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HCA:Two JUCO products reportedly to visit for GameDay weekend

Cougar commit Dontae Powell and his star safety teammate, Bryce Beekman, are making the trip to Palouse.

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I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that this could possibly be one of the greatest Saturdays in Pullman history with both GameDay coming to town and with the No. 25 Washington State Cougars playing the No. 12 Oregon Ducks for first place in the Pac-12 North. The town should be lit.

This seems like the ideal weekend to sell prospects on the program, and so far, two junior college stars from Arizona Western who would fill important needs are scheduled. I would not be surprised if these were the first of many recruits to visit the campus this weekend. WSU has been on bit of a recruiting roll lately with a slew of recent commitments and this weekend should be a prime opportunity to keep it going. Here is the intel on the two prospects reportedly visiting so far, according to

OT Dontae Powell

You may remember Powell as a 4-star recruit who signed with WSU two years ago. Unlike most guys who go JC and end up at another program, Powell is the rare JC bounce-back who found his way back home. The 6-foot-6/285-pounder fills an important need on the offensive line which will be losing Andre Dillard after this year. He is ranked as the 63rd best JC player in the nation by 247. Here is CougCenter’s piece on Powell after he committed.

S Bryce Beekman

Powell’s teammate Beekman is ranked as the 65th-best JC player in the country. The 6-2/190-pounder also holds offers from Syracuse, Kansas State and Rutgers. Beekman has a whopping seven interceptions this season and would be a fantastic addition to the Cougar secondary. Beekman is originally out of Baton Rouge like Cougar defensive back Hunter Dale.

Exciting to have these two coming to town and it will be interesting to see if any more prospects join them at the last minute.


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