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Pullman Bound! WSU Announces 2014 Recruiting Class

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The Cougars will look to improve on last season's New Mexico Bowl appearance with this new crop of recruits. The Cougars will look to improve on last season's New Mexico Bowl appearance with this new crop of recruits.

Washington State University head football coach Mike Leach has announced the following student-athletes have enrolled at WSU for the spring semester, signed a National Letter-of-Intent or Financial Aid Agreement and/or will enroll at WSU this fall: 

Zaire Andre

6-0 / 170

Wide Receiver

Inglewood, Calif. / Inglewood HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Inglewood High School in Inglewood, Calif.…JUNIOR season was an All-Ocean League Second Team selection at wide receiver after catching 12 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns…as a SENIOR, named Ocean League Offensive Player of the Year and to the All-Wave Second Team as an all-purpose selection by the Los Angeles Wave…caught 20 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns while splitting time at quarterback…rushed for 130 yards…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com… ranked the No. 80 overall prospect in California by ESPN.com.

Nick Begg

6-5 / 255

Tight End

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. / Santa Margarita HS ‘13

WSU CAREER

Enrolled at WSU in Jan., 2014 and will participate in spring drills.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Santa Margarita High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. with current Cougars Riley Sorenson and River Cracraft...as a SENIOR, earned All-West Region honors by PrepStar…rated three stars by Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 95 defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com in 2013...listed as the No. 96 defensive end recruit in the nation by ESPN in 2013…graduated from SMHS in 2013…initially signed with Arizona State but chose to delay enrollment. 

Peyton Bender

6-1 / 185

Quarterback

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Cardinal Gibbons HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla….as a JUNIOR, split time at quarterback…went 96-of-176 for 1,402 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions…as a SENIOR, named 5A All-State honorable mention…went 167-for-256 for 2,184 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions in 10 games…led team to 9-1 record before breaking collarbone in 10th game, missing the remainder of the season…named first team all-county quarterback for both Broward and Dade counties…for his career threw for 3,886 yards and 43 touchdowns…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 25 pro-style quarterback in the country and No. 81 overall prospect in Florida by Rivals.com…Scout.com lists him at No. 80 among Florida prospects.

Squally Canada

5-11 / 190

Running Back

Milpitas, Calif. / Milpitas HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Milpitas High School in Milpitas, Calif.…as a JUNIOR, ran for 987 yards and six touchdowns…also named All-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League – DeAnza Division Outstanding Defensive Back…as a SENIOR, earned All-Metro League (San Francisco Bay Area) Second Team honors, All-San Jose Mercury News First Team and Offensive MVP of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League – DeAnza Division…rushed for 1,916 yards and 24 touchdowns, averaging 8.8 yards-per-carry…also caught two touchdowns…helped MHS to 11-2 record and CIF Central Coast Section Title…rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns along with one touchdown catch in title game…named 49ers High School Player of the Week after rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns in win over Wilcox…finished career with 3,367 yards and 37 touchdowns…one of 11 running backs named to The News Tribune's Western 100…rated four stars and the No. 32 running back prospect in the country by ESPN.com…rated three stars by Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 10 running back prospect in the West and No. 76 overall prospect in California by Scout.com…born name is Bryant Canada…attended same high school as WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro.

Jalen Canty

6-8 / 270

Defensive End

Vallejo, Calif.  / St. Patrick St. Vincent HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended St. Patrick St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, Calif….played one season of football…as a SENIOR, named Tri-County League Lineman of the Year and all-league first team…recorded 76 tackles including a state-leading 22 sacks…caught 10 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns…longest reception was 65 yards…also played basketball…in 60 games, averaged 16.0 ppg, 12.7 rpg and 1.2 bpg…finished basketball career with 959 points, 762 rebounds and 69 blocks…had 30 points and 16 rebounds in final high school game…rated three stars by ESPN.com and Scout.com…ranked No. 44 overall prospect in California by ESPN.com.

