Oct 12, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach with linebacker Tana Pritchard (33) during the first half against the Oregon State Beavers at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Washington State has recently been getting a mixed bag of news when it comes to recruiting happenings, but this weekend is a huge opportunity for more good news as the Cougs host several prospects of interest. As always, this list is fluid until the weekend actually comes.
Cottondale, AL CB Patrick Porter, Saint Petersburg, FL RB/WR Keith Harrington and Alameda, CA CB Sulaiman Hameed. Interesting notes include Porter having just committed to the Cougars Friday while Hameed did the same earlier in the week. All are 3-star prospects and Porter is under the radar because he is tucked away in the suburbs of Tuscaloosa, leading to a 2-star ranking on Scout. Make no mistake, he’s a legitimate prospect at CB and had the offer sheet to prove it. Harrington has been a long-time Cougar commit and while he had a tough season on a team that lost its OC and 6 starters to transfer, he himself had a huge day in a recent all-star game.
- 3-star DE Patrick Choudja: Final four of WSU, Nevada, Boise State and Fresno State. Out of Oakley, CA, Choudja is another DE that could be looked at for a BUCK role in Mike Breske’s defense. Good speed at 6’4, 230 lbs and on the rise a bit. 14 sacks and 81 total tackles in 2013.
- 3-star JC OT Dominique Robertson: Nobody’s heard about this kid yet but he fits the Mike Leach bill when it comes to offensive tackles. 6’5, 315 lbs and played with 2013 transfer Jacob Seydel at Riverside CC. The Arizona’s, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Fresno State all want this kid. With the losses up front for WSU, he could come in and make an immediate impact
- 3-star WR Barry Ware: This kid is 6’3, 205 and would most definitely cement a terrific recruiting class at WR. Ware was committed to UCLA for a long time but after he decommitted the Cougs have been hot on the trail. Also a kid that could become a safety in the Lamont Thompson mold.
- 3-star OT Isaiah Holland: Scout shows this kid as not having any interest in WSU, but the fact that he’s visiting says something. Don’t be surprised if this kid doesn’t show up though, the Cougs are already 5-deep on OL commits and looking at McGary and Robertson as possible last fits. Also, he just committed to Army, perhaps realizing spots were full at Wazzu?
- NR WR Marcus Davis: Out of Canada, Davis could be the ultimate sleeper pickup for WSU. He is 5’10, 180 and runs a sub-4.4 40 which makes him a prime candidate to walk-on and eventually contribute somewhere.
- 3-star JC WR Sam Boyd: We aren’t sure if Boyd is officially on his way, but according to Britton Ransford the Cougs are hosting two big WR’s this weekend and besides Ware, Boyd is one of only two logical choices we can come up with. He is a monstrous 6’4, 235 and is a player out of Riverside CC, which has been a recruiting hot-bed for Leach and Co. the last couple years.
- 3-star TE/WR Brayden Lenius: The other logical choice for a “big WR” visitor this weekend and if not this weekend, next. He is scheduled according to Scout as a visitor on the 24th, but we know that he picked up a recent offer from Miami (FL) and may have moved around some dates to fit them in. Lenius is 6’5, 195 and may see himself as a better fit in Miami. Expect him to receive some attention when he does come to campus however, as he possesses a unique size and skill set that Leach would love to add.