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2016 WSU football recruiting: A closer look at the Cougars 4 early enrollees

Isaiah Johnson
Isaiah Johnson
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The Washington State football program will officially welcome a whole lot of new faces on Wednesday when the majority of players in the 2016 class sign their paperwork on National Signing Day. Four Cougars have already put pen to paper and are enrolled in classes. They won't be part of fax cam or any signing day party, but they could be four of the most integral members of WSU's 2016 class.

Justus Rogers

Rogers is an interesting prospect who should benefit greatly from the extra few months of development. While he's coming to Pullman as a quarterback initially, where he ultimately plays remains up for consideration. The extra time in the program could help sort that out. At 6'2 and 215 pounds, he has the frame to play all over the field. Quarterback, defensive back and even linebacker could be options down the road. Rogers is an athlete; it's just a matter of finding where he can contribute the most. In a lot of ways, Rogers is Isaac Dotson 2.0.

Rankings

Rivals --€ ★★★
Scout --€” ★★★
247 Sports -- ★★★
ESPN -- ★★★

Measurables (Rivals)

Position -- QB/ATH
Hometown -- Bellevue, WA
Height -- 6'2
Weight -- 215

Highlights

Jalen Thompson

Thompson is another player who could end up on either side of the ball down the road. At 5'11 and 169 pounds, Thompson figures as either an inside receiver or a cornerback. Wherever he lands, he's going to bring speed to WSU's roster and could also be an impact player as a return man. Thompson was one of the first players to commit in the 2016 class and stuck all the way through, despite interest from other programs. The current staff has shown it won't hesitate to play true freshman if they can make and impact and the extra time in the program could help Thompson see the field early.

Rankings

Rivals --€ ★★★
Scout --€” ★★★
247 Sports -- ★★★
ESPN -- ★★★

Measurables (Rivals)

Position -- CB/WR
Hometown -- Downey, Calif.
Height -- 5'11
Weight -- 169

Highlights

Isaiah Johnson

Johnson probably took the most interesting road to Pullman, as the Cougars were the fourth and final program to which he committed. He originally committed to Louisville before jumping to Miami. He then flipped to Florida and remained committed to the Gators for much of the season before making another change. He has a very impressive offer list including Auburn, Florida, Louisville, North Carolina and Mississippi State. Johnson is a big-bodied receiver who will likely line up at the X receiver spot. With Dom Williams graduating, there are plenty of targets available at that spot and Johnson could immediately be in the mix.

Rankings

Rivals --€ ★★★
Scout --€” ★★★
247 Sports -- ★★★
ESPN -- ★★★★

Measurables (Rivals)

Position -- WR
Hometown -- West Palm Beach, FL
Height -- 6'3
Weight -- 190

Highlights

Garrett McBroom

McBroom is one of three currently committed junior college prospects in the class. He has two years to play two, so there is no question he will be in the mix right away. Enrolling early should only help jumpstart that process. He could fit at a couple spots along the defensive line, but there is no question he was able to generate pressure at the JC level. He recorded 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last season. The Cougars have big shoes to fill after losing Destiny Vaeao and Darryl Paulo, and McBroom should be part of the cast that helps do that.

Rankings

Rivals --€ ★★
Scout --€” ★★
247 Sports -- ★★
ESPN -- ★★★

Measurables (Rivals)

Position -- DE
Hometown -- Miami, Okla.
Height -- 6'3
Weight -- 260

Highlights