Bios of Washington State football signees
Zaire Andre, WR
6-0, 170, Inglewood (Calif.) HS
Committed last spring to WSU. ... Offensive POY in Ocean League as a senior. ... HS offensive coordinator and AD Derek Benton: “He has a great football IQ. He knows how to run routes and how to get open.”
Nick Begg, DE
6-5, 255, Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
January enrollee at WSU after sitting out 2013 season. ... Originally committed to San Diego State, then signed in 2013 with Arizona State. ... WSU coach Mike Leach: “He’s big and athletic and can play a lot of positions. He’s also a smart player.”
Peyton Bender, QB
6-1, 185, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lone QB in the class broke collarbone with his team at 9-1 in 2013. ... Committed last March. ... 28 TDs, six picks in ’13. ... HS coach Mike Morrill: “He has an outstanding arm, sees the field extremely well, and is a very, very intelligent quarterback.”
Squally Canada, RB
5-11, 180, Milpitas (Calif.) HS
Had 303 yards from scrimmage in Milpitas’ win for the Central Coast D-1 section title and 1,916 yards in ’13. ... Recruited by WSU aide Jim Mastro, who attended Milpitas. ... Early commitment to Boise State. ... HS coach Kelly King: “He’s got good moves, a good burst, and he’s very physical.”
Jalen Canty, DE
6-8, 270, St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS, Vallejo, Calif.
Saw a limited amount of football, concentrating on basketball, which he also hopes to play at WSU. ... Averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds in basketball career. ... HS coach Brennan Marion: “Jalen is the biggest steal in the 2014 signing class. He’s really raw. He has to get used to the everyday grind and pounding and it being a lifestyle for him.”
Andre Dillard, OT
6-5, 250, Woodinville HS
Son of Mitch Dillard, Lindbergh HS grad who lettered at WSU in 1986. ... Red-chip prospect by The Seattle Times and rated No. 6 prospect in the state by ESPN.com. ... Leach: “He’s got huge hands and huge feet. He’s not going to do anything but get bigger.”
Brandon Evers, OT
6-7, 290, Enterprise HS, Redding, Calif.
Three-sport athlete who first committed to San Diego State. ... 4.0 student who might study medicine. ... HS coach Darren Trueblood: “He’s the real deal, the full package.”
Kingston Fernandez, DE
6-3, 242, Kapolei (Hawaii) HS
Scout.com called him No. 2 overall prospect in Hawaii. ... 17 sacks as a senior. ... Leach: “He’s got a nose for the ball, and quarterbacks.”
Calvin Green, WR
5-10, 165, Burbank HS, Sacramento
Teammate of WSU signee Ngalu Tapa. ... Played both ways and was Metro League MVP. ... Offers from Colorado, ASU and Boise State. ... HS coach John Heffernan: “He has an uncanny ability to go get the football.”
Kevin Griffin, DB
6-1, 180, De La Salle HS, Concord, Calif.
Part of perennial power’s 14-1 team that finished No. 6 in nation. ... Runs on school’s sprint-relay teams. ... HS coach Justin Alumbaugh: “I haven’t seen anybody beat him deep. He’s one of the fastest guys in Northern California.”
Sulaiman Hameed, CB
5-11, 175, Alameda (Calif.) HS
Tore ACL before junior season and missed all of 2012 and early ’13 games. ... WSU aide Jim Mastro was primary recruiter. ... HS coach Kemp Moyer: “I really believe the kid would have been an elite prospect if he hadn’t had the injury setback, and he still is.”
Dylan Hanser, DE
6-5, 215, Catholic HS, Billings, Mont.
2013 grad of a 330-student high school whose team won State A football title. ... State track competitor who high-jumped 6-4 and triple-jumped 44 feet. ... HS coach Jim Stanton: “He’s a very athletic, quick kid with a lot of room to grow.”
Keith Harrington, RB
5-8, 175, Northeast HS, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Had early offer from Arizona. ... Offensive MVP of Blue-Gray All-American Bowl in January with four TDs. ... HS coach Michael Jalazo: “He’s that kid who wants to be great. He can hit his stride pretty much on that first step.”
Greg Hoyd, LB
6-2, 215, Vista Murrieta HS, Murrieta, Calif.
Consensus 3-star recruit who was Scout.com’s No. 48 OLB prospect nationally. ... Primary recruiter was Ken Wilson. ... Leach: “His dad is a football coach, and it rubbed off. He’s got an incredible work ethic and a great mind for the game.”
Sean Krepsz, OT
6-5, 295, King HS, Riverside, Calif.
Enrolled in January. ... WSU aide Ken Wilson was primary recruiter. ... Second-team all-state by CalHiSports.com. ... HS coach Kevin Corridan: “He’s a strong-willed kid, a physical, aggressive player.”
Frankie Luvu, OLB
6-2, 215, Tafuna HS, Pago Pago, American Samoa
HS teammate of WSU DE Destiny Vaeao. ... Was a midfielder on the American Samoa U-17 soccer team. ... Leach: “A real aggressive linebacker, one of those guys that the passion rubs off on the others.”
Hercules Mata’afa, DE
6-3, 225, Lahainaluna HS, Lahaina, Hawaii
Fourth-rated Hawaii prospect by Rivals.com had 27.5 sacks past two seasons. ... State finalist in wrestling as both junior and senior. ... 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN.com. ... Leach: “He comes from a very athletic family. He and his sisters are all successful wrestlers.”
Marcellus Pippins, CB
5-10, 175, El Cerrito (Calif.) HS
Enrolled in January after sitting out 2013. ... Consensus three-star recruit. ... Coached as senior by ex-WSU standout S Lamont Thompson. ... Leach: “He’s got great feet and he’s very quick. As he goes through drills, he’s very aggressive.”
Patrick Porter, CB
6-0, 170, Bryant HS, Cottondale, Ala.
School is on Mary Harmon Bryant Drive — late widow of the “Bear,” for whom the school is named. ... Limited to first three games as a junior by quadriceps injury. ... Also plays basketball. ... WSU DC Mike Breske: “He’s very athletic, a long-levered kid.”
Markell Sanders, DB
6-1, 175, Eastside Catholic HS
Enrolled in January. ... Missed most of senior season with shoulder injury after two interceptions in first two games. ... Seattle Times white-chip pick in 2012. ... Leach: “He’s going to get bigger, and he’s a very instinctual player.”
Deion Singleton, DB
6-1, 175, Chiawana HS, Pasco
Completed unusual double when Chiawana won 4A state title, a year after Singleton helped Godby High in Tallahassee win Florida 6A state crown. ... ... Leach: “Tall, rangy kid who’s an incredible athlete.”
Ngalu Tapa, DT
6-3, 275, Burbank HS, Sacramento
Had 23 sacks as a junior, then spent six months in juvenile hall, convicted of accessory to a robbery by a cousin, after which school officials rallied to his support. ... Metro League defensive POY. ... Leach: “He’s very physical, one of those men-among-boys types.”
Barry Ware, WR
6-3, 205, Centennial HS, Corona, Calif.
At a perennial power, Ware set a school record for TD catches (17) in ’13. ... Still needs test score. ... HS coach Matt Logan: “A big, physical receiver with great speed.”