Washington State added another piece to its 2015 recruiting class and he'll come to Pullman from another Pac-12 school. Former 4-star and UCLA linebacker/fullback Aaron Porter will transfer to WSU, according to Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com ($).
According to Ransford, Porter will attend Cerritos Community College this fall before transferring to WSU. He spent two seasons at UCLA, redshirting in 2012. Ransford reports Porter will have three years to play three seasons at WSU, although it would seem he would have two years to play two after sitting out this season. He's already used his redshirt season and one season of eligibility. The NCAA clock keeps ticking, so he'd seemingly lose another year of eligibility in 2014 before arriving in Pullman with two years remaining. I could be missing something and will follow up when more information is known. Regardless, he'll have two or three years to play for WSU. Update: Britton confirms that Porter will have two years to play two.
Porter was a very highly-touted middle linebacker coming out of high school. He was a consensus 4-star recruit out of La Habra High School in La Habra, Calif. If that school sounds familiar, it is because it is the same school current WSU wide receiver Brett Bartolone attended. Porter and Bartolone were high school teammates and part of the same recruiting class.
At some point, it appears Porter switched from linebacker to fullback for the Bruins as multiple media outlets listed him as a running back or fullback upon the news that he was no longer enrolled. Chris Foster of the LA Times said Porter was believed to be "working through academic issues" while InsideSoCal.com said Porter was buried on the depth chart and a likely candidate to transfer. He was ranked as one of the top middle linebackers in the 2012 class and that's where I'd expect him to line up at WSU. With Darryl Monroe entering his junior season and some limited depth behind him, Porter could contend for a backup role in 2015 before competing for the starting job in 2016.
Here are some of his high school highlights