The early signing period for college football kicks off on Wednesday, and we’ve got a little bit of housekeeping to do here: The Washington State Cougars picked up a pair of commits in the last week that we hadn’t yet written about, so let’s take care of that.
Keyshawn Smith, WR
Not much needed to be said ! I want to thank everyone that supported me during this long process, couldn’t have gotten this far without the help I have had !! Thank you everyone !@WRsSpurrierWSU @JsonCarter pic.twitter.com/8GzkWSLs85— _keyshawn_2 (@_ksmith_5) December 12, 2019
Smith is a mid-level three-star receiver from San Diego, California, whose other most notable offer came from the Tennessee Volunteers; he also holds an offer from every school in the Mountain West. The Cougs offered him at the end of October, while Tennessee offered early this month, perhaps indicating there were some academic issues to work through before bigger programs would come calling.
Standing 6-foot and 165 pounds, Smith took his official visit to WSU on December 6 and made his commitment the following week.
While Smith height makes it seem like he’d profile to inside receiver, his highlight video reveals a player with long strides and good straight-line speed. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if he ended up playing on the outside — after all, Easop Winston Jr. is 6-foot/192 and Calvin Jackson Jr. is 5-10/185. For what it’s worth, Smith lists himself at 175 on his highlight bio.
Rodrick Tialavea, OL
Tialavea is a low-end three-star recruit from Salt Lake City, Utah, who, oddly enough, did not have a reported offer from his hometown university. He did, however, boast offers from the Tennessee Volunteers, Virginia Cavaliers, Arizona Wildcats and Utah State Aggies.
So far, his only official visit has been to WSU — the same weekend as Smith — and he committed last week.
Tialavea is a bit of a unicorn for WSU offensive line recruits: He’s already big! Lately, offensive line coach Mason Miller has trended toward lighter athletes with frames that can fill out with weight in WSU’s strength and nutrition programs, but that’s definitely not the kind of recruit this guy is.
Here are some clips of him mauling smaller people:
If you’d like to see the entire class as it stands, you can do that right here.