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Late signing day 2018 is here! What to expect for WSU

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The Cougs could receive up to six letters.

NCAA Football: Montana State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The first Wednesday of February used to be one of the most exciting days on the calendar for a college football fan. Now, thanks to the new early signing period in December, what once was the official “national signing day” is now a day for most teams to fill out their class with a handful of recruits at positions of need.

Such is the position in which the Washington State Cougars find themselves heading into what is now the late signing period. WSU signed 19 players shortly before Christmas, then added another junior college player to bring the number of signings to 20 — or, 80 percent of the scholarships WSU can offer in any given year.

That means WSU has a limited number of spots remaining, and we have a pretty good idea of who’s going to fill those slots. Four players are committed and unsigned:

Edit, 8:10 a.m.: All four have already sent in their letters. Woo!

That means WSU has one (or two; we’ll get to that in a second) spot(s) left. It looks like there’s a really good chance that last scholarship goes to three-star defensive back Kahlef Hailassie out of Elk Grove, California. He’s choosing between the Cougs and the Florida Atlantic Owls, and all six of 247sports’ experts predict he’ll pick WSU.

It’s also likely WSU ends up signing a 26th player to this class, as Cougfan.com is reporting that the NCAA has granted WSU a little recruiting relief in the wake of Tyler Hilinski’s death. Cougfan seems to think the WSU staff will hold that scholarship in its pocket and pursue a transfer quarterback who would be eligible immediately, given the dearth of experience among the remaining quarterbacks on the roster. A well-known target ($) is Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens, a graduate transfer who would have two years of eligibility. But don’t expect that to get resolved tomorrow.

In addition to those four or five players, you’ll probably also see three-star linebacker Rocky Katoanga — who committed to WSU on Tuesday — hold a signing ceremony on Wednesday, but he told Cougfan ($) he’s going to grayshirt after undergoing a medical procedure on one of his knees. Three-star defensive back Gatlin Grisso, who held a signing ceremony in December, is expected to join him in enrolling in January 2019.

Oh, and Cougfan also is reporting one-time California Golden Bears and current Riverside CC wide receiver Drew Kobayashi, who committed on Monday, will come to school as a preferred walk-on, so he’s not being included in the table below.

So, here’s the class as it stands now. We’ll update this chart as letters arrive on Wednesday, and also post any relevant news as it breaks. Also feel free to use this post as your hub for signing day related discussion in the comments.

Go Cougs!

WSU Football 2018 Recruiting Class

Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
YES Rodrick Fisher WR ✯✯✯✯ 0.8947 6-2/193 5/10/17 Spokane WA Link Led state in 100-m (10.46) and 200-m (21.26) in 2017
YES Cammon Cooper QB ✯✯✯✯ 0.8917 6-4/202 5/29/17 Lehi UT Link First Elite 11 QB in more than a decade
YES Drue Jackson WR ✯✯✯ 0.8763 6-1/186 10/27/17 Sachse TX Link Rated 4-star by Scout, Rivals
YES Max Borghi RB ✯✯✯ 0.8731 5-10/195 6/29/17 Arvada CO Link Multipurpose back flipped from Colorado
YES Halid Djibril S ✯✯✯ 0.8672 6-2/185 12/20/17 Los Angeles CA Link Picked WSU over USC and OSU.
YES D'Angelo McKenzie DB ✯✯✯ 0.8614 6-0/180 10/24/17 San Jose CA Link Holds offers from Notre Dame, UCLA
YES Kassidy Woods WR ✯✯✯ 0.8609 6-2/200 11/22/17 Addison TX Link No. 136 receiver nationally
YES Blake McDonald OL ✯✯✯ 0.8601 6-4.5/295 2/3/18 Danville CA Link No. 31 OG in country via 247, orig UCLA commit
YES Cade Beresford OL ✯✯✯ 0.8601 6-7/250 9/25/17 Woodinville WA Link Offers from UCLA, Nebraska
YES Brandon Gray WR ✯✯✯ 0.8600 6-5/172 7/29/17 Detroit MI Link No. 3 receiver in Michigan
YES Brennan Jackson DL ✯✯✯ 0.8519 6-4/225 7/13/17 Temecula CA Link Rated the No. 3 DE prospect in CA by Scout
YES RJ Stone DL ✯✯✯ 0.8685 6-4/215 12/11/17 San Jose CA Link Picked WSU over Arizona State
YES Tyrese Ross DB ✯✯✯ 0.8464 6-1/187 2/2/18 Jacksonville FL Link Flipped from Mississippi State
YES Kedron Williams DB ✯✯✯ 0.8497 6-1/192 5/3/17 Bellflower CA Link Recruited by Roy Manning
YES Ahmir Crowder DL ✯✯✯ 0.8485 6/3-280 10/16/17 Los Angeles CA Link Offers from Vandy and Purdue
YES Patrick Nunn ATH ✯✯✯ 0.8477 6-3/206 8/20/17 San Mateo CA Link Could play WR or DB
NO Rocky Katoanga LB ✯✯✯ 0.8366 6-2/205 2/6/18 Oceanside CA Will grayshirt
YES Myles Green-Richards DB ✯✯✯ 0.8364 6-1/175 7/6/17 Eugene OR Link Clocked a 4.52 laser-timed 40
YES Jonathan Lolohea DL ✯✯✯ 0.8461 6-3/310 11/22/17 Lahaina HI Link Juco from Copiah-Lincoln CC in Mississippi
YES Kendrick Catis LB ✯✯✯ 0.8394 6-1/228 12/20/17 Deerfield Beach FL Link No. 4 inisde linebacker in JUCO.
YES Syr Riley OL ✯✯✯ 0.8315 6-3/323 10/2/17 Palisades CA Link Offers from Cal and Navy
YES Calvin Jackson Jr. WR ✯✯✯ 0.8208 5-10/170 4/12/17 Pompano Beach FL Link Juco transfer
YES Jarrett Kingston DL ✯✯✯ 0.8181 6-5/250 8/9/17 Anderson CA Link First team All CIF Northern Section as a DE
NO Gatlin Grisso DB ✯✯✯ 0.8072 6-1/185 6/23/17 Aubrey TX Link Expected to grayshirt
YES Keenan Forbes OL ✯✯✯ 0.8345 6-3/310 1/18/18 Hollywood FL Link Three to play three; rating is from H.S. eval
YES Misi Aiolupotea-Pei DL ✯✯✯ 0.8000 6-3/250 2/4/18 Riverside CA Link Juco has only played football for 2 years
YES Gardner Minshew QB N/A N/A 6-2/216 3/20/18 Brandon MS Link Graduate transfer from East Carolina
YES Lamonte McDougle DL N/A N/A 5-11/295 5/16/18 Deerfield Beach FL Link Transfer from WVU will be eligible in 2019
YES Chad Davis Jr. DB N/A N/A 6-2/200 5/18/18 Daytona Beach FL Juco transfer