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HCA: 5-star Seattle LB still considering WSU (but not UW) and other recruiting news

The Cougars are still in the running for the state’s top player, Sav’ell Smalls.

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Let’s take a look at some current recruiting news in Washington State Cougars athletics.

The football team welcomed a number of touted prospects to this year’s Crimson and Gray Game, and one of them may be ready to pull the trigger on a commitment. Outside linebacker Dahlin Mesake of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas was a BYU commit before making the trip to Pullman, but has since backed off on that pledge as of Tuesday. WSU will have a lot of competition for the three-star 6-foot-3 230 pound ‘backer, though, as LSU, Florida and Oregon have all reportedly offered.

Another even more highly touted linebacker also showed WSU some love yesterday. Kennedy Catholic linebacker Sav’ell Smalls, who is a five-star recruit and the best player in the state, says WSU will be included in his top 6 announced later this summer. In a shocker, he also told 247’s Brandon Huffman that the hometown Washington Huskies will not make the cut. This is sure to bring a smile to Cougar fans everywhere. Here is what Smalls had to say to Huffman about Pullman:

“I actually loved my visit to Washington State, it was real cool,” said Smalls. “I will still do a top six this summer and I think Washington State will be in it and I may do another unofficial there this summer to spend more time there.”

The Cougars have definitely not been shy about dipping into the junior college market for offensive linemen during the Mike Leach era and they continued to try to make inroads there this week. The Cougars offered TJ Bass, a 6-foot-5/305-pounder out of Butte College. He’s considered the number one offensive guard in the JC ranks. The Cougars join UCLA, ASU and Auburn in the race to secure a pledge from this roadgrader.

Great to see so many top recruits recognizing the great situation in Pullman these days.


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