The 2018 Washington State Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Washington State Recruiting Class Overview
It’s a stronger class than last year’s, with Mike Leach doing a nice job of upgrading the defense and boosting up the defensive interior.
Why has Wazzu been able to get so much stronger defensively? The tackles have been terrific, and he’s getting three more good ones in this class starting with Syr Riley out of California.
There’s not a whole lot for the secondary – D’Angelo McKenzie is a nice safety out of San Jose – and the running game is all but ignored, but QB Cammon Cooper looks the like the next-great Cougar passer. The 6-4, 200-pounder out of Utah has all the tools to be a statistical superstar, and he’ll have a whole lot to work with considering …
The Washington State Class Is Heavy On …
It’s Washington State, so of course the offense is going to crank it up when it comes to bringing in the terrific receivers.
Leach signed on a boatload with six coming in, going to Texas for a few of them, nabbing 6-5 Brandon Gray out of Detroit, and a 6-3 Patrick Nunn out of California. For the most part, this is a very tall, very physical group, but …
The Star of the Washington State Class Is …
WR Drue Jackson, 6-1, 180
If Cooper isn’t the main man in the class, it’s Jackson, a 6-1, 180-pounder out to Dallas with the shiftiness and skills to be the perfect fit for the Cougar attack.
Utah made a big push for him in the process, and he would’ve been a great get for the Texas Tech offense, too. But the Cougars are bringing him – along with all the other terrific receiver talents – to Pullman.
The Washington State Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Defensive tackle is right there in the discussion for the biggest positions to fill, but again, there are some good ones coming in to help the cause.
The offensive line could use three new parts, and a new kicker is needed to replace Erik Powell, but quarterback is the huge issue
With Luke Falk done, and Tyler Hilinski’s tragic suicide, the Cougars need a new passer to take over. That might just be Cooper.
Good enough to get Georgia and Tennessee interested, and wanted by a whole host of Big 12 and Mountain West teams, Cooper chose Washington State relatively early last year and became the one quarterback signing.
If he can handle the pressure and the work, the hope is that he’s ready from Day One.