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Two linemen expected in Pullman this weekend

It’s the last weekend before the second signing day.

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Riverside Community College has been fertile recruiting ground for the Washington State Cougars during the Mike Leach era, with linebacker Greg Hoyd’s father being on the coaching staff there, and another Riverside product is checking out the Palouse this weekend.

According to, defensive end Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei is coming to Pullman on the last weekend before signing day. The 6-foot-3/250-pound stalwart also boasts an offer from Memphis and has taken visits there and to San Deigo State in the past month.

Aiolupotea-Pei is around the same size as Cougar defensive ends of the past few years, so he fits as a replacement position wise. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will need to restock the defensive line due to graduation and early entry. The Cougars are also heavily recruiting JUCO lineman Val Martin as well.

Also joining him, according to’s Greg Biggins ($), is prep offensive lineman Blake McDonald, a three-star recruit out of Danville, California. He was committed to UCLA and Jim Mora early in the process, but decommitted after the coaching change. He had an in-home visit with Clay McGuire last night:

The only two known commits who have not signed a letter of intent yet is junior college receiver Calvin Jackson, who recently hosted Cougar coaches for an in-home visit, and three-star defensive back Gatlin Grisso, who intends on grayshirting, according to Cougfan ($). Three-star DB Erick Hallett decommitted last week after being committed since August.

Fortunately, there are only about 5 spots left open to fill after a terrific early signing period. The Cougars look to be targeting offensive lineman, defensive backs and junior college defensive lineman to round out the class. We could see a flurry of activity in the next week or the Cougars may hold scholarships for prospects that become lost in the shuffle on signing day and sign them later in the spring.

Here’s a look at the class right now:

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


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