National Signing Day is tomorrow (and CougCenter’s got you covered ahead of that with our offensive and defensive big boards and on the day of as well) when most high school seniors will make their college decisions. Faxes start coming in during the early morning hours and, baring any large surprises, are pretty much done by the time you’re sitting down for lunch.
Generally speaking, teams take up to 25 players in a class. WSU is expecting to sign a full class tomorrow but they won’t be getting that many faxes. That’s because six members of their 2017 recruiting class have already signed National Letters of Intent and are currently enrolled in school.
Lets take a look at the three offensive and three defensive players who have already learned to avoid following a class in CUE with one in Sloan.
Easop Winston (3-star WR, JC transfer)
Winston committed and signed with WSU on the same day in December, the first one junior college transfers can put ink to paper. The City College of San Francisco receiver wasn’t originally committed to WSU; he’d given his verbal to Eastern Michigan prior to signing with the Cougs. He’ll likely be pressed into service right away this year with the departure of River Cracraft leaving WSU in need of some help at inside receiver.
Robert Valencia (3-star OL, JC transfer)
Valencia was a highly sought after offensive lineman, getting a litany of offers including Oregon, Utah, Texas Tech and Cal, which is just across the bay from CCSF where he went to junior college. Valencia fits the Air Raid mold to a T; 6’6”, 295 pounds. He’ll likely come in ready to play right away and could push for some playing time with Cole Madison and Andre Dillard.
Anthony White, Jr. (3-star WR, early enrollee)
White, Jr. signed financial aid paperwork and graduated from high school early to make the long trek from Miami to the Palouse. White was a big get for the Cougs, choosing WSU over offers from LSU, South Carolina, and Kentucky among others. Whether the coaches want to redshirt White, Jr. or not remains to be seen but he may be pressed into service if they depth at receiver isn’t what we thought it could be.
Zaire Webb (3-star CB, early enrollee)
Webb committed on the same day as White, Jr. in August and graduated from school early so he could also make a similarly long journey from South Florida to Pullman. Webb had an offer from North Carolina but committed to WSU because they were his first offer.
Isaiah Love (3-star CB, grayshirt enrollee)
Love actually committed to WSU way back in 2015 but was greyshirted and will count against this class. The three star corner was hurt in a car accident and missed his entire senior season so his enrollment was delayed a year so he could recover. The West Covina, California product was rated the No. 15 prospect in the state at the time.
Sean Harper, Jr. (3-star CB, JC transfer)
Harper, Jr. is actually a somewhat unusual case when it comes to recruiting. He signed with WSU in 2015 but failed to qualify academically. He then landed at Holmes Community College in Mississippi where defensive coordinator Alex Grinch continued to recruit him and he ended up enrolling at WSU for the spring semester. We say unusual because it’s incredibly rare for a player that fails to qualify at a school to actually end up there eventually but it’s evident Alex Grinch loves what he brings to the table. Harper, Jr. will likely be competing for playing time right away in WSU’s secondary.