On the heels of picking up QB transfer Luke Del Rio, who has now signed the paper work to transfer to Oregon St. from Alabama, it appears that coach Mike Riley is working on adding another transfer.
Rahmel Dockery, who was a 3 star WR prospect out of Curtis High in University Place, WA, a Tacoma suburb, in the 2011 class,that Oregon St. originally recruited, is working through the process to become a Beaver.
Dockery, who is from the heart of Husky country, just down the road from the Washington campus, ultimately chose Washington St., who had originally recruited him when Paul Wulff was head coach, over offers from Oregon St., Hawaii, and Idaho.
Dockery wound up greyshirting due to academic needs, despite a 3.2 high school GPA, before joining Washington St. under then new coach Mike Leach, and his staff, which decided to move him from WR to CB, as the Cougars had a large supply of receivers, which we continued to see last season, but deficiencies on defense.
Dockery left the team for a short time in 2012, unhappy about the move, but returned, and wound up red-shirting that year.
As Cougcenter and Cougfan both reported last fall, his embracing of his new role was brief. An ankle injury in the first practice of last fall's camp led to acrimony over ankle taping, and Dockery decided once again to jump off the Pirate ship in Pullman, despite, or possibly because of, his close connection with Coug QB Connor Halliday.
Dockery left Washington St., and sat out last season, but would have 3 seasons left.
Dockery is a speedster, somewhat in the Brandin Cooks / Victor Bolden mold, at 5'10" and 165 lbs. coming out of high school. He has run a 4.45 40, which will get a lot of people's attention, including Riley and Oregon St. offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, who originally recruited him.
While Dockery's saga certainly raises some red flags, its also possible he's a casualty of Leach's "my way or the highway" approach, and a perfect candidate for a Riley reclamation project.