This weekend marks one final opportunity for schools to host prospective 2016 signees before National Signing Day on Feb. 3 next Wednesday. Here's a look at five recruits who have WSU on their list of finalists.
We’re in the home stretch.
This weekend marks one final opportunity for schools to host prospective 2016 signees before National Signing Day on Feb. 3 next Wednesday. Here’s a look at five recruits who have WSU on their list of finalists.
1. ATH Zion Echols (5-foot-8, 169 pounds, Charter Oaks High, Covina Calif.)
Zion Echols visited WSU on Jan. 15 but went to Cal last weekend. It’ll be WSU vs. Cal for him. He’s expected to announce before Signing Day.
2. DB Tayler Hawkins (6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Palm Springs High, Palm Springs, Calif.)
Hawkins visited WSU on his official on Jan. 15 and told Scout.com’s Greg Biggins on Thursday that WSU and San Diego State are the two finalists for his commitment.
3. DT Wayne Kirby (6-foot-3, 306 pounds, Highland High, Pocatello, Idaho)
Kirby took an official to WSU on Jan. 15, and appeared high on the Cougars after his visit. But then, Oregon offered late, and the Ducks are now in the lead for his signature. Kirby is, however, still scheduled to visit BYU and Utah this weekend, per BYU reporter Terrell Williams.
4. DL Frederick Mauigoa (6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Tafuna High, American Samoa)
Can Joe Salave’a secure yet another Samoan recruit for WSU and keep his Samoan pipeline going? Mauigoa visited WSU last weekend and will trip to Oregon State this weekend. So it’s the Beavers vs. the Cougs for Mauigoa.
5. DE Curtis Weaver (6-foot-4, 245-pounds, St. Anthony High, Long Beach, Calif.)
WSU and Boise State are Weaver’s finalists. Per Rivals.com, Weaver took an official to WSU on Jan. 15 and visited Boise State on Jan. 22.
Here’s a list of recruits who have already committed to WSU:
Now, more (Joe Dahl) links:
— WSU offensive tackle Joe Dahl has accepted an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. in February.
— Dahl continues to impress at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Tony Pauline, who writes for the Philadelphia Eagles official team site, says Dahl “shut down what’s been a formidable defensive line from the North squad. His ability to adjust or immediately recover back to blocking balance after it looked like he was going to get beat impressed scouts.”
— The Indianapolis Colts’ team site reporter Steve Andress also highlighted Dahl as an offensive lineman to watch for.
— CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler says Dahl has “impressed at both left and right guard.” Brugler’s full assessment on Dahl:
He keeps his hips low off the snap and sits in his stance with his near 33-inch arms extended to engage.
Dahl is very active with his hands and showed accurate placement to tie-up rushers and control the point of attack. Coming from WSU’s spread scheme, there were several question marks regarding Dahl’s pro transition, but he answered several of them in Mobile.
— Final caveat, the Cougs begin Midnight Maneuvers this weekend. The 2016 season is here, folks! Well, sort of.
— According to this story in Hawaii Prep World, Kailua (Hawaii) High offensive lineman Nilsson Gaisoa has apparently been secretly committed to WSU since the fall. Nice contrast to the world of Signing Day hat-picking ceremonies.