Wednesday, February 04, 2009

And So it Begins...

Updated at 2:30 PM 2/4. Brandon Rankin has faxed in the LOI. The class is basically done. Per coach Rasmussen at the WSUCougars.com chat, which is flipping GREAT btw, we are likely waiting on one more and that will be it. Turn on those fax machines and get ready. Today is the day we've been waiting for, signing day 2009. Finally the talk of verbals and soft verbals, visits and hand-written notes, etc, it all comes to a head today. We will finally see, first hand, the fruits of the WSU staff's labor for the last year+.

While we have said all along to not get TOO jacked about this stuff, as well as not putting all your hopes and dreams into recruiting rankings, a Coug fan can't help but feel some excitement for today. After all, this is Wulff and company's first "true" class, a class that they have had a full year or more to put together. While last year should be considered a commendable effort by the coaches, remember they had less than two months to pull it off. But this class is the full-meal deal.

There were some late-breaking commits in the last two days, including a FOUR STAR JC defensive end named Brandon Rankin. Rankin had an amazing 24 SACKS last year, and finally chose WSU over LSU, Oregon State, Louisville and NC State. Rankin is the second four-star player in the class, along with WR Gino Simone. WILL there be another surprise or two today? You never know.

WSU's official signing day central is going to have the most up-to-date coverage available, and you can check that out here. They look like they will be all over it today, as well as hosting a chat with recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen, and you can get that here.

We will update the second page of this post throughout the day once the letter of intent faxes are officially announced by the school. We will try to give you something a little different on each kid who signs, complete with links, stats, pics and/or video for every recruit, so check back when you can. Enjoy the day, and GO COUGS!


Name: Terrel Thompson
Position: MLB (running back in high school)
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Ht/Wt: 6-2, 215
Speed: not available
Scout.com rating: 1 star (*not yet fully evaluated)
Rivals.com rating: Not listed
ESPN.com rating: 40 (not yet evaluated)
Video: Click here for ESPN.com highlight.


Name: Jeff Tuel
Position: QB
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 207
Speed: 4.6 40-time
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 2 stars
Espn.com rating: 72
Video:


Name: Justin Clayton
Position: DT
Hometown: Napa, CA
Ht/Wt: 6-4, 250
Speed: not listed
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 2 stars
Espn.com rating: 40 (not yet evaluated)


Name: Casey Locker
Position: Safety
Hometown: Ferndale, WA
Ht/Wt: 5-11, 175
Speed: 4.5 40-time
Key Stats: First team all-conference on offense and defense.
Scout.com rating: 2 stars
Rivals.com rating: 2 stars
Espn.com rating: 72
Video: Check it here from ESPN.


Name: Andre Barrington
Position: LB
Hometown: Federal Way, WA
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 205
Speed: 4.5 40-time
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
Espn.com rating: 68
Video: Check here from ESPN.


Name:
Asi Hosea
Position:
DB
Hometown:
Salt Lake City, UT
Ht/Wt:
5-10, 178
Speed:
not listed
Scout.com rating: 2 stars
Rivals.com rating: 2 stars
ESPN.com rating: 75
Video: Check here from ESPN.


Name: Darren Markle
Position: MLB
Ht/WT: 6-1, 232
Speed: 4.59 40
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 76
Video:


Name: Sekope Kaufusi
Position: LB
Ht/WT: 6-4, 230
Speed: 4.7 40
Scout.com rating: 2 stars
Rivals.com rating: 2 stars
ESPN.com rating: 40 (not yet evaluated)

Video:


Name: Sebastian Valenzuela
Position: OG
Ht/WT: 6-2, 315
Speed: 5.3 40-time
Scout.com rating: 2 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 76

Name:
Chris Mastin
Position:
DE/LB
Ht/WT:
6-2, 210
Speed:
4.7 40-time
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 2 stars
ESPN.com rating: 75

Name:
Nolan Washington
Position:
CB
Ht/WT:
5-11, 175
Speed:
4.46 40-time
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 76
Video: Check the ESPN video here.


Name:
Anthony Carpenter
Position:
Safety
Ht/WT:
6-1, 185
Speed:
4.4 40-time
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 75


Name:
Jamal Atofau
Position:
Safety
Ht/WT:
5-10, 185
Speed:
4.55 40-time
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 40 (not fully evaluated)

Name:
Carl Winston
Position:
Running Back
Ht/WT:
5-9, 205
Speed:
4.49 40-time
Scout.com rating: 2 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
Espn.com rating: 70
Video: Check ESPN here.


Name:
William Prescott
Position:
Offensive tackle
Ht/WT:
6-5, 280
Speed:
5.2 40-time
Scout.com rating: 2 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 75

Name:
Arthur Burns
Position:
Running back
Ht/WT:
5-11, 212
Speed:
4.46 40-time
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 72


Name:
Gino Simone
Position: WR
Ht/WT: 6-0, 175
Speed: 4.6 40-time
Scout.com rating: 4 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 74
Video:



Name: Quayshawne Buckley
Position: DL/OL (but likely o-line at WSU)
Ht/WT: 6-4, 285
Speed: 5.2 40-time
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 75


Name:
Travis Long
Position:
DE/TE
Ht/WT:
6-5, 244
Speed:
4.78 40-time
Scout.com rating: 3 stars
Rivals.com rating: 3 stars
ESPN.com rating: 70
Video: Check it out at ESPN here.


Name:
Jordan Pu-u-Robinson
Position:
TE/DE
Ht/WT:
6-4, 248
Speed:
4.9 40-time
Scout.com rating:
2 stars
Rivals.com rating:
2 stars
ESPN.com rating:
40 (not yet evaluated)


4 comments:

BH said...

Rankin is just a huge get in my book. HUGE.

Hell, given what we went through last year, ALL of them are huge gets.

But Rankin alone shot us up about 10 slots in the Rivals rankings. We were sitting at about 41 or so last night, which I think was in the ballpark with the Quack.

The main thing about the Rankin signing is that it foreshadows what I've been hearing all over the place down here: This group has MAJOR inroads in Northern California. And I'm talking MAJOR.

Hold on tight. If this class holds, we will have completed the TRANSITION year that Hootie talked about at the beginning of last year...

Great job by Coach Paul and staff.

Great job..

Anonymous said...

Who is the one we are waiting on being that Rankin is in? Sorry if it is a no brainer...

Sedihawk said...

Good question. There was speculation it was Rankin's JC WR teammate, but he ended up signing with Iowa State today. But Rasmussen stated in the chat that they were waiting for two more, most likely, and then Rankin's came down. So who knows!

Soze said...

Just returned from Northern Quest casino from the NLI Signing Day party. Definitely a great time and something I will return to next year. Looks like a great class, most of the guys completely dominated the high school level (which is expected in the Pac-10) but I've seen "highlight" videos in the past of guys, where you couldn't even tell who the recruit was.

Some highlights of the videos (for me at least) were definitely Quayshawne Buckley on the OL who was tossing people around like rag dolls, Carl Winston (I believe that is who is was) who was running around stiff-arming smaller guys to the ground and juking bigger guys out of their shoes and Jamal Atofau who looks like he delivers a concussion with each hit. Lastly, hopefully Rankin gets his academics in order, because he looks like a special player on the DE spot.

I would "guesstimate" a few hundred people, maybe 500 in attendance (I'm not good at guessing attendance figures)? Quote of the night was definitely about the Cougs not having a good year, but "someone else finished in last place in the Pac-10."

Definitely looking forward to 2009 and 2010 with these kids.