Andre Dillard

6-5 / 250

Offensive Line

Woodinville, Wash. / Woodinville HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Woodinville High School in Woodinville, Wash….as a SENIOR, named All-KingCo First Team and KingCo 4A Crest Division Offensive Lineman of the Year…named to Seattle Times All-Area First Team…rated two stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 6 overall prospect in Washington by ESPN.com…named a red chip prospect, one of Washington's top-16 prospects by The Seattle Times…father, Mitch was an offensive lineman for the Cougars in the late 1980's.

Brandon Evers

6-7 / 290

Offensive Line

Redding, Calif. / Enterprise HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Enterprise High School in Redding, Calif.…as a JUNIOR, named Eastern Athletic League honorable mention…as a SENIOR, named to Cal-Hi Sports All-State First Team for medium schools, All-CIF Northern Section First Team and All-Eastern Athletic League First Team as an offensive lineman…also named All-Northern California Second Team as a defensive lineman…helped EHS post a 13-1 record while winning a D1 CIF Northern Section Title and reach the Division II State Championship game…offensive averaged over 400 yards-per-game…helped EHS go 22-4 over final two seasons, claimed back-to-back CIF Northern Division titles…rated three stars by Rivals.com and two stars by ESPN.com and Scout.com…Rivals lists him at No. 99 among California prospects.

Kingston Fernandez

6-3 / 240

BUCK

Kapolei, Hawaii / Kapolei HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Kapolei High School in Kapolei, Hawaii…as a JUNIOR, named All-Oahu Interscholastic Association Red West honorable mention…as a SENIOR, named All-State Third Team by Hawaii Star-Advertiser….named All-OIA Red West First Team after making 68 tackles including 17 sacks…named a team captain as a senior…named Defensive Player of the Year Finalist by KHON Cover2…rated three stars and the No. 2 overall prospect in Hawaii by Scout.com.

Calvin Green

5-10 / 165

Wide Receiver

Sacramento, Calif. / Luther Burbank ‘13

WSU CAREER

Enrolled at WSU in Jan., 2014 and will participate in spring drills.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif.…high school teammates with Cougar signee Ngalu Tapa…as a JUNIOR, rushed for 1,178 yards and 12 touchdowns…also caught 23 passes for 543 yards and six touchdowns…recorded 61 tackles and five interceptions…as a SENIOR, named All-Metro First Team defensive back by The Sacramento Bee…named Metro League Most Valuable Player and All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section after recording 1,701 all-purpose yards and making 52 tackles along with two interceptions…tied a national high school record with 99-yard kickoff return in his final game…played in Sacramento Optimist All-Star Game with Ngalu Tapa…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 48 overall prospect in California by ESPN.com, the No. 79 wide receiver prospect in the country by Scout.com, No. 56 in California's final rankings and No. 80 in the West region by Scout.com…graduated from LBHS in Dec., 2013. 

Kevin Griffin

6-1 / 180

Cornerback

Concord, Calif. / De La Salle HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Played at national power De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif.…as a JUNIOR, named to All-East Bay Athletic League Second Team….as a SENIOR, named All-State Third Team by CalHiSports.com… earned All-Metro League (San Francisco Bay Area) honorable mention and All-East Bay Athletic League First Team after making 54 tackles, three for loss, three interceptions and six passes defended…helped team to 14-1 record, second in the West Region and ranked sixth nationally…the loss in the state title game snapped a 40-game winning streak…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 50 cornerback prospect in the country by ESPN.com…Scout.com has him ranked as the ninth best cornerback in the West, No. 54 in the nation and the No. 88 overall prospect in the state of California.

Dylan Hanser

6-5 / 215

Linebacker

Billings, Mont. / Central Catholic HS ‘14

WSU CAREER

Enrolled at WSU in Jan., 2014 and will participate in spring drills.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Central Catholic High School in Billings, Mont….as a JUNIOR, earned All-State honors as both an outside linebacker and tight end…as a SENIOR, earned All-State and All-Conference honors at outside linebacker and tight end…helped CCHS win state title after recording 37 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles…also long snapped at CCHS…earned All-Conference honors in basketball as a junior.

