2017 Washington State Cougars Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Washington State Cougars Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Class to be updated and adjusted on Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Washington State Cougars Recruiting Class Overview
It’s another big class for Mike Leach, and it’s continuing to address a defense that made huge strides forward last season. The pass rushers are coming in, with JUCO transfer Preston Hendry a dangerous end who can add to the depth right away, while Kelle Sanders and Willie Rogers look the part with the frame to beef up into tough all-around defenders. Leach is always trying to recruit guy who fit his systems, but more and more, he’s getting the better athletes and prospects with other options. No, he’s not getting the four and five-star types, but there’s almost no wasted motion in the players he’s bringing in.
The Washington State Cougars Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive backs. The offensive line is getting a ton of help, and there are a few nice skill players to throw into the equation, but it’s the defensive backfield that’s getting the most key parts. There’s a deep group of corners to go along with the help on the line – again, the pass rush is beefing things up. With all of the nasty Pac-12 passing games to deal with, Wazzu is making sure it has options to develop for a few years from now. There might not be and elite prospects for the secondary, but it’s getting the numbers.
The Star of the Washington State Cougars Class Is …
QB Connor Neville, 6-2, 215, Wilsonville, OR – He might not have the size, the bulk, or the frame to be a pro-style bomber, but he’s a different sort of prospect for Mike Leach to work with. With an interesting mix of scrambling ability and a big-time arm, there’s a chance he could add a different dimension for the Cougars if he can get the offensive style down to go along with his other skills.
The Washington State Cougars Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Offensive line interior. The Cougars are loaded with veterans across the board with what should be Leach’s best team yet, but it has to replace two key cogs on the offensive line. The tackles should be set, and getting Cody O’Connell back for his senior year was a coup, but Eduardo Middleton was a solid right guard and Riley Sorenson a more than competent center.