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WSU football recruiting: Early signing day primer

The WSU fax machine is expected to be busy tomorrow.

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Washington State, fresh off signing Mike Leach to a shiny new five-year, $20 million deal, now shifts their focus to the early signing day period, which begins tomorrow.

The NCAA implemented the new signing window earlier this year and while the traditional February signing day will still be in effect, it’s looking like the early signing period is going to be the biggest day of the recruiting calendar moving forward, according to Bud Elliott of SB Nation, who asked coaches what they expect tomorrow.

The principle guiding the common strategy of the schools is to maximize the leverage given to them by NCAA rules.

So here is how the vast majority of college teams will attack early signing day.

“With few exceptions, we expect to sign every verbal commitment we have. This is [now] the main Signing Day.”

If a player has been offered and has verbally committed to the university, that team expects him to sign. Coaches have put in months, if not years, of work toward their current verbal commitments. They do not want to spend another second ensuring those players sign. In fact, that has long been one of their biggest annoyances with the recruiting process.

To put it another way, a lot of schools think upward of 80 percent of their recruiting classes will sign in December, with only a few players waiting until February.

The December early signing period is now the big trip to the grocery store, while February’s traditional National Signing Day is going to become the quick stop for a gallon of milk.

Barring any surprises, Leach and the WSU coaching staff should be no exception, as the vast majority of the current recruiting class, which currently sits at 21 known commits, is expected to fax in their national letters of intent at some point tomorrow.

Recruits expected to sign tomorrow

Based on what we’ve heard, here’s a list of the 16 prospects we expect to sign with WSU this week:

  • QB: Cammon Cooper
  • RB: Max Borghi
  • WR: Rodrick Fisher, Calvin Jackson, Kassidy Woods, Brandon Gray
  • OL: Cade Beresford, Syr Riley, Jarrett Kingston
  • DL: Jonathan Lolohea, Brennan Jackson
  • LB: RJ Stone, Kedron Williams,
  • DB: D’Angelo McKenzie, Myles Green-Richards, Patrick Nunn

Of these 16 verbal commits, Cooper, Borghi, Fisher, Lolohea and Jackson are all expected to enroll at WSU in January and participate in spring practices. The rest will likely arrive in June with the rest of the class that signs in Feburary.

Recruits not expected to sign tomorrow

  • WR: Drue Jackson
  • OL: Nick Lewis
  • DL: Amir Crowder
  • DB: Erick Hallett, Gatlin Grisso

Obviously, this list is unknown right now, but reading the tea leaves suggests these are the players that are questionable to sign at this point in the recruiting process. Note: Victor Terry is reportedly no longer committed as he works on academics.

Recruits to watch

Cade Beresford, a touted offensive tackle prospect from Woodinville, took an official visit to WSU two weeks ago, though he’s been pursued by UCLA and USC of late. He mentioned on Twitter last week that he was 100% committed and signing with WSU, though it’s recruiting and a lot of funny things can happen in the final hours.

WSU will also be included in a hat ceremony tomorrow as it appears three-star safety Halid Djibril will be deciding between WSU and Oregon State. The Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral prospect took an official visit to WSU two weeks ago, then followed that up with a trip to Corvallis last weekend. It’s unknown when he’s deciding.

Myles Green-Richards picked up an offer from in-state program Oregon State on Sunday night, but there’s been no mention of his interest in the Beavers. Still, it’s something to watch for as the faxes begin rolling in.

It’ll be interesting to see how this early signing day will impact the college football recruiting landscape and WSU, in particular. WSU recruiting classes have notoriously been a “back up plan” for larger programs who miss on their big fish and I’d expect some of those programs are already in commits’ ears about holding off on signing.

Should be an exciting day! CougCenter will have you covered as the faxes come in.

