Only One Intention Goes Awry
The Washington State University football team added several new Cougars to the fold today and all of them were as expected, leading to a overwhelmingly successful day for the program. Only one got away unexpectedly as receiver Joshua Bellamy, who had originally decided to attend WSU, switched his commitment to Iowa State where a Butte Community College teammate, safety David Sims enrolled. Other than that, it went all according to form for head coach Paul Wulff.
"I couldn't tell you how proud I am of our coaches and the job they have done," says Wulff.
According to Wulff, the two areas of need for Wazzu were running back and defensive line and Wulff says, for both areas he is happy with the pickups of Carl Winston and Arthur Burns on the running back side and Quayshawn Buckley and Travis Long on the defensive line.
"By signing Carl Winston and Arthur Burns, it gives us two running backs we can count on in the future thought," says Wulff, alluding to injury and depth problems that hav plagued the Cougars in recent years.
Every year, people want to know who will have the best chance to play right away and this year is no different. Wulff is not hesitant in naming off Buckley, Long and receivers Gino Simone and Johnny Forzani as candidates for early playing time.
"Based on depth, experience and maturity, I think Gino Simone might be able to step in and Quayshawn Buckley at defensive tackle," says Wulff, adding in Forzani and Long at defensive end. "Travis Long is clearly one of the best defensive linemen on the West Coast. He's got some great mental toughness and brings a lot of the things we're looking for."
Wulff said he considers this to be his first full recruiting class and with the 2009 class mostly in the books, he can now concentrate on the next step. With spring football only months away, some of the new Cougars will have their first opportunity to showcase their skills.
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