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.
CSN Overview: WSU’s 2021 Commitments So Far… – Cougar Sports Network
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.