Update: But wait, there's more ...
California athlete Jalen Canty (6-8, 260) is officially visiting #Wazzu this weekend. He's a Fresno St. commit http://t.co/Mp2EBz1PuW— Britton Ransford (@bkransford) January 19, 2014
With the recruiting dead period over, players have resumed flying around the country on official visits. The Cougars will rack up some frequent flyer points this week with nine players headed to Pullman for visits. While there are a couple of uncommitted targets, this week will also help sure some things up.
Of the nine players visiting, four are currently committed to WSU. That list includes wide receiver Keith Harrington, offensive lineman Andre Dillard and cornerbacks Sulaiman Hameed and Patrick Porter. I've written it a couple times in the last few days, but I'll reiterate it one more time; Harrington is coming to Pullman fresh off racking up more than 300 yards in an all-star game. That will never stop being ridiculous.
Porter is an interesting player to keep an eye on as he will take at least one more visit. Brittion Ransford of Wazzu Watch is of the opinion the commitment will stick, but this weekend could obviously go a long way to helping that be true. Here's the full list of players visiting:
KEY: Height and weight measurements come from Rivals.com. The rating includes the number of stars and the players' national ranking at their position.
|Barry Ware||WR||6'3, 200||3-star (NR)||3-star (105)||4-star (75)||Uncommitted||Link|
|Patrick Porter||CB||6', 170||3-star (NR)||2-star (165)||2-star (163)||WSU||Link|
|Brayden Lenius||WR||6'5, 214||2-star (NR)||3-star (24) TE||NR||Uncommitted||Link|
|Keith Harrington||WR||5'8, 165||3-star (13) RB||3-star (96)||3-star (18) RB||WSU||Link|
|Sulaiman Hameed||CB||5'11, 165||3-star (NR)||3-star (112)||3-star (83) ATH||WSU||Link|
|Andre Dillard||OL||6'5, 240||2-star (NR)||2-star (NR)||3-star (43)||WSU||Link|
|Marcus Davis||WR||5'9, 173||NR||NR||2-star (176) RB||Uncommitted||Link|
|Patrick Choudja||DE||6'4, 225||NR||3-star (69)||3-star (65)||Uncommitted||Link|
|Jalen Canty||DE||6'8, 260||2-star (NR)||2-star (85) TE||3-star (69)||Fresno State||Link|
Ware, a one time UCLA commit, is an interesting prospect. He has great size and would project as an outside receiver in Pullman. For a very simple comparison, think of his as the high school version of Vince Mayle. Big, strong, physical, but still with the speed to run by players. SB Nation wrote up a scouting report of Ware back in April and this is some of what Derrell Warren had to say:
Ware is playmaker and a gamer with good playing speed. Though he's somewhat of a long strider, he's explosive off the line and eats up cushion quickly due to good turnover of his strides. While I'm unsure about his measured speed, the fact that he consistently separates from pursuers once the ball is in his hands is what's important.
The crazy thing is Ware won't even be the biggest wide receiver visiting. Brayden Lenius, all 6-foot-5 and 214 pounds of him, will also be in Pullman. Lenius isn't highly rated, but he's drawn a lot of recent attention. He didn't have much recruiting interest until recently, but Utah, WSU, Minnesota and Miami have all offered since the middle of December.
Marcus Davis doesn't have the size of Ware or Lenius, but the WR/RB will also take a visit. Davis is from Canada and while he doesn't have any reported offers, has drawn interest from WSU and ASU. If the last name sounds familiar, you may remember running back Terrell Davis. Not the one who played for the Broncos, but the recruit from two years ago who originally committed to Paul Wulff. When Mike Leach came aboard, Davis, opted to go elsewhere and landed at ASU. Terrell is in fact Marcus' older brother.
Patrick Choudja is the other uncommitted player visiting. WSU is one of his four finalists, joined by Nevada, Boise State and Fresno State. He's likely a little undersized to play defensive end for WSU, at least without adding considerable weight, but could be a BUCK linebacker prospect.
The coaching staff appears to be in search of at least one more wide receiver. That shouldn't come as much of a surprise with five receivers graduating after next season. Ronald Monroe is also reportedly taking other visits, so WSU may need to fill his spot if he flips.
Of the four uncommitted players, which would you most like to see end up in Pullman?