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WSU football recruiting: Breaking down the first few hours of National Signing Day

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It’s been smooth sailing thus far for WSU, though a few prospects have yet to sign.

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It’s been a pretty smooth morning for Washington State, who has already received national letters of intent from 24 prospects prior to 9:30 a.m. local time.

Dallas Hobbs, a defensive end from the East Coast, was the first verbal commitment to officially ink his letter of intent at 4 a.m. local time this morning. Travell Harris, a receiver from Tampa, Fla., sent in his letter of intent shortly after, marking the only real surprise of the day thus far. Harris was previously down to WSU and Arizona.

The rest of the class has filled in nicely, as expected, though a few prospects have still yet to officially join the WSU football program. Kelle Sanders and Dontae Powell — both highly rated in-state products — are the only two verbal commits to not yet sign.

Sanders, as discussed on the CougCenter Hour, was one to watch come Signing Day as Utah has been hard after the Olympia, Wash., product. He took an official visit to Salt Lake City a few weeks ago and has been quiet on social media in recent weeks. We’re hearing that Sanders is expected to sign at his high school around 2:30 p.m. today.

Powell, on the other hand, has been pretty active on social media and all indications are that he’s still firmly committed despite not yet signing. We’ll hold off on any speculation for now, but it’s a storyline to follow throughout the day.

The only uncommitted prospect WSU is known to be actively recruiting is Jamire Calvin, a four-star receiver from Los Angeles, Calif., who committed to Nebraska last week. Rumors began to emerge over the last 24 hours that Calvin could be ready to flip to Washington State and sign with the Cougs today.

Calvin is expected to sign with either Nebraska or Washington State around 12:15 p.m. local time at his high school signing day ceremony. We’ll have coverage at CougCenter.

Four-star receiver Bryan Thompson, who was previously listed on the WSU big board, committed to Utah this morning. Miki Sugutaraga, a defensive tackle prospect, stayed home and signed with Hawaii and Mo Unutoa, an offensive tackle, is expected to sign with BYU. Those were the main names still on the WSU big boards that have now been removed.

So, what happens if all three prospects still in the mix with WSU decide to sign? Well, it’s likely they’d make it work somehow. We have projected that WSU will take 26 in this class, so could one greyshirt? It’s tough to call right now, but we’ll have live updates and throughout the day as we track all the latest National Signing Day news for you.