Twelve of the Cougars’ 25 signees in the class of 2016 will play on the offensive side of the ball. Here’s a look at who they are.

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Twelve of the Cougars’ 25 signees in the class of 2016 will play on the offensive side of the ball. Here’s a look at who they are.

 

RENARD BELL, WR
5-10, 165, Cathedral HS, Los Angeles, Calif.

Recruited as an athlete but will play receiver. Bell was the third recruit to commit to WSU … All-CIF Southern Section Southeast Division and earned Co-Offensive MVP of the Angelus League…caught 54 passes for 945 yards and 12 touchdowns… ranked No. 21 receiver prospect in the West by Scout.com

WSU football chief of staff Dave Emerick: “Renard is a 10.8 100m guy. I can’t wait to see what he does in this offense.”

 

NILSSON GAISOA, OL
6-5, 295, Kailua HS, Kailua, Hawaii

Gaisoa was a “secret commit” to WSU who flew under the radar for much of recruiting season because he wasn’t really on social media. He earned All-State honorable mention honors during his senior year. All-Oahu Interscholastic Association Blue First-Team honors.

WSU football chief of staff Emerick: “He’s a guy who’s very athletic, was a little undersized at 265 to 270 pounds his junior year, but he went to some camps, ran a 5.1 (40 yard dash) and is real athletic. … A lot of schools tried to come in on him late.”

 

CHRISTIAN HAANGANA, OL
6-5, 365, Milpitas HS, Milpitas, Calif.

Haangana has the versatility to play any position on the offensive line, and is from running back coach Jim Mastro’s high school. … Named All-Mercury News First Team by the San Jose Mercury News and All-Northern California Second Team by MaxPreps …named Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division Most Valuable Lineman … helped team to a 10-4 record and appearance in CIF Central Coast Section Championship game …ranked the No. 11 offensive guard in the West by Scout.com.

WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro: “We saw him two years ago at our satellite camp in Danville (Calif.) and Clay McGuire had him play tackle, guard and center just because he was crushing people. He has that mentality. But off the field, the’s the nicest, most polite kid. Football is his life. He’s a flat out finisher. He’s not satisfied until somebody is on the ground.”

 

ROMELLO HARRIS, RB
5-10, 175, Tulare Union HS, Tulare, Calif.

Harris had a tumultuous childhood that saw him bounce around 18 different schools between kindergarten and eighth grade – frequently getting suspended or expelled – before he was taken in by Tulare Union High principal Michelle Nunley, who has since helped him get his life back on track and succeed in the classroom and on the football field. … Rushed for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior year despite playing only nine games due to injury. Was named All-Tulare County Boys Athlete of the Year as a junior.

WSU running backs coach Mastro: “He reminds me of Jamal Morrow in high school, but he’s a little faster. He’s a straight line come-down-at-you guy but can also shake you in the hole and go. He’s what I’m looking for in this offense.”

 

ISAIAH JOHNSON, WR
6-3, 211, Dwyer HS, Belle Glade Fla.

Johnson’s high school teammate and current WSU receiver Tavares Martin, Jr. told WSU about Johnson and the Cougs were very interested. … Formerly committed to Miami and Florida but chose WSU to play in Mike Leach’s offense. … one of four early enrollees. … had 44 receptions, 912 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior year … earned All-State, All-County, and All-Area honors. … rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com … No. 20 receiver in Florida by Scout.com.

WSU football chief of staff Dave Emerick: “Isaiah was a big-time guy committed to Florida. He wanted to be part of this offense. Not all kids are able to determine what they want, and Isaiah had a clear cut goal of ‘I want to catch the football.’ He went on his official to Florida because he wanted to decommit in person.”

 

KEENEN KING, OL
6-4, 301, Arbor View HS, Las Vegas, Nev.

King is one of two offensive lineman recruits who will come in weighing more than 300 pounds. … a first-team All-State and All-Northwest League selection as a senior. … helped his team to a 9-2 record an appearance in Sunset Region Championship in 2015. … rated No. 1 tackle in Nevada by Scout.com. … rated No. 6 prospect in Nevada by Rivals.com.

