There are now less than 48 hours until the fax machines start lighting up and the letters of intent begin rolling in. There is still plenty of work to do, however, before the 2015 recruiting class becomes official. WSU is in excellent position heading into the final hours. The Cougars currently have 24 verbal commitments in what is universally regarded as a top 40 recruiting class.
Whether WSU can remain in the top 40, 35 or possibly even the top 30 will depend on how the next two days shake out. The Cougars are still chasing a few targets while trying to hold onto a few other verbal commitments. Here is a general overview of where things stand right now.
Before we get into the details, a ton of this information comes from Britton Ransford. If recruiting is your thing, his site and premium message boards are tremendous. If premium subscriptions aren't your thing, you can listen to Britton and Michael talk recruiting for free in the most recent CougCenter Hour.
Solid commitments (18):
The following players are either committed to WSU and haven't taken any recent visits, confirmed their commitment or already signed with the Cougars.
QB - Tyler Hilinski (signed FAA)
RB - James Williams
WR - Kyle Sweet
OL - Cedric Bigge-Duren, Noah Myers, Amosa Sakaria, Joseph Price
DL - Jeremiah Mitchell (signed), Thomas Toki, Hunter Mattox
LB - Eddie Rudinski, Aaron Porter
CB - Treshon Broughton, Taeon Mason, Darrien Molton
S - Kameron Powell, Shalom Luani (signed)
ST - Matthew Abramo
With this foundation in place, WSU will sign at least a solid class on Wednesday. There are some high-rated prospects among this group with Hilinski, Toki and Mason all rated as 4-star prospects according to Rivals. It's a little light at the skill positions, but WSU may be able to remedy that in the coming days.
Committed but in question (6):
The following players are verbally committed to WSU but weighing other options. Several have received recent offers or taken official visits.
QB - None
RB - None
WR - Deontay Burnett, Dahu Green
OL - Davis Perrott
DL - None
LB - Jonah Moi, Logan Tago
CB - None
S - None
ST - None
Wide receiver is the position to watch here. Burnett took an official to Michigan and is considering WSU, the Wolverines and Arizona State. Green tripped to Oklahoma after receiver an offer. Indiana is also reportedly in the picture. According to Britton, Perrott was scheduled to visit Purdue.
Thomas Toki was in question along the defensive line, but he has recently firmed up his commitment. The Cougars have a tremendous linebacker class committed, if they can keep it. Oregon and TCU are chasing after Moi. He visited Oregon this weekend. WSU sent in the big guns recently with Alex Grinch, Ken Wilson, Joe Salave'a and Roy Manning all taking a trip for an in-home visit.
Tezino appears solid but has drawn some recent interest from Ole Miss. Tago is similar, solid, but being pursued by Oregon State.
Update: Not long after publishing this, Tezino de-committed from WSU and is now considering Kansas, San Diego State, California and UCLA.
Notre Dame showed some recent interest in Kameron Powell, but it doesn't appear the Irish will be a factor.
The following players are still being pursued by WSU. Some have Cougar offers, others don't. A few are current verbal commitments to other schools.
QB - None
RB - Sihiem King, Auston Banks
WR - George Wilson, C.J. Dimry
OL - Darrin Paulo
DL - Carl Granderson, Nnamdi Oguayo, T.J. Fehoko
LB - None
CB - None
S - None
ST - Spencer Pettit
WSU has been interested in adding another RB after Squally Canada transferred. King has several offers and it appears WSU is trailing. Banks could land a late offer if WSU has space when the music stops. Paulo would be a major coup for the Cougars come signing day. He's drawing attention from several Pac-12 schools.
Nnamdi Oguayo appears to be a high target on the defensive line. He's a hybrid DE/OLB who could fill the role of an edge rusher. Fotu Leiato was a target at linebacker before he committed to Oregon.
WSU chased several cornerback prospects late. Scrappy Norman committed to Arizona State, Austin Joyner flipped to Washington, Willie Sykes flipped to Nebraska and Marcus Lewis trimmed WSU from his list. With Mason committing, the Cougars appear set -- even though he could land at WR.
Is this a complete list? Absolutely not. WSU could being pursing other prospects, some of the players above could be receiving interest that hasn't been widely reported. And it is recruiting so the chances of things unexpectedly changing are always high. It is, however, a decent snapshot of what ~ 18 months of recruiting will get you. Now we just have to wait and see how much 48 hours can change it.