OH, THE WACKY world of football recruiting. In the span of roughly 48 hours, Hawaiian safety Taylor Taliulu goes from Cougs to Warriors and back to Cougs. See our latest story on his movement on the front page. LOIs can't be signed until tomorrow, though, so who really knows where the young man is going? His roller-coaster lead up to Signing Day isn't common, but it's definitely not unusual.
In Cougar history, one of the great last-minute switch-a-roos was quarterback Jake Plummer out of Boise in the early 90s. The night before LOIs were signed, he was considered a lock for the Cougs. The next morning his paperwork didn't come through the fax, and before you could say @%$# he was with ASU.
Going the other direction, the biggest signing-day surprise for WSU had to be first-team "Best in the West" receiver Michael Bumpus in 2004. He was long thought a done deal with USC, but when the Trojans floated the notion of a grayshirt, WSU assistant coach Kelly Skipper was ready and waiting to seize the moment. The story of how it all quietly unfolded was chronicled by CF.C in
this interesting story.
AS SIGNING DAY UNFOLDS, we'll be on the lookout for any of those Bumpus or Mizell-like shockers out of nowhere, but more so we'll be training our eyes toward four kids who have yet to make their choices known and have the Cougs on their short list ...
Alphonso Marsh is deciding from WSU, UW and Utah. Kenny Lawler is down to WSU, Oregon State and Cal. Raymond Ford is WSU, Cal and Utah. And massive o-lineman Carlos Lozano looks to be eyeing WSU, Utah, Kansas and Kansas State. Marsh, Lawler and Ford all have choosing ceremonies planned. If we were bettin' folks and forced to make a prediction on who from the group is most likely to sign with WSU and who is not, we'd pick Lawler and Ford, respectively.
THE STAR SYSTEM IS MORE art than science, as we've said many times over the years. In looking over the Cougars' expected haul of talent this week, two names really stand out as being completely under-starred: offensive guard Niu Sale and defensive end Destiny Vaeeo. We say that for this simple reason: Both guys had a long list of offers from major-conference schools. For Sale, the offer sheet included Auburn, Arkansas, Kansas State, Oregon State, Utah. Arizona and Arizona State. For Vaeao, the list included Tennessee, Colorado, Oregon State, Arizona and Washington.
BE SURE TO LOG IN TO THE CF.C Chat Room Wednesday from 1 to 1:45 when WSU recruiting coordinator and chief of staff Dave Emerick will answer our subscribers' questions. Your computer needs to be Java friendly to get in, so maybe check out the Chat Room asap to make sure you're all set.
As always on Signing Day, CF.C will have wall-to-wall coverage. Check in early and often.