Without a big name, recruiting becomes an art. Washington State has to be innovative in the way they recruit kids and Mike Leach knows it. They will be in the running for some big names, but they just cannot compete with the big schools when it comes to all of the top recruits. This year, Leach recruited as far east as Aliceville, Alabama to bring WSU a 6’4″ 275 pound beast of defensive lineman. DT Gerald Sterling will only get bigger and probably really start contributing to the team in 2014.
The Cougs sure went big this year recruiting offensive and defensive lineman. The one that pops out the most to me is OL Cody O’Connell (6’8″ 350 Lbs) from Wenatchee High School in Washington. O’Connell did catch the injury bug in his last season in high school, but taking care of his body in college will help limit his injuries in the future. The Cougs also recruited Riley Sorenson (6’5″ 320 Lbs). The Cougs are getting bigger and that is always a good thing when talking about the offensive line.
The most talked about recruit this year seems to be QB Tyler Bruggman. He signed with the Cougs around noon on National Signing Day and there is a lot of excitement surrounding his ability and intelligence. Scouts are calling him an extremely accurate quarterback with great arm strength. Leach says he will be looking at all of the quarterbacks in the spring and they will compete for the job.
Leach has stressed competition since signing with the Cougs late in 2011. This was his first full season of recruiting and he seems to have gotten the job done. WSU may have missed out on some of the really big names, but they definitely improved where they needed to. The offensive line will be bigger, the defensive line will be better and the secondary will be smarter and faster.
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