The spring semester at Washington State began Monday, and the Cougars football team welcomed four new faces to Pullman. Junior college defensive lineman Garrett McBroom and early signees receiver Isaiah Johnson, Bellevue quarterback/athlete Justus Rogers and defensive back Jalen Thompson are all on campus and enrolled in classes
The spring semester at Washington State began Monday, and the Cougars football team welcomed four new faces to Pullman.
Junior college defensive lineman Garrett McBroom and early signees receiver Isaiah Johnson, Bellevue quarterback/athlete Justus Rogers and defensive back Jalen Thompson are on campus and enrolled in classes, the WSU Athletic Department announced Monday. All four will join WSU in spring drills.
McBroom is a 6-foot-3, 268-pound defensive end from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla. He signed a national letter of intent to play for the Cougars and will have two years to play two seasons. McBroom finished his sophomore season as an All-Southwest Junior College Conference second-team selection and had 66 tackles, including 19 for a loss and 10 sacks.
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Here’s a link to his highlight reel.
Johnson, Rogers and Thompson have signed financial-aid agreements to play for the Cougars.
Johnson is perhaps one of the most highly anticipated recruits in WSU’s 2016 signing class. The tall, rangy (6-3, 211 pounds) receiver from William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., projects well as an X or Z receiver for the Cougars. Johnson was committed to Florida but flipped his commitment to WSU after taking a visit to Pullman in December.
He is rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com and ranked the No. 20 wide receiver in Florida by Scout. com. He finished his senior season with 44 receptions for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns, and is a two-time All-State selection. Johnson was high school teammates with WSU receiver Tavares Martin Jr., and he’s not lacking in the confidence department. After committing to WSU in December, Johnson tweeted a photoshopped photo of himself holding the Biletnikoff Award, with the comment “in due time.
Rogers played quarterback at Bellevue High and will get a chance to show what he can do as a quarterback for the Cougars. But he was recruited as an athlete and could end up playing defense in college. Rogers was a two-time captain for the Wolverines who led Bellevue to two consecutive state-title game appearances. He completed 56 of 90 pass attempts for 1,144 yards in 2015, with 19 touchdowns to one interception. He’s ranked the No. 46 athlete nationally, and No. 19 in the West by Scout.com.
Thompson is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive back from Downey (Calif.) High. He’s rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and is ranked the No. 56 cornerback nationally by ESPN.com. During his junior and senior seasons at Downey High, Thompson earned All-CIF, All-San Gabriel Valley League and All-Area Dream Team honors. He recorded five interceptions as a cornerback and averaged 20.2 yards per reception as a receiver. Thompson started his prep career at La Serna High, where he was an All-League honorable-mention selection as a sophomore. That year, Thompson helped La Serna to a CIF Championship and an 11-3 overall record.
Here’s a link to Thompson’s highlight reel.