Washington State lands QB on first day of signing period

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State got a quarterback and a pair of running backs among at least 16 players the Cougars signed Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.

Gunner Cruz of Gilbert, Arizona, is 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. The running backs are Jamir Thomas of Massillon, Ohio, and Jouvensly Bazil of Naples, Florida.

Washington State, which is seeking a school-record 11th victory against Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28, also signed receivers Billy Pospisil III of Arvada, Colorado, and Donovan Ollie of Wylie, Texas.

Coach Mike Leach added three players in the defensive secondary, three offensive linemen, three linebackers and two defensive linemen.