Junior college transfers Jeremiah Mitchell and Shalom Luani made it official on Wednesday when they submitted their letters of intent to WSU, making them eligible to enroll in spring semester and begin team activities with the Cougars.
Mitchell (a defensive end) and Luani (a safety) each figure to be in WSU's immediate plans for a defense that needs all the help it can get, because both are highly regarded in recruiting circles and fill positions of need.
Luani, who is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds out of the Community College of San Francisco, is rated four stars and the No. 19 overall junior college player by Scout.com. He also is No. 38 on the ESPN JC50 and is rated the top junior college safety by 247sports. He flipped from Oregon State a day before signing, and it's not a stretch to imagine him stepping directly into a secondary that needs both talent and maturity at the safety position.
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"Shalom is a very good athlete with good size and great feet," WSU coach Mike Leach said in a news release. "He is a former soccer player, explosive tackler who is physical and a downhill player who makes a lot of plays on the ball."
Mitchell, who is 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds out of Riverside (Calif.) Community College, also is rated four stars by Scout and is ranked the 28th best junior college prospect.
"For his size Jeremiah is a very athletic player and a disruptive force on the defensive side of the ball," Leach said. "He is an instinctive pass rusher with a great motor with the chance to make an immediate impact."
Luani had four interceptions this past season, while Mitchell had six sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.
"We’re excited about Shalom and Jeremiah joining the program," Leach said. "Both are explosive players and will get the opportunity to come in early, get settled in the classroom and participate in spring practices."
Luani's highlights are at the top; Mitchell's are below.