Six of the eight prep stars currently committed to Wazzu are ranked in the top 100 of their class at their positions, while all but one are rated at 3-stars. Bellevue, WA product Marcus Griffin is the highest potential Coug at this point in the game with a #27 ranking at defensive tackle. Of course, Griffin has also been rising in the national eye as a top flight recruit at his position, earning a spot at the opening and getting high grades at the prestigious prep camp.
Following Griffin is the second highest ranking kid at his position in Greg Hoyd, a projected outside linebacker out of Murrieta, CA. Hoyd checks in at #47 for OLB’s and has Coug fans excited about the continuing resurgence of the future Cougar linebacking corps.
Calvin Green (#74 out of Sacramento, CA) and Keith Harrington (#100 out of Saint Petersburg, FL) rank pretty well in their respective position of running back, but they’re being recruited by Mike Leach and staff as inherent inside wide receivers, making it tough to gauge their worth at this point. What we do know is that they are explosive playmakers and seem to fit the mold of IWR’s of the new Washington State offensive attack perfectly. Zaire Andre out of Inglewood, CA rounds out the early receiving prospects committed to WSU as the #99 overall wide receiver.
More recently, the Cougs picked up commitments from lanky cornerback prospect Kevin Griffin out of Concord, CA and Tristan Vizcaino, only their second kicker of nearly the last few decades to be given a scholarship opportunity before signing his letter of intent. Griffin ranks as the #72 CB, while Vizcaino doesn’t rank on Scout but is generally regarded as a top flight kicker, ranking out at #16 as a prospect by Chris Sailer Kicking.
Finally, the very first Cougar commitment came from quarterback prospect Peyton Bender, who is the only 2-star at this point and isn’t ranked at his position. Bender has turned a few heads recently and is the type of quarterback who could easily be bumped to 3-stars by mid season, but he hasn’t put up any mind-blowing stats and really hasn’t had a chance to run his team by himself at this point. Needless to say, that’s a big reason for his slow progression in the eyes of recruiting analysts, but he has picked up an offer some time ago by Penn State, so he seems like he could be a highly touted recruit eventually.