WSU Recruiting Roundup: Tracks in trenches

WSU Recruiting Roundup: Tracks in trenches

WITH 17 known verbals in Mike Leach's 2013 haul, what's left for the Cougars in recruiting between now and Signing Day? Plenty, as it turns out. For starters, CF.C has a new projection on the needs and numbers for Washington State's 2013 recruiting class..

CF.C projects Washington State to take a full boat of 25 in the upcoming class. Previous projections called for 21 but that was before four reserves who were on scholarship departed in mid-October.

The recruiting focus from now until Signing Day figures to remain on linemen but the numbers have changed and there a few things to keep in mind:

The additional slots means other positions can come into play. WSU will still prioritize getting their o- and d-linemen, but they now have added flexibility beyond the trenches.

WSU will not take 25 just to fill up – if they don't see the talent they want as the recruiting road winds through to February's Signing Day, they will almost certainly bank those spots for a post-signing day addition or for a mid-year addition the following January. Other factors that can come into play are if signees fail to qualify and the potential for grayshirts.

Perhaps most importantly - even if WSU is well stocked at a position, or on the overall numbers as the weeks and months unfold, they won't pass up a top target who wants to come to WSU – they'll find room to fit him in.

With all that said, Mike Leach is making tracks in trenches since he said on Oct. 22 that he planned to take seven o-linemen in the 2013 class, two of them potentially of the junior college variety. Leach landed a pair of prep o-linemen in the 10 days after he made the remark in Spokane.

Washington STATE HAS 17 known commits in the 2013 class: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 3 OL, 2 DE*, 1 OLB, 1 MLB, 2 S, 1 CB, 1ATH**, 1 DT
*CF.C has slotted Cole Madison as a defensive end. He could also end up as an OL or possibly a slot receiver/h-back. Scout.com classified him as a tight end. **Jamal Morrow could play CB, RB or inside receiver.

Assuming Madison lines up at d-end, WSU has three prep o-line verbals – OT Cody O'Connell, OG Matt Meyer and C/G Carlos Freeman. The number grows to four with holdover B.J. Salmonson expected to arrive in January.

Among the junior college o-line targets are Jacob Seydel, who recently told CF.C's Braulio Perez he has WSU tied at the top and Mitchell Bell, a soft verbal to Arkansas who also has WSU tied at the top of his leaderboard. A junior college coach also recently told CF.C about another JUCO prospect, a verbal to another school who is planning a trip to WSU. We haven't been able to reach him yet but we'll let you know when we do.

By the way, there's another holdover expected to arrive in January with Salmonson – wide receiver Robert Lewis. Through text message, he told CF.C on Friday that he's stayed in close contact with the WSU coaches and plans to be at Wazzu after the calendar turns to 2013. He said he's right around 155 pounds these days. He was 140 pounds his senior season.

The early-early official visit list for next weekend lists three – WR Sebastian LaRue, CB Daquawn Brown and LB/DL Jeff Camilli. Larue and Brown are highly sought, with multiple Pac-12 offers. Larue is a soft verbal to USC. He visited WSU this summer unofficially and told Scout.com's Greg Biggins this week on the subject of WSU: "They have been recruiting me harder than anyone."

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