Head Coach Nick Rolovich and his recruiting staff have been pretty busy throughout the month of May. It is a tough time to be a recruit, and an even a tougher time to be a recruiting staff. But with that being said, the Cougs now have seven 2021-hard commits, all in the month of May, and it does not look like they plan on slowing down anytime soon.
When we see the Ol’ Crimson GIF tweeted out by Rolo (which has become a pretty often tweet), we know what has just happened, and it shows that the Cougs are piling up some serous skill for the next couple of years. If you were not aware of this procedure, it is pretty simple: when the Cougs receive a new commitment, Rolo teases us as a fan base and throws up the Ol’ Crimson “bat signal” on Twitter. When that is the case, we play the waiting game until we find out who WSU’s newest 2021 commitment is. So far, we have seen the Ol’ Crimson “bat signal” GIF seven times, and I don’t think anyone is getting tired of seeing it pop up on our feeds.
This was the first bat signal we received of the year, on May 1st:
Let’s dive right into the 2021 commitment timeline, shall we?
5/1/2020 – WSU lands WR Orion Peters. He is 3☆ wideout from Inglewood HS, in Inglewood, California. Peters is 5’10, 172 pounds who as a Junior, had 50 receptions, 1,478 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. He also proved his shot as a cornerback, with two interceptions and 36 tackles. He’s got some serious speed and big-play ability (see below). Peters had offers from Arizona State, Virginia Tech, Nevada and more.
5/5/2020 – Christian Hilborn commits to WSU. A 3☆ Offensive Tackle out of Highland HS, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hilborn sits at a bulky 6’5, 280-pound frame. Like Peters, Hilborn played on both sides of the ball for his Highland Rams. On defense, he made 34 tackles, to go along with seven sacks.
Check out his Offensive/Defensive highlights: https://www.hudl.com/profile/9738837/Christian-Hilborn
5/13/2020 – Brock Dieu is heading to the Palouse. Another 3☆ big man to beef up the offensive line. Dieu is a 6’2, 278-pound Offensive Guard out of Casteel HS, in Queen Creek, Arizona. Casteel might sound familiar to some. WSU Redshirt Freshman QB Gunner Cruz was under center with Dieu blocking for him in 2017 as a Casteel Colt, where they won the 3A state championship. Dieu picked WSU over offers from Oregon, Arizona State, Boise State and more.
Peep his 2019 mid-season Junior highlights : https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9340234/5d9d354a7bddc6088c5cfc5b
5/18/2020 – Xavier Young becomes first east coast WSU Commit. Young hails from Amos P. Godby HS, in Tallahassee, Florida. He is a 3☆ Defensive Lineman who sits at 6’4, 240 pounds. This past season, Young had 45 tackles, six TFLs and two quarterback hurries. He had offers from Coastal Carolina, Maryland, Georgia Tech and more.
Here are his Junior season defensive highlights: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/11300931/5ddf4089f569ca111035c67e
5/20/2020 – Andrew Edson is WSU’s first in-state 2021 commit. He’s another 3☆ Defensive Lineman from Mount Si HS, in Snoqualmie, Washington. His 6’3, 240-pound frame made him a speedy lineman with solid Tight End ability as well. Edson had offers from Wyoming, Fresno State, Montana State and more.
Check out his Junior year Offensive and Defensive highlights: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9550949/5de5e6276e8c480c0c78664e
5/21/2020 – Yakima product Ryan Kershaw is heading East. Kershaw is WSU’s sixth commitment for 2021. He is listed as a 3☆ 6’2, 220-pound Outside Linebacker from La Salle HS, in Union Gap, Washington. He was Washington all-state on offense and defense. As an RB, Kershaw had 1,637 rushing yards and 24 TDs, with 390 receiving yards and four receiving TDs. As a DE, Kershaw had 49 tackles, 20 TFL, ten sacks and 22 hurries. He had offers from Montana, Idaho, Air Force and more.
Take a look at his highlights here: https://www.hudl.com/profile/9998510/Ryan-Kershaw/videos
5/22/2020 – Australian Punter Nick Haberer is heading to the States. Yes, you read that right. WSU landed Nick Haberer, a 6’5, 202-pound punter from Melbourne, Australia. He seems to be the front-runner for the punter position following All-Pac-12 punter Oscar Draguicevich III, who is going into his Senior season for WSU. Haberer trains at Prokick Australia, which is a program that has produced 75 scholarship kickers and punters, including Michael Dickson, who us Seattle Seahawk fans have seen flourish over the past couple years in the NFL.
At the time of this article, WSU has had seven 2021 commitments, and it is only May 25th . We are all eager for some football, especially under first-year Head Coach Nick Rolovich in 2020. By the looks of it, his second season as WSU’s leader will show this exciting class of 2021 commitments, with more and more to come!