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Hot Cougar Action: Recruiting roundup

There was plenty of recruiting news on Thursday, including the latest verbal commitment.


I'm fairly certain there is an agreement among potential WSU recruits that whenever Rancourt is busy all of the recruits will do things to make news. Kyle goes on vacation, multiple players commit. Kyle is getting married Saturday, so obviously there was a lot going on in the recruiting world on Thursday.

Kyle will be along with evaluations and what not at some point down the road, but for now we'll hit all of the recruiting news quickly.

  • WSU added a verbal commitment Thursday, landing junior college wide receiver Vincent Mayle. Mike Leach preaches physical wide receiver play and Mayle is probably as physical a wide receiver as you will see. He's also huge at 6'3 220 pounds, so there is that.
  • Another WSU wide receiver recruit, DeMarcus Ayers won't be visiting Washington this weekend as originally planned. That doesn't mean he won't visit other schools before signing day, just not the Huskies this weekend.
  •'s recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman was a guest on the Ian Furness Show on Thursday, specifically talking WSU recruiting. While some think the latest action in Pullman could hurt Leach on the recruiting trail, Huffman actually says Leach's accountability could help. The full interview can be found below and is worth a listen.



A snowy WSU Thursday - SportsLink - - Nov. 8, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Last week I was marveling at how warm it was for November. Today, multiple pairs of pants were necessary. Read on for some notes from WSU's chilly, snow-covered practice.

Could Cougars throw snow at UCLA in home game? | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — Thursday's Cougars football practice saw snow falling on the Martin Stadium turf and temperatures in the 30s.

Cougars hand over duties to young receivers - - Nov. 9, 2012
The last time Washington State took the field without Marquess Wilson was Nov. 28, 2009, a game against Washington that the Cougars lost 30-0 to cap a 1-11 season.

WSU News Center - Dad’s Weekend at WSU features football, basketball, much more
Pac-12 Conference football play and a regional basketball matchup featuring the Cougar men's team will take center stage Saturday (Nov. 10), as Washington State University celebrates both Dad's Weekend and Armed Forces Day with a full slate of events and activities for fans of all ages.

Talking Points: Plenty of blame to go around at WSU | The Columbian
It appears the rebuilding process in Pullman might take longer than expected.

UCLA at Washington State | Lindy's Sports
– For Washington State: Make an effort. Coach Mike Leach has drawn criticism in some quarters this week for his public calling-out of his players for their effort at Utah. How the team responds this week will tell just about everything.

Washington State's Run Game and Getting Ready for Pullman - Bruins Nation
The media met with Coach Mora for a brief press session at the end of this morning's practice. The team will be leaving for Pullman tomorrow, holding a walk through session after getting into town.

Men's Basketball

Washington State men's basketball: 2012-13 schedule highlights | Cougar Basketball | The Seattle Times
The Cougars play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Nov. 19-20 in Kansas City, opening against No. 7 Kansas as transfer guard Royce...

Women's Basketball

Cougars like their chances — even if the optimism isn't shared with others | Cougar Basketball | The Seattle Times
Brock Motum leads the Washington State men's basketball team, which was picked to finished 10th in the Pac-12. Motum and a trio of talented guards — DaVonte Lacy, Mike Ladd and Royce Woolridge — give the Cougars reason for hope.

Washington State looking to build on 2012 Pac-12 tournament success - Swish Appeal
Washington State probably isn't the first program that comes to mind for women's basketball fans when thinking about the Pac-12, but the Cougars turned some heads on the west coast with their run to the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament semifinals where they fell to a talented California Golden Bears squad.

Ireti Amojo, Tia Presley back from injuries to lead Cougars | Cougars | The Seattle Times
Washington State guards Ireti Amojo and Tia Presley each missed the second half of last season with injuries. Presley will start at point guard for the Cougars and Amojo, a junior, will be a leader off the bench.

Washington State women's basketball: 2012-13 schedule highlights | Cougars | The Seattle Times
• The Cougars a couple of tough nonconference opponents — at home against No. 19 Ohio State on Dec. 15, and at No. 9 Louisville on Dec.