Finally the drama has come to an end, and the talk of official visits, verbal commitments, offers, etc can take a back seat as Signing Day is over. A total of 24 players yesterday have signed their letter of intent and have faxed it to Pullman stating that they’ll be taking their collective talent to the Palouse for the next four to five years.
Overall Leach and staff got their players yesterday and it is an exciting day to be a Cougar when you look at this recruiting class. There were the terrifying horrors that 4-star quarterback Tyler Bruggman was about to flip on WSU and commit to Arizona State, but in the end the quarterback knew that this was the place for him. Bruggman made the right choice to go crimson and gray because of the Air-Raid offense that Leach runs and the massive opportunities that he’ll have to throw the ball.
Another player that was border line on the fence between staying or backing out on WSU was defensive end, Gerald Sterling from Alabama. Sterling also knew that WSU was the right fit for him and ended up signing his LOI. Leach scored big time with this player because of his ability to get off the ball and rush the quarterback so quickly. Other than those two players, there wasn’t any drama with the other twenty-two players signing.
Looking at this class, this is a solid class that Mike Leach was able to pull in and deserves a round of an applause. The Cougars have the 39th best recruiting class in the country this year, and it’s only Leach’s first full year of recruiting. Former WSU head coach Paul Wulff never came to close to where Leach is now with the recruiting game.
Obviously it’s great that the prized jewel of this WSU recruiting class, Tyler Bruggman signed, but I’m excited to see what these other players bring to the stage. Even though most players are three and two star prospects, they’re players that can come in and make an impact because they fit Leach’s system.
Players like Vince Mayle, and Daquawn Brown will get their opportunity this upcoming season and help this Cougars football team.
This is a great start for Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars with recruiting. In the next two to three years, many of these players will be seeing the field and have the opportunity to lead WSU to a bowl game and success. Which will translate to more solid recruits faxing in their signed letters of intent to Pullman; declaring to be Cougar.
–Evan Baron (Follow Me on Twitter: @BaselineBaron09)