2016 Washington State Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Washington State Football Recruiting Class: Washington State did what you’d think it would – it got more offensive firepower. It’s a huge class with lots of options for both sides of the ball, but it’s Mike Leach – the passing game is front and center.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 Washington State Football Recruiting Class: Washington State did what you’d think it would – it got more offensive firepower. It’s a huge class with lots of options for both sides of the ball, but it’s Mike Leach – the passing game is front and center.


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    Washington State Football Recruiting Class Overview

    Mike Leach didn’t pull in the recruiting class he did last year, but he got his receivers, he got his quick defenders, and he got enough bodies – it’s one of the Pac-12’s biggest classes – to hope for a few surprises from out of the blue. The Cougars didn’t do too many battles for talent against other teams in the conference, but Leach has never needed the superstars to succeed.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Wide Receivers. Not surprisingly for this program, wide receivers want to be a part of the fun. The Cougars got a two great targets in Dezmon Patmon and Isaiah Johnson, and with Stephen Houston added in, this is a very, very tall group – all three check in at 6-3. Grant Porter and Renard Bell are smaller, but they’re Pac-12 talents who could be deadly on the inside down the line.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    RB Romello Harris, 5-10, 175 – CB Jalen Thompson was a great recruit for the secondary, and LB Jihad Woods will be a starter soon, but even with all the receivers being brought in, Harris is a recruit-to-a-type back who should shine as a speedy pass catcher with the quickness and skills to be used a variety of ways. Smart – Harvard, Yale and Duke wanted him – and with the skills to get option teams interested, he’ll be an interesting cog in the Mike Leach system. He just won’t put up a ton of yards.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    The defensive front. Losing Destiny Vaeao and Darryl Paulo will be a problem for the line, and not having linebackers Ivan McClennan and Jeremiah Allison will hurt, too. The offense gets enough talent back to be explosive again, but it loses tackle Joe Dahl and guard Gunnar Eklund on the left side. That will be one of the biggest areas of need this spring.

    2016 Washington State Football Recruiting Class

    Lyric Bartley DE 6-3 245 Taylorsville, Utah (Taylorsville HS)
    Renard Bell WR 5-10 165 Los Angeles, Calif. (Cathedral HS)
    Danny Bender DE 6-4 240 El Cajon, Calif. (Valhalla HS)
    Nilsson Gaisoa OL 6-5 295 Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua HS)
    Christian Haangana OL 6-5 365 Milpitas, Calif. (Milpitas HS)
    Romello Harris RB 5-10 175 Tulare, Calif. (Union HS)
    Isaiah Johnson WR 6-3 211Belle Glade, Fla. (Dwyer HS)
    D’Jimon Jones DB 6-1 175 Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way HS)
    Keenen King OL 6-4 301 Las Vegas, Nev. (Arbor View HS)
    Frederick Mauigoa OL 6-4 295 Pago Pago, American Samoa (Tafuna HS)
    Garrett McBroom DE 6-3 268 Stillwater, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M)
    Derek Moore RUSH 6-2 211 Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw HS)
    Chima Onyeukwu LB 6-3 215 San Pablo, Calif. (Contra Costa College)
    Dezmon Patmon WR 6-4 202 San Diego, Calif. (Patrick Henry HS)
    Grant Porter WR 6-2 185 Upland, Calif. (Upland HS)
    Justus Rogers QB/ATH 6-2 220 Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue HS)
    Liam Ryan OL 6-6 275 La Verne, Calif. (Damien HS)

    Marcus Strong DB 5-11 170 Rialto, Calif. (Carter HS)
    Suliasi Tamaivena LB 6-2 225 Kirkland, Wash. (Mt. San Antonio College)
    Robert Taylor DB 5-11 180 San Leandro, Calif. (CC of San Francisco)
    Skyler Thomas DB 5-11 175 Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill HS)
    Jalen Thompson DB 6-0 170 Downey, Calif. (Downey HS)
    Mason Vinyard RUSH 6-5 215 La Mesa, Calif. (Helix HS)
    Josh Watson OL 6-5 265 Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS)
    Jahad Woods LB 5-11 215 La Mesa, Calif. (Helix HS)

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