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Washington State signees

Daquawn Brown, CB

6-0, 170, Los Angeles

Dorsey High School

Outstanding defensive player in the Cal-State All-American game. ... HS teammate of WSU LB Jeremiah Allison. ... HS coach Paul Knox: "He has really good instincts. He makes plays. He has a knack for being where the ball is."

Tyler Bruggman, QB

6-2, 202, Phoenix

Brophy Prep

Threw for 5,300 yards combined in junior, senior years. ... Consensus four-star recruit who turned down Arizona State's late bid and early Arkansas interest. ... 4.2 GPA with honors classes. ... HS coach Scooter Molander: "He's the most accurate passer I've been around and a super-smart kid. Often, I'd give him the formation, point to him, and that meant, 'You call the play.' "

River Cracraft, WR

6-1, 195,

Trabuco Canyon, Calif.

Santa Margarita Catholic

School had four players sign with WSU or UW. ... WSU coach Mike Leach calls him "a tough, gritty player who knows all the tricks at receiver." ... HS coach Harry Welch: "He's faster than he's timed; he runs away from people."

Isaac Dotson, QB

6-3, 210, Bellevue

Newport High School

Seattle Times red chip. ... As a senior, rushed for 1,047 yards. ... Father Michael was a former All-American wrestler in mid-1980s at WSU. ... HS coach Mike Miller: "In terms of leadership, he's the best kid I've come in contact with in 18 years of coaching. Isaac wants a shot at QB, and I think he's going to blow them away."

Daniel Ekuale, DT

6-4, 290, Pago Pago, American Samoa

Nuuuli Technical High School

Rated by as American Samoa's top overall prospect. ... Cougars think he could play some immediately. ... Leach: "Yeah, he's that big, but he can also run."

Carlos Freeman, C

6-3, 290, Oklahoma City

Midwest City High School

Third in Oklahoma 6A heavyweight division last year in wrestling, and also a powerlifter. ... Leach terms him "tough, mean and active." ... HS coach Darrell Hall: "They'll be wondering how this kid got out of state."

Darius Lemora, S

6-0, 185, Port Arthur, Texas

Memorial High School

Signed despite some family desire for him to stick closer to home. ... Two-star recruit. ... Leach: "He's a big-hit guy. Explosions take place every time he's in the vicinity."

Paulo Lepua, DE

6-3, 265, Harbor City, Calif.

Narbonne High School

Had 26 sacks this year. ... HS coach Manuel Douglas: "He's extremely physical and explosive." ... Leach sees Lepua as either a tackle or end with "the uncanny ability to make a lot of plays."

Cole Madison, G

6-6, 270, Burien

Kennedy Catholic High School

Versatile player who has receiving skills. ... Member of the Kennedy basketball team. ... Times red-chip prospect. ... HS coach Bob Bourgette: "He's got great feet and great hands. He's a kid we're going to see on TV."

Vince Mayle, WR

6-3, 220, Natomas, Calif.

Sierra College rated him a top-five WR prospect among JC players. ... 61 catches as a sophomore. ... Leach: "He's a big, strong, physical receiver."

Matt Meyer, OT

6-4, 275, Lynden High School

School won two straight state 2A football titles, went 37-2 in Meyer's three years, and he also helped it win a state basketball crown. ... Times red chip. ... HS coach Curt Kramme: "He's very athletic for a big guy. He has really good hands and good feet."

Jamal Morrow, RB

5-8, 180, Menifee, Calif.

Heritage High School

Rushed for school-record 2,092 yards as a senior. ... Leach says he has "a great center of gravity." ... HS coach Craig Broach: "Size will not be a factor. He has a big lower body. His squat is 550 pounds."

Cody O'Connell, OT

6-8, 350, Wenatchee HS

Suffered an ACL tear in midseason and is rehabbing from surgery. ... Times red-chip prospect will be tallest OL Leach has coached. ... HS coach Scott Devereaux: "This year, he was a man-child. He was demolishing high-school players."

Peyton Pelluer, LB

6-2, 225, Sammamish

Skyline High School

Cougars thought he was best LB in the state. ... Latest in family line of Cougars, including great-grandfather Carl Gustafson (1925-27), grandfather John (1953-55) and dad Scott (1977-80), former assistant at WSU and UW. ... Leach: "Physical, with great instincts."

Riley Sorenson, OL

6-5, 320,

Santa Margarita Catholic

Late arrival to WSU fold after heavy interest from Washington, California, San Diego State and Nebraska. ... Leach: "I guess you could make the argument we've been on him longer than most people. He kind of hit a holding pattern, but we're glad to have him."

Gerald Sterling, DT

6-4, 275, Aliceville (Ala.) HS

Visited WSU with his uncle, principal of his high school. ... Was sought by Southern Miss and UAB. ... Leach: "He's just one of those country-strong guys who's not afraid of anything."

Emmitt Su'a-Kalio, DL

6-4, 250, Pago Pago, American Samoa

Kanana Fou HS

Competition included Utah, Wisconsin and Colorado. ... Probable redshirt candidate. ... Leach: "A real quick guy."

Charleston White, DB

6-1, 170, Amarillo, Texas

Palo Duro High School

One of two Palo Duro commitments to WSU, but S Montrel Meander opted for Texas in final days. ... ... HS coach Steve Parr: "He's been to day camps at Texas Tech and New Mexico, and they've clocked him at 4.36 and 4.37."

Gerard Wicks, RB5-10, 195, Carson, Calif.

Long Beach Poly HS

Rushed for 1,596 yards and became three-star recruit. ... named him No. 10 on its list of RBs in West. ... Leach calls him "really explosive."

Lyman Faoliu, DE

6-2, 275, Vallejo, Calif.

College of San Mateo

Will have three years to play two at WSU. ... Named to ESPN's top 100 JC recruits. ... Leach: "He's an incredible worker."

Robert Lewis, WR

5-10, 160, South Gate, Calif.

South East High School

2012 signee grayshirted, delaying enrollment until January. ... Scored 36 TDs in 2011. ... HS coach Derwin Henderson, a year ago: "He's really the second coming in L.A. of De'Anthony Thomas. In the open field, he's basically impossible to defend."

Ivan McLennan, LB

6-3, 220, Hawthorne, Calif.

El Camino College

Had 9.5 sacks as a sophomore and earned JC All-America honors. ... Leach: "He's an extremely fast outside linebacker, one of the most explosive guys, by position, on the roster here."

B.J. Salmonson, OL

6-5, 285, Everson, Wash.

Nooksack Valley HS

Grayshirted after signing in Leach's first class. ... HS coach Robb Myhre said last year: "His strength is his ability to move. That's what teams are really excited about."

Jacob Seydel, OL

6-6, 285, Riverside, Calif.

Riverside City College

Was a full qualifier out of high school and enrolled at UCLA following freshman year, but returned to Riverside for 2012 season.

Bud Withers

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