Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Washington State Cougar recruiting class.
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The class is no big deal. Mike Leach never gets the high-end recruits, landing the guys who fit the system and what he needs overall. If it’s not the worst class in the Pac-12, it’s a close second ahead of Oregon State’s, however …
The program got Gage Gubrud. It’s asking the world for the Eastern Washington star to be Gardner Minshew Part 2, but the grad transfer is a ready-made triggerman who should be able to handle the Leach offense without a problem. That doesn’t mean the gig is his – the other options in place aren’t bad – but he’s fills an instant hole.
This class added a bomber into the mix. Actually, a gunner (sorry) in Gunner Cruz, a 6-4 pure passer who fits the profile. Smart enough to be wanted and loved by the Ivy League, he also got past Arizona, Arizona State and Syracuse.
Leach keeps adding on defensive backs, and this class if for the right now. He signed five players for the secondary, and all of them are JUCO transfers and ready to go right away. 6-4 Bryce Beckman is a big safety, Armani Archie is a good corner who got away from Nebraska, and in all, there should be two starters in this group.
The 2018 class was big on defensive tackles – signing on three – but there weren’t any in this class. Three defensive ends signed, but the class is a bit light on the defensive front. Next year, a few big bodies are needed for the interior.
There aren’t as many receivers in last year’s class, but two of the best players are the pass catchers. Billy Pospisil is a quick target out of Colorado, and Donovan Ollie is a big target out of Texas who blew off a few Big 12 schools to be a Cougar.
There wasn’t much happening on National Signing Day, but Jimmy Price is a JUCO transfer who should provide a little bit of depth at one tackle spot.
Leach doesn’t do much to get Washington prospects. He signed just two last year, and two okay offensive linemen this time around. After bringing in 12 players from California in 2018, he got seven in this class.
Will Gubrud really be that good? Again, there are other options, but if he’s close to being another Minshew, all of a sudden, this is a strong offseason of talent acquisition. But when a class goes this JUCO heavy in one spot – like defensive back – it needs to payoff instantly.