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Rating the strength of WSU's commitments on D

JANUARY IS HOLD-ON time in recruiting. For WSU in recent years, it's been when the competition missed on a few of the guys they had rated higher on their boards -- and then came charging after the Cougs' verbals. Immediate needs also come into sharper focus in January, often leading to a full court press on JUCO verbals. But the Cougars appear to be in solid shape with their defensive pledges.

Still, nothing is ever for certain until they sign. And if history is any indication, other schools will be fervently trying to steal some of Washington State's verbals in the final days between now and LOI Day on Feb. 2. This unscientific assessment is based on CF.C interviews and conversations with prospects and prep and JC coaches, plus published reports. We put ratings on a scale of 1 to 1...

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