Local players and programs make big moves during 'Early Signing Period'

Two of the most dynamic playmakers in our area will head to Washington as Devin Culp (Gonzaga Prep) and Colson Yankoff (Coeur d'Alene) will play for Chris Petersen.


Coeur d'Alene quarterback Colson Yankoff and Gonzaga Prep wide receiver Devin Culp are both heading to Washington. In fact, Yankoff made the trip to Spokane very early Wednesday morning to watch his future teammate ink his commitment to UW.

Culp was joined by John Perko who is heading to Idaho State and Yankoff was signing next to Noah Gunn who is heading to Air Force.

Yankoff is an Army All-American quarterback while Culp is a first-team all-state selection at wide receiver collecting more than 1,000 yards of offense in his senior season.



Both Culp and Yankoff committed to Oregon earlier in their High School careers before things changed a little bit in Eugene and both redirected their paths to Seattle.

Both are excited for what's to come with Chris Petersen and company.

"This whole recruiting thing has been a lot," Yankoff said. "It has been a fun ride. There have been a lot of up's and down's and a lot of different components. I'm glad to say it's over and I'm glad with where I ended up."

Culp said, "You got to find the right fit for you and once I found UW and the coaches started liking me and I got the offer, it was kind of a no-brainer for me to stay home and go to the best school around."

Click here to see the entire Washington recruiting class


So, Culp and Yankoff are heading to the west side of the state while East Valley's Rodrick Fisher will represent the other side of the rivalry heading to Washington State. 

The Army All-American wide receiver is one of the best stories to come out of our area in quite some time. Rodrick was adopted by Knights head coach Adam Fisher and excelled on-and-off the field ever since.

He was a pretty late-bloomer, as far as schools recruiting him goes, and WSU head coach Mike Leach thinks he struck gold in this one. Also, Fisher is happy to be staying close to home.

"It's a great feeling (to be near Spokane)," Fisher said. "I get to come home when I get the chances and stay more in touch. It's kind of wrapping up a long journey, so it's exciting."

Leach said, "I'm not going to say Rodrick is the fastest because somebody (in the recruiting class) might be faster, but it would be hard to find somebody faster than Rodrick Fisher and then when you consider how big he is it's all the more impressive."


Fisher is just one of 18 players, as of Wednesday, officially signing with Washington State and at last check, Rivals.com has the Cougs recruiting class ranked No. 30 in the country which would be the third best in the PAC-12 and the highest rating for Washington State under Mike Leach (and for quite some time before Leach, too).

Now, this is a really good class on paper, but no one stands out more than quarterback Cammon Cooper. The Utah Gatorade Football Player of the Year threw for more than 4,700 yards with 58 touchdowns his senior year.

He is touted as one of Mike Leach's biggest grabs on the recruiting trail and there's a possibility he could compete for the starting job as early as next year. He is that good.

Cooper is ready to head to Pullman in January, along with Fisher, and start getting to work. Here's what Cooper had to say about choosing Washington State and Mike Leach's reactions about getting the 'Southpaw Slinger.'

"So, my offense runs a very similar to Washington State right now. That had a factor into (coming to WSU)," Cooper said. "I mean, I really want to throw the ball and they do it the most. LeHi is kind of the same small-town feel as Pullman and I really felt like home up there."

Leach said, "From the beginning we thought Cammon Cooper can play because the fact he's a statuesque passing quarterback, he's fast and runs the 200 meters. I think he's the best (quarterback recruit) in the country this year."

Click here to see the entire WSU recruiting class


Across the state border, Idaho inks 12 players as the program transitions back to FCS football. Vandals head coach Paul Petrino said via a press release that he brought in a good mix of experienced guys who will be ready to play college football fairly quickly.

The Idaho head coach was proud he canvassed six states to land 12 of his guys, but he made specific note of West Valley's Connor Whitney who he calls the 'best player in Spokane.' That's high praise from Paul Petrino on the one-time GNL defensive MVP.

Click here to see the entire Idaho recruiting class


Unlike Petrino, the Eags are staying in-state for the 'Early Signing Period.' Eastrern Washington head coach Aaron Best has seven high school recruits coming to Cheney including one transfer from Navy. Out of the eight new players, seven have roots in the state of Washington with Risona Ama coming out of Mt. Spokane.

"At the end of the day, I think the most important thing about this signing period is the fact these (recruits) wanted to be Eagles and they didn't have to wait until February to officially do so," Best said. "Being a former Eagle myself, to get in 'The Nest' as soon as you can is the best way to go about it."

Click here to see the entire EWU recruiting class

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