WSU Football 2018 Recruiting Class

Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
YES Rodrick Fisher WR ✯✯✯✯ 0.8947 6-2/193 5/10/17 Spokane WA Link Led state in 100-m (10.46) and 200-m (21.26) in 2017
YES Cammon Cooper QB ✯✯✯✯ 0.8917 6-4/202 5/29/17 Lehi UT Link First Elite 11 QB in more than a decade
YES Drue Jackson WR ✯✯✯ 0.8763 6-1/186 10/27/17 Sachse TX Link Rated 4-star by Scout, Rivals
YES Max Borghi RB ✯✯✯ 0.8731 5-10/195 6/29/17 Arvada CO Link Multipurpose back flipped from Colorado
YES Halid Djibril S ✯✯✯ 0.8672 6-2/185 12/20/17 Los Angeles CA Link Picked WSU over USC and OSU.
YES D'Angelo McKenzie DB ✯✯✯ 0.8614 6-0/180 10/24/17 San Jose CA Link Holds offers from Notre Dame, UCLA
YES Kassidy Woods WR ✯✯✯ 0.8609 6-2/200 11/22/17 Addison TX Link No. 136 receiver nationally
YES Blake McDonald OL ✯✯✯ 0.8601 6-4.5/295 2/3/18 Danville CA Link No. 31 OG in country via 247, orig UCLA commit
YES Cade Beresford OL ✯✯✯ 0.8601 6-7/250 9/25/17 Woodinville WA Link Offers from UCLA, Nebraska
YES Brandon Gray WR ✯✯✯ 0.8600 6-5/172 7/29/17 Detroit MI Link No. 3 receiver in Michigan
YES Brennan Jackson DL ✯✯✯ 0.8519 6-4/225 7/13/17 Temecula CA Link Rated the No. 3 DE prospect in CA by Scout
YES RJ Stone DL ✯✯✯ 0.8685 6-4/215 12/11/17 San Jose CA Link Picked WSU over Arizona State
YES Tyrese Ross DB ✯✯✯ 0.8464 6-1/187 2/2/18 Jacksonville FL Link Flipped from Mississippi State
YES Kedron Williams DB ✯✯✯ 0.8497 6-1/192 5/3/17 Bellflower CA Link Recruited by Roy Manning
YES Ahmir Crowder DL ✯✯✯ 0.8485 6/3-280 10/16/17 Los Angeles CA Link Offers from Vandy and Purdue
YES Patrick Nunn ATH ✯✯✯ 0.8477 6-3/206 8/20/17 San Mateo CA Link Could play WR or DB
NO Rocky Katoanga LB ✯✯✯ 0.8366 6-2/205 2/6/18 Oceanside CA Will grayshirt
YES Myles Green-Richards DB ✯✯✯ 0.8364 6-1/175 7/6/17 Eugene OR Link Clocked a 4.52 laser-timed 40
YES Jonathan Lolohea DL ✯✯✯ 0.8461 6-3/310 11/22/17 Lahaina HI Link Juco from Copiah-Lincoln CC in Mississippi
YES Kendrick Catis LB ✯✯✯ 0.8394 6-1/228 12/20/17 Deerfield Beach FL Link No. 4 inisde linebacker in JUCO.
YES Syr Riley OL ✯✯✯ 0.8315 6-3/323 10/2/17 Palisades CA Link Offers from Cal and Navy
YES Calvin Jackson Jr. WR ✯✯✯ 0.8208 5-10/170 4/12/17 Pompano Beach FL Link Juco transfer
YES Jarrett Kingston DL ✯✯✯ 0.8181 6-5/250 8/9/17 Anderson CA Link First team All CIF Northern Section as a DE
NO Gatlin Grisso DB ✯✯✯ 0.8072 6-1/185 6/23/17 Aubrey TX Link Expected to grayshirt
YES Keenan Forbes OL ✯✯✯ 0.8345 6-3/310 1/18/18 Hollywood FL Link Three to play three; rating is from H.S. eval
YES Misi Aiolupotea-Pei DL ✯✯✯ 0.8000 6-3/250 2/4/18 Riverside CA Link Juco has only played football for 2 years
YES Gardner Minshew QB N/A N/A 6-2/216 3/20/18 Brandon MS Link Graduate transfer from East Carolina
YES Lamonte McDougle DL N/A N/A 5-11/295 5/16/18 Deerfield Beach FL Link Transfer from WVU will be eligible in 2019
YES Chad Davis Jr. DB N/A N/A 6-2/200 5/18/18 Daytona Beach FL Juco transfer