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How Nick Rolovich builds a recruiting class

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Washington State’s 2021 football recruiting class is beginning to take shape with seven verbal commitments. Thus far, the class includes two defensive ends, two offensive linemen, a wide receiver, a linebacker and a punter. Yes, a punter!

While we will still have to wait and see what type of athlete Nick Rolovich and staff bring to Pullman, his time at Hawaii could give us some insight into how he builds a staff. The players change every year in recruiting, but a lot of coaches develop trends to their classes. They bring in a similar number of players at each position each year.

From 2016 - 2019 Rolovich had 97 signees / verbal commitments / transfers at Hawaii, according to 247 Sports. And there are some definite trends.

Like Mike Leach, Rolovich recruits a lot of wide receivers. He also goes very heavy on offensive with the receivers and offensive lineman accounting for about of the third of recruits he landed at Hawaii.

On the defensive side of the ball, the defensive line and secondary take up the most inventory. Here is how it all shakes out into an average 25-man recruiting class.

Quarterback - 2 per year

Running back - 1 per year

Offensive line - 4 per class

Wide receiver - 4 per class

Defensive end - 2 per class

Defensive tackle - 3 per class

Linebackers - 3 per class

Cornerbacks - 1 per class

Safeties - 3 per class

Athletes - 2 per class

Misc (FB/TE/K) - ~1 per class

That adds up to roughly a full class, give or take a player. Based on what the Cougs have already recruited, they are probably set at defensive end, have a start at WR and OL and have a lot of positions to still add, except for punter.



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Head Coach Nick Rolovich and his recruiting staff have been pretty busy throughout the month of May. It is a tough time to be a recruit, and an even a tougher time to be a recruiting staff. But with that being said, the Cougs now have seven 2021-hard commits, all in the month of May, and it does not look like they plan on slowing down anytime soon.