Keith Harrington

5-9 / 180

Wide Receiver

St. Petersburg, Fla. / Northeast HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, Fla…SOPHOMORE season rushed for 600 yards and had 250 receiving yards…All-Pinellas County Athletic conference First Team running back…as a JUNIOR, named All-PCAC First Team after recording 1,372 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns…averaged 10.5 yards-per-carry and nearly 17.0 yards-per-reception…named MVP of running backs at NFTC in Orlando and MVP of a Big County Preps combine in Tampa…as a SENIOR, named to Florida top-100 by Orlando Sentinel…named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Blue-Gray All-American Bowl Game in January after recording 304 total yards and scoring four touchdowns…during regular season rushed for 700 yards, had three yards receiving and had eight touchdowns…named All-PCAC First Team running back for third-straight season and participated in PCAC All Star Game…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 14 all-purpose running back prospect in the country and No. 51 overall prospect in Florida by Rivals.com.

Greg Hoyd

6-2 / 215

Linebacker

Murrieta, Calif. / Vista Murrieta HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif.…as a JUNIOR, earned All-Southwestern League Second Team…recorded 81 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions…helped VMHS to a 12-2 record, winning a league title and earning a trip to the CIF Southern Section title game…as a SENIOR, earned All-Southwestern League First Team honors…tallied 63 tackles including five for loss and two sacks, also picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 48 outside linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com, the No. 69 prospect in California and No. 96 in the West region…ranked the No. 80 overall prospect in California by Rivals.com.

Sean Krepsz

6-5 / 295

Offensive Line

Riverside, Calif. / King HS ‘13

WSU CAREER

Enrolled at WSU in Jan., 2014 and will participate in spring drills.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended King High School in Riverside, Calif.…as a JUNIOR, earned All-Big VIII First Team honors…as a SENIOR, named All-State Second Team by CalHiSports.com…named All-CIF honorable mention, All-Area Inland All-Star and All-Big VIII First Team…helped KHS to a 6-4 record, its first winning season since 2007…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 83 offensive tackle prospect in the country by ESPN.com…graduated from KHS in Dec., 2013.

Frankie Luvu

6-2 / 215

Linebacker

Pago Pago, American Samoa / Tafuna HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Tafuna High School in American Samoa with current Cougar Destiny Vaeao…as a SENIOR, in an eight-game season, recorded 8.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…scored one touchdown…named All-Territory and Special Teams Player of the Year…selected to play in the Samoa Bowl against an All-Star team from Hawaii…also kicked off, 90 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks…never lost a game in his high school career and helped THS win back-to-back championships the past two seasons…played safety for THS…rated three stars by ESPN.com and Scout.com…also played midfielder for America Samoa U-17 soccer team.

Hercules Mata'afa

6-3 / 230

Defensive End

Lahaina, Hawaii / Lahainaluna HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Lahainaluna High School in Lahaina, Hawaii…as a SOPHOMORE, earned All-Maui Interscholastic League second team…as a JUNIOR, named All-MIL First Team after tallying 64 tackles including 12.5 sacks…as a SENIOR, earned All-State First Team honors from Hawaii Star-Advertiser and ScoringLive…also named All-MILL First Team after recording 24 tackles-for-loss including 15 sacks…also wrestled, was state finalist as junior and senior at 215-pound weight class…rated three stars by ESPN.com and Rivals.com…ranked the No. 4 overall prospect in Hawaii by Rivals.com and No. 7 by ESPN.com.

Marcellus Pippins

5-11 / 175

Cornerback

El Cerrito, Calif. / El Cerrito HS ‘13 

WSU CAREER

Enrolled at WSU in Jan., 2014 and will participate in spring drills.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended El Cerrito High School in El Cerrito, Calif….former Cougar great Lamont Thompson was position coach…as a JUNIOR, earned All-East Bay First Team honors…recorded 10 touchdowns and picked off seven passes…as a SENIOR, named to All-East Bay First Team…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked No. 75 cornerback prospect in the country by Scout.com in 2012.

