PULLMAN -- Washington State University will welcome 22 new members to its football team in 2010. All of the players signed with the Cougars on National Letter of Intent Signing Day on Wednesday.
The biggest surprise was linebacker C.J. Mizell. The Tallahassee, Florida native was recruited to play at Florida State last year, but didn't make it into school after academic issues. Once Bobby Bowden retired at FSU, Mizell decided to look at other options. He selected Washington State.
As expected, the Cougars recruited heavily in Washington and they are reaping the rewards. Wazzu signed five from the state, including three players from Spokane. Ferris quarterback Connor Halliday, Mead tight end Aaron Dunn, and Shadle Park tight end Jake Rodgers will all sport the crimson and gray in 2010. For uncut interviews with Halliday and Dunn from signing day click here.
Washington State added depth to it offensive line by signing two junior college players. David Gonzalez (6'6", 270lbs.) and Wade Jacobson (6'6", 310lbs.) could make an immediate impact for the Cougars. WSU also added freshman offensive lineman John Fullington (6'6", 270lbs.) from Belfair, Washington.
Wazzu added speed all over the field by inking five wide receivers and five defensive backs (they also signed athlete Eric Oertel from Wisconsin...it's not known what position he'll play). The Cougars welcome receivers Blair Bomber, Robert Jiles, Bobby Ratliff, Kristoff Williams, and Marquess Wilson (all are from California except Bomber who is from Lynden). The list of defensive backs includes, safeties Deonne Bucannon and Tyrone Duckett and cornerbacks Tracy Clark, Brandon Golden, Damante Horton, and Matthew Simmons.
WSU's class of 2010 is closed out by defensive tackle Kalafitoni Pole (6'2", 275lbs.) and running backs Devontae Butler and Rickey Galvin. All three players are from California.