A look at the players who signed letters of intent Wednesday with the Cougars.
Daquawn Brown, CB
6-0, 170, Los Angeles
Dorsey High School
Outstanding defensive player in the Cal-State All-American game. … HS teammate of WSU LB Jeremiah Allison. … HS coach Paul Knox: “He has really good instincts. He makes plays. He has a knack for being where the ball is.”
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Tyler Bruggman, QB
6-2, 202, Phoenix
Threw for 5,300 yards combined in junior, senior years. … Consensus four-star recruit who turned down Arizona State’s late bid and early Arkansas interest. … 4.2 GPA with honors classes. … HS coach Scooter Molander: “He’s the most accurate passer I’ve been around and a super-smart kid. Often, I’d give him the formation, point to him, and that meant, ‘You call the play.’ “
River Cracraft, WR
Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Santa Margarita Catholic
School had four players sign with WSU or UW. … WSU coach Mike Leach calls him “a tough, gritty player who knows all the tricks at receiver.” … HS coach Harry Welch: “He’s faster than he’s timed; he runs away from people.”
Isaac Dotson, QB
6-3, 210, Bellevue
Newport High School
Seattle Times red chip. … As a senior, rushed for 1,047 yards. … Father Michael was a former All-American wrestler in mid-1980s at WSU. … HS coach Mike Miller: “In terms of leadership, he’s the best kid I’ve come in contact with in 18 years of coaching. Isaac wants a shot at QB, and I think he’s going to blow them away.”
Daniel Ekuale, DT
6-4, 290, Pago Pago, American Samoa
Nuuuli Technical High School
Rated by 247Sports.com as American Samoa’s top overall prospect. … Cougars think he could play some immediately. … Leach: “Yeah, he’s that big, but he can also run.”
Carlos Freeman, C
6-3, 290, Oklahoma City
Midwest City High School
Third in Oklahoma 6A heavyweight division last year in wrestling, and also a powerlifter. … Leach terms him “tough, mean and active.” … HS coach Darrell Hall: “They’ll be wondering how this kid got out of state.”
Darius Lemora, S
6-0, 185, Port Arthur, Texas
Memorial High School
Signed despite some family desire for him to stick closer to home. … Two-star recruit. … Leach: “He’s a big-hit guy. Explosions take place every time he’s in the vicinity.”
Paulo Lepua, DE
6-3, 265, Harbor City, Calif.
Narbonne High School
Had 26 sacks this year. … HS coach Manuel Douglas: “He’s extremely physical and explosive.” … Leach sees Lepua as either a tackle or end with “the uncanny ability to make a lot of plays.”
Cole Madison, G
6-6, 270, Burien
Kennedy Catholic High School
Versatile player who has receiving skills. … Member of the Kennedy basketball team. … Times red-chip prospect. … HS coach Bob Bourgette: “He’s got great feet and great hands. He’s a kid we’re going to see on TV.”
Vince Mayle, WR
6-3, 220, Natomas, Calif.
ESPN.com rated him a top-five WR prospect among JC players. … 61 catches as a sophomore. … Leach: “He’s a big, strong, physical receiver.”
Matt Meyer, OT
6-4, 275, Lynden High School
School won two straight state 2A football titles, went 37-2 in Meyer’s three years, and he also helped it win a state basketball crown. … Times red chip. … HS coach Curt Kramme: “He’s very athletic for a big guy. He has really good hands and good feet.”
Jamal Morrow, RB
5-8, 180, Menifee, Calif.
Heritage High School
Rushed for school-record 2,092 yards as a senior. … Leach says he has “a great center of gravity.” … HS coach Craig Broach: “Size will not be a factor. He has a big lower body. His squat is 550 pounds.”
Cody O’Connell, OT
6-8, 350, Wenatchee HS
Suffered an ACL tear in midseason and is rehabbing from surgery. … Times red-chip prospect will be tallest OL Leach has coached. … HS coach Scott Devereaux: “This year, he was a man-child. He was demolishing high-school players.”
Peyton Pelluer, LB
6-2, 225, Sammamish
Skyline High School
Cougars thought he was best LB in the state. … Latest in family line of Cougars, including great-grandfather Carl Gustafson (1925-27), grandfather John (1953-55) and dad Scott (1977-80), former assistant at WSU and UW. … Leach: “Physical, with great instincts.”
Riley Sorenson, OL
Santa Margarita Catholic
Late arrival to WSU fold after heavy interest from Washington, California, San Diego State and Nebraska. … Leach: “I guess you could make the argument we’ve been on him longer than most people. He kind of hit a holding pattern, but we’re glad to have him.”
Gerald Sterling, DT
6-4, 275, Aliceville (Ala.) HS
Visited WSU with his uncle, principal of his high school. … Was sought by Southern Miss and UAB. … Leach: “He’s just one of those country-strong guys who’s not afraid of anything.”
Emmitt Su’a-Kalio, DL
6-4, 250, Pago Pago, American Samoa
Kanana Fou HS
Competition included Utah, Wisconsin and Colorado. … Probable redshirt candidate. … Leach: “A real quick guy.”
Charleston White, DB
6-1, 170, Amarillo, Texas
Palo Duro High School
One of two Palo Duro commitments to WSU, but S Montrel Meander opted for Texas in final days. … … HS coach Steve Parr: “He’s been to day camps at Texas Tech and New Mexico, and they’ve clocked him at 4.36 and 4.37.”
Gerard Wicks, RB5-10, 195, Carson, Calif.
Long Beach Poly HS
Rushed for 1,596 yards and became three-star recruit. … Scout.com named him No. 10 on its list of RBs in West. … Leach calls him “really explosive.”
Lyman Faoliu, DE
6-2, 275, Vallejo, Calif.
College of San Mateo
Will have three years to play two at WSU. … Named to ESPN’s top 100 JC recruits. … Leach: “He’s an incredible worker.”
Robert Lewis, WR
5-10, 160, South Gate, Calif.
South East High School
2012 signee grayshirted, delaying enrollment until January. … Scored 36 TDs in 2011. … HS coach Derwin Henderson, a year ago: “He’s really the second coming in L.A. of De’Anthony Thomas. In the open field, he’s basically impossible to defend.”
Ivan McLennan, LB
6-3, 220, Hawthorne, Calif.
El Camino College
Had 9.5 sacks as a sophomore and earned JC All-America honors. … Leach: “He’s an extremely fast outside linebacker, one of the most explosive guys, by position, on the roster here.”
B.J. Salmonson, OL
6-5, 285, Everson, Wash.
Nooksack Valley HS
Grayshirted after signing in Leach’s first class. … HS coach Robb Myhre said last year: “His strength is his ability to move. That’s what teams are really excited about.”
Jacob Seydel, OL
6-6, 285, Riverside, Calif.
Riverside City College
Was a full qualifier out of high school and enrolled at UCLA following freshman year, but returned to Riverside for 2012 season.