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WSU football recruiting: The latest on Chandler Leniu, Miguel Machado and more

With signing day a week away, we gathered updates on every WSU commit and several uncommitted targets.

Chandler Leniu
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We are now one week away from signing day. While most classes are filling up and most official visits are in the books, there is still quite a bit going on. Washington State is continues to recruit several prospects and at least one current verbal commitment could still flip.

Here is the latest on all of the current verbally committed players and the major targets WSU remains after.

Current commitments


Zaire Andre (WR, Inglewood, Calif.) - Had an in-home visit with Mike Leach and Dennis Simmons recently.

Peyton Bender (QB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) - Received a bump in the Rivals rankings recently and is now their No. 25 pro-style QB.

Squally Canada (RB, Milpitas, Calif.) - Had an in-home visit from Leach and Jim Mastro recently. Also made Sports Illustrated's all-recruit name team.

Andre Dillard (OL, Woodinville, Wash.) - His status remains the same. He took his official to WSU on Jan. 17.

Brandon Evers (OL, Redding, Calif.) - Is now a 3-star prospect according to Rivals. Was named a first-team all-state medium school selection by Cal-Hi Sports.

Kingston Fernandez (DE, Kapolei, Hawaii) - Scout released its final Hawaii rankings and Fernandez is the No. 2 prospect in the state.

Kevin Griffin (CB, Concord, Calif.) - Had a in-home visit with Leach and Eric Russell recently.

Sulaiman Hameed (CB, Alameda, Calif.) - Took an official visit to WSU recently and the trip solidified his commitment.

Keith Harrington (WR, St. Petersburg, Fla.) - His recent official visit to Pullman also helped solidify his commitment. He's slotted to play inside receiver for WSU, although he's often listed as a running back.

Greg Hoyd (LB, Tustin, Calif) - Played in the West Coach Bowl recently, along with his future teammate Zaire Andre.

Frank Luvu (LB, Pago Pago American Samoa) - Remains committed. May also go by Frankie instead of Frank, based on a recent tweet from Keenan Bowen. Developing story.

Hercules Mata'afa (DE, Lahaina, Hawaii) - Was recently ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the state of Hawaii by Scout. Also made the Sports Illustrated all-name team.

Ngalu Tapa (DT, Sacramento, Calif.) - Remains solid and was apparently used as a goal line running back in high school. Jeremiah Laufasa may have competition.

Joseph Turner (CB, San Mateo, Calif.) - You can check out highlights from his sophomore season in junior college on his Hudl page. Note music is NSFW.

Barry Ware (WR, Corona, Calif) - Verbally committed on Sunday, you can read more about him here.

Jalen Canty (DE, Vallejo, Calif) - The newest verbal commitment, much more on him here.

Taking visits

Miguel Machado (OL, Pasadena, Calif.)

All three scouting services still list Machado as committed to WSU, but if he is, it's a very soft verbal commitment. He took a trip to Michigan State last weekend and has apparently since named the Spartans his No. 1. Also recently took a trip to Purdue and is reportedly considering taking an official visit to Washington this weekend. While technically committed, it appears WSU is one of five finalists along with Michigan State, Purdue, Washington and Kansas Sate. Machado will be one to watch very closely. He's one of two junior college players committed in the 2014 class. If he does land in Pullman, he could compete for a starting job next season. That appears to be a rather large "if" at this point.

Ronald Monroe (WR, Richmond, Texas)

Visited Utah State last weekend and San Jose State the weekend before. He received an offer from Vanderbilt recently and will take an official there this weekend. The Commodores reportedly offered him as a quarterback while WSU is recruiting him as a wide receiver. He has said he doesn't have a preference. K.J. Carta-Samuels recently flipped from Vanderbilt to Washington, leaving the Commodores without a quarterback. If Monroe sticks with WSU, the Cougars are likely done at wide receiver. If he flips, they could make another run at Brayden Lenius, Sam Boyd or another prospect.

Patrick Porter (CB, Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

As far as I can tell, he didn't take an official visit to Minnesota last week. That trip was reportedly scheduled, but apparently didn't happen. It does appear he will take a trip to Miami this week. The various reports written about him following his commitment made it sound like he is very solid. We'll have to wait an see how the trip to Miami goes, if it does indeed happen.


Chandler Leniu (MLB, Bellflower, Calif.)

The former WSU commit officially flipped to Cal on Tuesday after taking an official visit to Berkeley. The 4-star linebacker committed to WSU early on, but the urge to play closer to home developed as the process went along. He was very candid about the desire to look at schools closer to home and it wasn't much of a surprise to see him flip to Cal. Unless something dramatic changes between now and singing day, Leniu will be a Bear.

Kaleb McGary (OT, Fife, Wash.)

McGary took an official to Washington last weekend and said he will narrow down his choices, beginning today. As of now, those choices include WSU, Washington, Oregon State and Wisconsin. That list could apparently get cut to two today before he makes a final choice closer to signing day. WSU continues to make a late push and Leach and offensive line coach Clay McGuire watched McGary's high school basketball game along with his grandparents on Tuesday. Seriously.

Marcus Griffin (DT, Bellevue, Wash.)

The 4-star defensive tackle prospect took his official to Arizona last weekend and will head to Mississippi State this weekend. Those two schools, WSU and Cal are his final four. He still plans to make his decision on signing day.

Xavier Ulutu (LB, San Diego, Calif)

Ulutu took his official visit to Pullman last weekend and was the only visitor in town. With Leniu now officially off the board, Ulutu could become an even bigger priority. He will reportedly visit Fresno State this weekend with the race appearing to come down to the Bulldogs and Cougars.

Deion Singleton (S, Pasco Wash.)

Singleton transferred to Pasco from Florida for his senior season. He's reportedly received more than a dozen offers and will take an official visit to WSU this weekend according to Scout and 247Sports. The Cougars don't have a true safety prospect in this class, so he could fill that hole.

Brayden Lenius (WR, West Hils, Calif)

Lenius reportedly took a visit to Minnesota last weekend and will now head to Washington this weekend. The Huskies have joined the fray late in the process. It wouldn't surprise me if WSU is out on Lenius with Ware now committed. That could change depending on what happens for Monroe.

Patrick Choudja (DE, Oakley, Calif.)

Choudja took a visit to Boise State after visiting WSU two weeks ago. He named a top three of Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada. It's unclear if he eliminated WSU, or the Cougars ran out of space with Canty committing. Either way, it doesn't sound like Choudja will be going crimson.

Deion Hallmon (CB, Fort Lauderdale Fla.)

Hallmon was reportedly set to visit WSU this weekend, but that doesn't appear to be the case any longer if this is accurate.

If you'd like verification of that, Hallmon himself retweeted it. These are the levels recruiting forces people to stoop too. Checking to see if prospects retweet news about themselves.

Signing day cannot come soon enough.