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Where did some of the names we have been following the recruiting cycle end up?

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The Washington State Cougars finished with what can probably be called the best class of the Mike Leach era. There were a few commits who changed gears, however, and went to other programs. Let’s take a look at where these guys that got us excited and then (sort of) broke our hearts.

Erick Hallet: A three-star cornerback out of Texas who committed to the Cougars early in the recruiting cycle. He was recruited by since departed defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and de-committed a couple weeks before signing day. Hallet signed with Pitt yesterday after considering the Panthers and Vanderbilt.

Nick Lewis: A huge 6-foot-9 348 pound lineman out of Jacksonville who committed to WSU back in October. He never seemed fully locked in and took subsequent visits to Cincinnati and Kentucky. He de-committed a couple weeks ago and signed with Kentucky yesterday.

Victory Terry: The three-star linebacker from Los Angeles was committed for a long time before dropping off the radar amid reports of qualification issues. He still hasn’t signed with anyone.

Tyree Wilson: Wilson committed early to the Cougs — all the way back in March 2017. Likely a situation where he committed to the first school to show him some love, Wilson decommitted just a few months later. His stock skyrocketed (247sports ended up rating him as a four-star recruit, and he finished with a nearly four-star rating in 247’s composite metric) and he signed with Texas A&M yesterday.

Alec Anderson: The three-star offensive lineman committed to WSU back in July. The Southern California product from Rancho Cucamonga flipped to UCLA about a week after Chip Kelly was hired. But we got Blake McDonald, and both are rated about the same, so ... fair trade?

Val Martin: Looking for another big defensive lineman, the Cougars recruited this junior college product hard. The 6-foot-2 305 pounder enrolled at North Carolina State yesterday after visiting over the weekend.

Matthew Tago: The Cougars were hoping to sign this four star athlete who de-committed to UCLA. He unfortunately signed with Oregon State.

Kahlef Hailassie: The Elk Grove cornerback with great size was thought to be deciding between WSU and FAU ended up signing with Oregon (?).

We also found out the final destination for Isaiah Johnson-Mack as the wide receiver transferred to Duquesne.

Football

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WSU’s 2018 signing class: 4-star recruits, NFL bloodlines and an Australian rugby player. Plus more to come?

https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/wsu-cougar-football/analysis-what-we-learned-from-wsus-signing-day-show-with-qb-camm-cooper-lb-coach-ken-wilson-and-dc-tracy-claeys/

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Soccer

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