/185 12/13/2016 San Francisco CA Link Scored 24 TD in 2 years at CCSF.
YES Caleb Perry RB ✯✯✯ 0.8472 5-9/170 1/5/17 Seattle WA Link Rated #30 all-purpose back by 247.
YES Christian Mejia DE ✯✯✯ 0.8004 6-3/220 1/13/2017 Kailua HI Rated #13 prospect in Haiwaii by 247
YES Dominick Silvels DB ✯✯✯ 0.8306 6-3/190 1/17/17 San Diego CA Link Played at same school as Dezmon Patmon.
YES Dallas Hobbs DE ✯✯ 0.7930 6-6/240 1/21/2017 Cedar Rapids IA Link All-New England Defensive Player of the Year.
YES Devontavean Martin WR ✯✯✯ 0.8080 6-4/180 1/22/17 Houma LA Link Two-sport star previously committed to Toledo.
YES Willie Rodgers DE ✯✯✯ 0.8377 6-5/230 1/24/2017 Highlands Ranch CO Link Rated #13 DE in West by Scout.
YES Willie Taylor III LB ✯✯ 0.7692 6-4/210 1/24/2017 Cochran GA Link Rated #213 overall ATH by 247.
YES Jonathan Nathaniel OL ✯✯✯ 0.8496 6-4.5/250 1/29/17 Chandler AZ Link Chose WSU over Arizona
YES Travell Harris WR ✯✯ 0.7842 5-9/170 2/1/17 Tampa FL Link Averaged over 24 yards per touch as a senior
YES Jamire Calvin WR ✯✯✯✯ 0.8923 5-10/160 2/1/2017 Los Angeles CA Link Ranked #5 prospect in California by Scout.