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WSU announces signing of Gage Gubrud, who will practice in the spring

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The Eastern Washington graduate transfer won his appeal for a sixth year of eligibility.

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

The graduate transfer of former Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud to the Washington State Cougars is now officially on, as the school announced this morning via Twitter that Gubrud had been added to the 2019 recruiting class.

It had been reported that Gubrud had initially been denied a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA — he missed most of this past season season with an injury — but he has won his appeal for a medical hardship waiver and will join the chase this summer to replace Gardner Minshew II as the Cougars’ starting quarterback.

There’s also more good news for the Cougars: According to the school, Gubrud has already earned his bachelor’s degree and is enrolling at WSU immediately, which means he will be eligible to participate in spring practices.

“We are excited for Gage to come in and compete with the quarterbacks on our team,” Mike Leach said via news release. “He is an extremely experienced and productive player who led Eastern Washington to great heights in his time there. It’s not often that you can add a quarterback to your roster that has started 28 games and thrown for nearly 10,000 yards. We are looking forward to getting him on campus and finishing his collegiate career in a WSU Cougar uniform.”

Gubrud had an excellent career at EWU; in addition to all those yards, he threw for 87 touchdowns and 8.6 yards per attempt, also adding more than 1,000 rushing yards. He’ll be joining a crowded quarterback competition that will likely feature redshirt seniors Trey Tinsley and Anthony Gordon (each of whom might have been the starter had something happened to Minshew) and redshirt freshman Cammon Cooper, WSU’s most heralded QB recruit under Mike Leach. Perhaps Connor Neville, John Bledsoe or incoming freshman Gunner Cruz can work their way into that mix, but it’s considered unlikely.

One other interesting thing about that tweet — it says Gubrud is the “final piece” of the 2019 class. By our count, WSU still has a scholarship to give. Maybe there’s some accounting going on that we don’t know about (for example, Oscar Draguicevich III has reportedly been given a scholarship, and sometimes giving a walk-on a scholarship counts against the initial 25 scholarships that can be given in a year), or maybe whoever’s running the social media account just phrased it badly.

Whatever the case, here’s the incoming class as we know it:

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