Washington State earns commitments from trio of transfers in short succession
The good news came fast and furious Saturday afternoon for Washington State coach Jake Dickert and the Cougars.
In the span of an hour, the Cougs earned transfer commitments from three different playmakers. Former UNLV wideout Kyle Williams, former Fresno State wideout Josh Kelly, and former Maryland linebacker Ahmad McCullogh all announced their commitment to Wazzu on social media.
Williams spent three seasons at UNLV. He’ll have three seasons to play two with the Cougars.
A Freshman All-America Second Team selection in 2020 (The Athletic), Williams started all six games for the Rebels as a true freshman. He produced 426 yards and two touchdowns on 35 receptions. The 6-foot receiver became just the fourth UNLV player to earn Freshman All-America honors since the formation of the Mountain West.
He totaled 82 receptions for 1,142 yards and seven touchdowns over the next two seasons (19 appearances).
Enough said pic.twitter.com/pHdoV7H1qa
— Kyle Williams (@k_mmoneyyyy) January 7, 2023
Kelly put up 1,315 yards and four touchdowns on 86 catches over three years with the Fresno State program.
The 6-foot-1 wideout took a redshirt as a true freshman in 2019 but earned a starting role for the 2020 season and finished with 330 yards and a touchdown on 22 receptions in six games.
He was an All-Mountain West honorable mention selection in 2021 after putting up 52 receptions, 778 yards, and three touchdowns. This past fall, injuries limited Kelly to just five games. He put up 163 yards on 10 catches. He’ll have two years to play for the Cougars.
— Kellz (@kellz_0404) January 7, 2023
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound McCullough comes to Wazzu after five years playing at home. A Baltimore native, he appeared in 33 games with seven starts.
He started twice this past season and ended the year with 45 tackles, three tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, and a sack across 12 games. It was his most productive year yet.
Across 17 appearances in 2020 and 2021, McCullough put up 44 combined tackles with 2.5 TFLs.
McCullough’s transfer gives the Cougs a sorely-needed linebacker after that group was hit hard with attrition since the 2022 season came to a close.
All-Pac-12 outside linebacker Daiyan Henley is headed to the NFL. Francisco Mauigoa and Travion Brown transferred to Miami and Arizona State, respectively. Junior Kyle Thornton is the only returning linebacker with playing experience for the Cougs, who are also still without a permanent defensive coordinator or linebacker coach following the departure of Brian Ward.
— Ahmad “AMAC” McCullough (@_amaud19) January 7, 2023