Cougar fans had every right to thrilled with yesterday’s early signing period. Lots of top prospects and minimal defections have made this new rule a real boon for the WSU program. Let’s take a look at the overall picture of Pac-12 recruiting and where the Cougars fit as of now with rankings courtesy of 247sports.com
The Huskies signed numerous four star prospects including Cougar targets such as quarterbacks Colson Yankoff and Jacob Sirmon. They also added former Oregon commit and Gonzaga Prep star Devin Culp who is apparently going to be converted to the tight end position.
The Ducks inked seven 4 star prospects, even with the loss of coach Willie Taggart, including earlier Cougar target quarterback Tyler Shough out of Chandler AZ.
The Trojans signed a small class that still included 7 out of 8 players at 4 stars or better. The highlight is the nation’s best inside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote out of Las Vegas.
Chip Kelly signed a small but potent class in his first few weeks including former Cougar commit offensive tackle Alec Anderson out of Rancho Cucamonga.
5. Washington State
As we have covered exhaustively, the Cougars signed probably Mike Leach’s best class highlighted by quarterback Cammon Cooper and wide receiver Roderick Fisher.
Justin Wilcox signed 18 players including two four star recruits and former Cougar target Matthew Cindric from Skyline HS.
The Buffs picked up 19 players highlighted by 4 star JUCO OLB Davion Taylor and quarterback Blake Stenstrom.
The Cardinal inked 10 players including 3 four star players led by Alabama signal-caller Jack West. Stanford generally lags behind in commitments due to the admissions process.
Rich Rodriguez signed 16 players including former WSU target CB McKenzie Barnes
10. Arizona State
Herm Edwards picked up 11 new prospects in his first class led by outside linebacker Reggie Hughes whom WSU was recruiting pretty hard.
The Utes are off to a slow start in recruiting this year, but managed to pick up 4 star quarterback Jack Tuttle.
12. Oregon State
Jonathan Smith’s first recruiting effort led to the signing of 11 players including Mount Si wide receiver Jesiah Irish.
Live thread: Washington State announces first wave of signees as early signing period begins | The Spokesman-Review
Stay up to date with WSU’s class by following The Spokesman-Review’s by-the-minute coverage of the early signing period, complete with live updates, bios and highlight tapes of every signee.
WSU’s signing day surprise? No Max Borghi — yet. And Stanford is now in the mix for the RB | The Seattle Times
Max Borghi, WSU's prized running back commit from Pomona (Colo.) High is said to be torn between WSU and Stanford, which swooped in late to offer him.
Meet the newest Cougars: WSU coaches and analysts break down the 2018 signing class | The Seattle Times
Which new signees could compete immediately for playing time? And where will some of the recruits designated as 'athletes' play? WSU's coaches and analysts Jason Gesser and Alex Brink break it down
Anchored by Lehi QB Cammon Cooper, WSU reels in its best signing class of the Mike Leach era | The Seattle Times
WSU had some nice surprises on Wednesday, the start of the early signing period. But the absence of running back Max Borghi from the Cougars' signee list overshadowed what was otherwise a solid haul for the Cougars.