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WSU football recruiting: Cougs sign three midyear JUCO prospects, lose one

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WSU added some immediate help at positions of need on the first day of the midyear junior college signing period.

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Washington State officially added the first three prospects of their 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday, which marked the first day of the midyear junior college signing period.

Robert Valencia, a highly touted offensive tackle prospect out of City College of San Francisco, inked his letter of intent along with junior college teammate Easop Winston, a wide receiver who also committed to area recruiter Jim Mastro yesterday.

Valencia, who took an official visit to the Palouse last weekend, picked Washington State over invites from Cal, Utah, Oregon and Texas Tech. Winston, however, flew under the radar, flipping from Eastern Michigan to Washington State on Tuesday.

Both are expected to compete for immediate playing time with Valencia — a four-star recruit rated the No. 18 junior college prospect by Scout.com — pushing Cole Madison and Andre Dillard at both tackle positions. Winston is expected to help fill the massive void left on the outside by Gabe Marks’ graduation.

Sean Harper Jr., a cornerback prospect, was previously expected to sign in February and arrive with the rest of the 2017 recruiting class next summer, however he sent in his letter of intent Wednesday morning and will be in Pullman next month.

As you may recall, Harper previously signed with WSU in the 2015 class, but was unable to qualify. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, Harper’s primary recruiter dating back to his Missouri days, stuck with the talented defensive back, and it certainly paid off.

Valencia, Winston and Harper will each have three years to play two at WSU.

Another massive offensive tackle prospect, George Moore, was expected to sign with the Cougars today and arrive in January, however it appears that plans have changed, according to a Rivals.com report.

No longer able to enroll early, Moore announced on Twitter moments ago that he is de-committing, leaving WSU with five offensive linemen committed for 2017.

The remaining junior college prospect in the Cougars’ 2017 class is Preston Hendry, a defensive end out of Orange Coast College, who is expected to sign in February. He’s rated the No. 54 junior college prospect by Scout.

Note: Washington State brought in Riverside City College (Calif.) linebacker Nick Underwood for an official visit last weekend, but he signed with Maryland today. According to a source, WSU backed off Underwood following the official visit.

2017 WSU Football Commits

Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via Scout) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via Scout) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
YES Isaiah Love CB ✯✯✯ 0.8218 5-11/165 8/24/2015 West Covina CA Link Greyshirted as a member of the '16 class.
NO Dontae Powell OL ✯✯✯ 0.8817 6-7/305 4/2/2016 Richland WA Link Ranked #6 OT prospect in West by Scout.
YES Connor Neville QB ✯✯✯ 0.8652 6-2/195 4/2/2016 Wilsonville OR Link Ranked #15 QB in country by Rivals.
YES George Hicks CB ✯✯✯ 0.8438 6-0/180 6/22/2016 San Bernardino CA Link Picked WSU over Boise State offer.
YES Alec Kuzmack OL ✯✯✯ 0.8394 6-5/285 7/11/2016 Eagle ID Link Top ranked offensive line prospect in ID.
YES Anthony White Jr. WR ✯✯✯ 0.8500 6-1/170 8/1/2016 Miami FL Link Ranked #6 ATH in FL by Scout.
YES Zaire Webb CB ✯✯✯ 0.8234 5-10/165 8/1/2016 Neptune Beach FL Link Webb will enroll early at WSU.
YES Abraham Lucas OL ✯✯✯ 0.8716 6-8/260 8/3/2016 Everett WA Link Ranked #3 OT in WA by Scout.
NO Kelle Sanders DE ✯✯✯ 0.8451 6-5/230 8/13/2016 Olympia WA Link Ranked #2 DE in WA by Scout.
YES Damion Lee S ✯✯✯ 0.8206 6-1/180 10/6/2016 Palm Springs CA Link One of the fastest 100m times in CA.
YES Faavae Faavae LB ✯✯✯ 0.8478 6-1/210 10/21/2016 Santa Ana CA Link Bouncing back from an ACL tear.
YES Josh Talbott S ✯✯✯ 0.8605 6-0/175 11/15/2016 Long Beach CA Link Ranked #7 safety in West by Scout.
YES Preston Hendry DE ✯✯✯ 0.8470 6-5/235 11/21/2016 Costa Mesa CA Link Rated #54 JUCO by Scout.
YES Sean Harper Jr. CB ✯✯✯ 0.8210 6-2/185 11/30/2016 Goodman MS Link Originally signed with WSU in 2015 class.
YES Cole Dubots LB ✯✯✯ 0.8273 6-1/185 12/11/2016 Murietta CA Link Speedy RB will play LB under Grinch.
YES Robert Valencia OL ✯✯✯ 0.8687 6-6/295 12/13/2016 San Francisco CA Link Rated 4-stars and #18 JUCO prospect by Scout.
YES Easop Winston WR ✯✯✯ 0.8458 5-11/185 12/13/2016 San Francisco CA Link Scored 24 TD in 2 years at CCSF.
YES Caleb Perry RB ✯✯✯ 0.8472 5-9/170 1/5/17 Seattle WA Link Rated #30 all-purpose back by 247.
YES Christian Mejia DE ✯✯✯ 0.8004 6-3/220 1/13/2017 Kailua HI Rated #13 prospect in Haiwaii by 247
YES Dominick Silvels DB ✯✯✯ 0.8306 6-3/190 1/17/17 San Diego CA Link Played at same school as Dezmon Patmon.
YES Dallas Hobbs DE ✯✯ 0.7930 6-6/240 1/21/2017 Cedar Rapids IA Link All-New England Defensive Player of the Year.
YES Devontavean Martin WR ✯✯✯ 0.8080 6-4/180 1/22/17 Houma LA Link Two-sport star previously committed to Toledo.
YES Willie Rodgers DE ✯✯✯ 0.8377 6-5/230 1/24/2017 Highlands Ranch CO Link Rated #13 DE in West by Scout.
YES Willie Taylor III LB ✯✯ 0.7692 6-4/210 1/24/2017 Cochran GA Link Rated #213 overall ATH by 247.
YES Jonathan Nathaniel OL ✯✯✯ 0.8496 6-4.5/250 1/29/17 Chandler AZ Link Chose WSU over Arizona
YES Travell Harris WR ✯✯ 0.7842 5-9/170 2/1/17 Tampa FL Link Averaged over 24 yards per touch as a senior
YES Jamire Calvin WR ✯✯✯✯ 0.8923 5-10/160 2/1/2017 Los Angeles CA Link Ranked #5 prospect in California by Scout.