February 2, 2011
Washington State lands three area football recruits; Sheldon's Simmons decommits from Portland State to accept WSU offer

By Joe Davidson

Suddenly, Washington State is looking like it has made an impressive haul of football talent today, National Signing Day.

Coach Paul Wulff, he of the Davis High School roots, vowed to mine the Sacramento region hard in terms of recruiting, and he has.

WSU received three letters of intent from Sacramento-area players today, a sure boost to a Cougars program that has been short on talent and short on wins in the power-packed Pacific-10 Conference.

WSU's local pipeline today includes:

Darryl Paulo of Grant, a tackling machine who led the Pacers feared defense with 158 stops.

T.J. Poloai of Burbank, the dominant lineman nephew of former Burbank basketball great Peni Vaefaga

Mansel Simmons of Sheldon, a superb blocking tight end with good hands who de-committed with Portland State to accept the WSU deal. Simmons had given a verbal commitment to Portland State over the weekend, but verbals are not legally binding. It is entirely legal for programs to still recruit players until he formally signs an offer.

Simmons deemed the chance to compete in the Pac-10 too good a challenge to pass up, Sheldon coach Josh Crabtree said.

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