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Washington State picks up two football commits

One comes from the high school ranks, while the other is a former USC signee

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The Washington State basketball team made waves in recent days by vaulting up the recruiting rankings thanks to some late commits and signees. Nick Rolovich and the football team clearly wanted in on the action.

Rolovich sent up two bat signals this week on Twitter, and we actually found out relatively quickly who those commits were. Let’s start with the first one on Thursday:

Elisha Lloyd

Lloyd announced his commitment on Twitter Thursday. The 5-10, 175-pound three-star defensive back comes from San Marcos, Calif. and had a Pac-12 offer from the Utah Utes. His other Power 5 offer came from the Kansas State Wildcats and Boston College Eagles. Lloyd also had G5 offers from Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada and others.

Lloyd is a speedster, and Theo Lawson of The Spokesman-Review noted that Lloyd is interested in playing football and running track at Washington State. Remember: If he does indeed take that route, his scholarship would count toward the football limit.

Jaylen Watson

Watson committed yesterday and could play right away, as the JC transfer will be part of the 2020 class. Watson originally committed to play for the USC Trojans out of high school but couldn’t quite qualify. He went the junior college route—becoming a JC All-American at Ventura College.

Watson’s offer list is one of the more impressive ones we’ve seen this recruiting cycle. According to 247, the USC Trojans, Arizona Wildcats and Oregon State Beavers were offering, as well as Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisville and others.

Watson will give WSU another body to add to the secondary, and one that was in demand for a number of Power 5 schools.

So that makes 10 commits for Nick Rolovich and Co. for the 2021 class and an extra commit for the 2020 class. Some of the CougCenter authors had a brief behind-the-scenes chat about football recruiting and how this year might get crazy, given that campus visits are still a no-no. Will teams just offer guys and cross their fingers they’ll come through? What if high school football isn’t played this fall? How will that affect the 2021 and 2022 classes? What if high school football is played in the spring instead of the fall?

Nobody knows what will happen, so strap in.


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