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WSU signs Jimmy Price, Nicholas Sheetz on National Signing Day

Just a couple of signings for the Cougars, who did the bulk of their work in the early period.

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

It’s the first Wednesday in February, which means it’s National Signing Day! Only, with the advent of the early signing period in December, this day has taken on a lot less meaning for programs like the Washington State Cougars.

Mike Leach already signed 20 players before the Alamo Bowl, and as I type this at 8 a.m. PT, the Cougs have already received the two letters of intent they were expecting. So, barring a surprise, today’s work is already done.

But you never know!

Signed Today

Nicholas Sheetz was added to the class on Super Bowl Sunday. He’s a low-three-star defensive end who will be coming across the country from South Carolina. His best offer was probably a preferred walk-on spot with Georgia, but he also held scholarship offers from the Air Force Falcons and a slew of FCS schools. He fills a need in the class, which is low on defensive linemen in general. While his rating won’t blow you away and is likely based on his potential as a rusher, it wouldn’t shock me at all if the coaching staff was looking to blow him up another 30 pounds and play him in the interior.

Jimmy Price also fills a need in this class. After WSU lost previous commitments from Dontae Powell (who will now sign with Portland State) and Hunter Hill (who now appears to be choosing between the USC Trojans and Utah State Aggies), the Cougs went the junior college route to add a fourth offensive lineman to the class. He is also a low-three-star recruit and has three years to play two, choosing WSU over the Arizona State Sun Devils.

What about Gage Gubrud?

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

As was reported yesterday, erstwhile Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud — who would reportedly like to continue his career as a graduate transfer at WSU — appears to have been denied a sixth year of eligibility.

However, Gubrud is appealing the decision. And since WSU has allocated only 23 of its 25 “initial” scholarships — the 22 players who have signed plus one “blueshirt,” offensive lineman Hunter Mayginnes, who joined the team last fall as an unrecruited player and will count against this class — the Cougars appear to be holding a couple of scholarships open.

If Gubrud has a successful appeal, it can be assumed that one will go to him. The other ... who knows? Guys become available through transfer or through qualifying late. This gives them a little bit of flexibility. Once upon a time, Tavares Martin Jr. was added in May. That worked out pretty well for a few years!

Previously signed

Here’s a table of the entire class, including the two who signed today. If you’re looking for video highlights of the players who signed, you can find that here.

2019 WSU football recruiting commitments

Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value NLI received? Enrolled Early? Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value NLI received? Enrolled Early? Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Travion Brown LB ✯✯✯ 0.8748 YES NO 6-3/215 10/2/18 Temecula CA Link Rated four stars by 247sports evaluators
Jamir Thomas RB ✯✯✯ 0.8676 YES NO 6-1/215 11/27/18 Massillon OH Link Ranked as a LB, converted to RB as a senior
Gunner Cruz QB ✯✯✯ 0.8607 YES YES 6-4.5/215 5/31/18 Queen Creek AZ Link Threw for 5700 yards and 70 TDs as soph/jr
Bryce Beekman DB ✯✯✯ 0.8582 YES YES 6-2/190 11/20/18 Yuma AZ Link Teammate of OL commit Dontae Powell
Jouvensly Bazile RB ✯✯✯ 0.8540 YES NO 5-10/180 6/28/18 Naples FL Link Has reportedly clocked 10.98 in 100 meters
Patrick Utschinski OL ✯✯✯ 0.8537 YES NO 6-7/280 9/10/18 Walla Walla WA Link Rated four stars by 247sports evaluators
Konner Gomness OL ✯✯✯ 0.8532 YES NO 6-4/270 9/29/18 Fresno CA Link Reported offer from Louisville and lots of midmajors
Billy Pospisil WR ✯✯✯ 0.8463 YES YES 5-11/190 2/16/18 Arvada CO Attends same high school as 2018 signee Max Borghi
Armauni Archie DB ✯✯✯ 0.8456 YES NO 6-1/175 10/12/18 El Cerrito CA Link Chose WSU over an offer from Nebraska
Derrick Langford DB ✯✯✯ 0.8448 YES YES 6-2/185 11/15/18 San Francisco CA Link Juco who has four to play three
Tyler Garay-Harris DL ✯✯✯ 0.8444 YES NO 6-5/230 11/4/18 Oakland CA Link Offers from Utah and ASU
Donovan Ollie WR ✯✯✯ 0.8431 YES NO 6-3/205 10/15/18 Wylie TX Link Chose WSU over Iowa State and Utah
Peni Naulu LB ✯✯✯ 0.8423 YES NO 6-1/210 9/6/18 Kapolei HI Link Other offers: UW, Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Nebraska
Cosmas Kwete DL ✯✯✯ 0.8418 YES NO 6-3/220 11/5/18 Phoenix AZ Link Inexperienced player, specialized in Rugby
Daniel Isom DB ✯✯✯ 0.8407 YES YES 5-10/180 11/8/18 Council Bluffs IA Link Played as a true freshman for NIU before transfer
Rocky Katoanga LB ✯✯✯ 0.8366 YES YES 6-2/205 2/6/18 Oceanside CA Grayshirted
Jimmy Price OL ✯✯✯ 0.8306 YES NO 6-5/295 1/26/19 Houston TX Link Picked WSU over Arizona State
Shahman Moore DB ✯✯✯ 0.8267 YES YES 6-0/170 12/20/18 El Segundo CA Link Two years of eligibility remaining
Ma'ake Fifita OL ✯✯✯ 0.8154 YES NO 6-5/250 12/16/18 Snohomish WA Link Staff targeted him as a center
Gatlin Grisso DB ✯✯✯ 0.8072 YES YES 6-1/185 6/23/17 Aubrey TX Link Grayshirted
Nicholas Sheetz DL ✯✯✯ 0.8072 YES NO 6-3/253 2/3/19 Greenwood SC Link Lightly recruited; offered PWO by Georgia
Simon Samarzich LS ✯✯✯ 0.8043 YES NO 6-0/200 6/8/18 Upland CA Rated the top long snapper in the country
Gage Gubrud QB NA YES YES 6-2/205 1/26/19 Cheney WA Link Grad transfer from EWU