Washington State will be adding at least 10 walk-ons later this summer, as CF.C was notified by text that inside wide receiver Ryan Turman would join the program later this Summer. Turman is from Interlake High School in Bellevue and started three seasons while there. He also carries with him some defensive back experience, but likely won’t be switching at this point.
The 10 walk-ons for WSU this Summer will be:
- LS Jerred Sonneborn
- OL Austin Kanouse
- WR Ryan Turman
- WR John Thompson
- WR Leo Simmons III
- QB Luke Falk
- QB Domenic Rockey
- QB Connor Ennis
- LB Austin Rapp
- K Eric Powell
Interestingly enough, there are a few walk-ons who I think might be able to see playing time eventually as a Coug.
Jerrod Sonneborn was brought in as a specialist and generally those kids see playing time early and often. While you often don’t hear these names, locking up the long snapper duties and getting a rapport there with a holder is important and makes him the most likely to make a dent in the special teams rotation for a while. WSU doesn’t have a special teams unit fully entrenched there right yet either, making Sonneborn a prime candidate for PT in 2013.
Like Sonneborn, Eric Powell will have an early shot at playing time in his Cougar career. Of course the legend of Andrew Furney lives on for one last year on the Palouse, but after that you could hear Powell’s name a lot. He’ll likely have to fend off at least one or two more names yet unknown though, as Mike Leach is sure to bring in some more competition over the 2014 recruiting cycle. If I remember correctly, to Powell’s credit he also punts.
The last guy who makes an impression on me is Luke Falk, the big, 6’4″ 210 pound quarterback. He has a nice arm and good mobility, while also having played in a wide open offense in high school. Set a couple single season state records as a senior in Utah and was high on the recruiting radar earlier in his high school career but after he had moved to California, his stock fell and even the great season didn’t change that. I see him battling for the backup role pretty much his entire career and might eventually make a move to FCS to get playing time, unless an unfortunate injury (which has been known to happen) puts him into the lineup.