Patrick Porter

6-0 / 170

Cornerback

Cottondale, Ala. / Paul W. Bryant HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala…as a SOPHOMORE, recorded two interceptions…as a JUNIOR, limited to three games due to injury….named Super All-State Preseason Second Team by AlabamaVaristy.com as a SENIOR…made 68 tackles, nine for loss, four interceptions, 13 pass breakups and three forced fumbles…also played quarterback…also played basketball…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked No. 75 cornerback in the country by ESPN.com…ranked No. 33 in Alabama's Most Wanted by Rivals.com.

Markell Sanders

6-1 / 175

Safety

Sammamish, Wash. / Eastside Catholic HS ‘13

WSU CAREER

Enrolled at WSU in Jan., 2014 and will participate in spring drills.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Wash….as a JUNIOR, earned All-Metro League First Team honors after making 30 tackles and three interceptions…as a SENIOR, tallied 10 tackles and two interceptions in two games before suffering season-ending shoulder injury…named a White Chip prospect as one of Washington's top-100 prospects by the Seattle Times…rated two stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 22 overall prospect in Washington by ESPN.com in 2012.

Deion Singleton

6-1 / 175

Safety

Pasco, Wash. / Chiawana HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Played first three seasons at Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla.…as a SOPHOMORE, made 35 tackles, six interceptions, one returned for a touchdown and 10 pass breakups…as a JUNIOR, earned All-State Second Team honors after helping GHS claim the 6A State title…made 51 tackles, one interception, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…returned interception 56 yards for a touchdown and returned a fumble 95 yards for a touchdown…as a SENIOR, played for Chiawana High School in Pasco, Wash.…led CHS to 4A State title…named All-Class All-State by the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune…named Tri-City Herald Player of the Year and Mid-Columbia Conference Most Valuable Player…named All-Area First Team at wide receiver and defensive back…caught 45 passes for 838 yards and nine touchdowns…picked off four passes on defense…rated three stars by ESPN.com, 247sports.com and Scout.com…rated No. 18 safety prospect in the country and No. 3 overall prospect in Washington by ESPN.com…named a red chip prospect, one of Washington's top-16 prospects by The Seattle Times…named one of five Northwest Nuggets (top prospects in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska) by the Tacoma News Tribune…one of the seven defensive backs named to The Western 100 by The News Tribune...older brother Lionell, played football for Florida International and currently plays for Tri-Cities Fever of the Indoor Football League.

Ngalu Tapa

6-3 / 275

Defensive Tackle

Sacramento, Calif. / Luther Burbank HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif.…high school teammates with Cougar signee Calvin Green…as a JUNIOR, named All-State First Team Underclassmen by CalHiSports… named All-Sac-Joaquin Section and Junior Player of the Year…earned All-Metro League First Team and Metro League Defensive Player of the Year accolades after making 124 tackles and 24 sacks…as a SENIOR, named All-Class All-State First Team by USA Today…named All-Metro First Team and Division II Defensive Player of the Year by Sacramento Bee…named All-Sac-Joaquin Section and All-Northern California First Team by MaxPreps…Metro League Defensive Player of the Year accolades after making 14.5 sacks…played in Sacramento Optimist All-Star Game with high school and Cougar teammate Calvin Green…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked the No. 8 defensive tackle prospect in the West and No. 123 among players in the West region by Scout.com…ranked the No. 67 overall prospect in California by Rivals.com…full name is Feaomoengalu Tapa.

Barry Ware

6-3 / 205

Wide Receiver

Corona, Calif. / Centennial HS ‘14

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Attended Centennial High School in Corona, Calif….as a JUNIOR, made 45 receptions for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns…as a SENIOR, caught 56 passes for 1,211 yards and 17 touchdowns…in final game, made 13 catches for 146 yards and four touchdowns…rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com…ranked No. 93 wide receiver in the country and No. 54 overall prospect in California by ESPN.com…Scout.com has him at No. 83 overall in the West region while Rivals.com lists him at No. 75 among all California players.

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