Former WSU QB Jason Gesser: “He was a three-year starter high school. When you’re a three-year starter at a good program like that, you’ve played a lot of ball. He’s another guy they’ll be able to plug in.”

 

FREDERICK MAUIGOA, OL
6-4, 295, Tafuna HS, Pago Pago, American Samoa

Mauigoa picked WSU over Oregon State on Signing Day. … rated the No. 1 recruit in American Samoa by ESPN.com, … played for Okland Salave’a, brother of WSU DL coach Joe Salave’a. … first player from American Samoa to ever get selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-American Bowl in Dallas, Texas in December 2015.

Former WSU QB Jason Gesser: “When you look and watch him on film and watch his feet, he’s a big boy. He has really good hands. When he locks his hands on you on the defensive side of the ball, he’s not going to let you get by.”  

 

DEZMON PATMON, WR
6-4, 202, Patrick Henry HS, San Diego, Calif.

Earned First Team All-City League honors after 43-reception, 873 yards, and 14 touchdowns his junior year. … caught 53 passes for 669 yards and five touchdowns his senior year. … a consensus three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout.com …rated the 78th wide receiver nationally by Scout.com

WSU Chief of Staff Dave Emerick: “He’s a big receiver, and he turned down a lot of Pac-12 offers to come play in this offense. Right now he’s working out with Connor Cook and Cardale Jones and those guys who are getting ready for the NFL Draft.”

 

GRANT PORTER, WR
6-2, 185, Upland HS, Upland, Calif.

Broke a bone in his foot his senior year and only played three games. Committed to WSU before the injury and stayed true to the Cougars. … junior year made 23 catches for 366 yards and one score. … rated the No. 83 receiver nationally, and No. 16 receiver in the West by Scout.com.

WSU inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson: “He committed to us before he got injured, and it helped us hide him. He’s a 10.5 100m guy, his mom was a track athlete at Cal and his dad was a track athlete at USC. He’s a bit raw because he hasn’t played a whole bunch this year but we think the sky is the limit for him speed-wise and athleticism-wise.”

 

JUSTUS ROGERS, QB/ATH
6-2, 220, Bellevue HS, Bellevue

Enrolled at WSU in January. … two-year captain for the Wolverines. …led Bellevue to two-straight state title game appearances. … earned All-King County second team honors his senior year. … went 56-of-90 for 1,144 yards, 19 touchdowns, one interception. … rated No. 19 athlete in the West by Scout.com. …also ran track, specializing in the hurdles.

Pac-12 Network commentator Yogi Roth: “He’s an interesting one. He’s hard to project, sort of like Isaac Dotson was in high school. Isaac was probably a better athlete, but I love the idea of this kid wanting to compete at that position. He’s got a real competitive demeanor. Here’s a young man nobody believes can play quarterback and he wants to come in and battle. … His functional football IQ is big time.”

 

LIAM RYAN, OL
6-6, 275, Damien HS, LaVerne, Calif.

Was named to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune First Team and Inland Daily Bulletin All-Area First Team. …blocked for running back who led league with 1,855 yards and 18 touchdowns. … rated a three-star prospect and the 119th offensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com. … started on Damien High Division 3 state championship basketball team as a junior.

WSU inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson: “He’s athletic. He’s still playing basketball now, and once he’s done with basketball and can just focus on football and lifting, he’s going to be a big guy.”

 

JOSHUA WATSON, OL
6-5, 265, Cascade HS, Everett

Earned All-State honors from the Seattle Times and the Tacoma News-Tribune as a senior. … Named to All-Wesco 4A First Team. … two-way lineman who also had 15 tackles for loss and three sacks while playing defensive line. … rated the No. 1 offensive guard in Washington by Scout.com and the No. 14the overall prospect in Washington by Rivals.com. … also played lacrosse and enjoys swimming for fun.

Former WSU QB Jason Gesser: “When I talked to Clay McGuire about Josh Watson, his eyes lit up. He compared him to Joe Dahl and said he has the ability to become somebody like that. That’s pretty big coming from the guy who just coached Joe Dahl.”