BREAKING: Leach wins Pac-12 battle for corner

MIKE LEACH LANDED a big commitment on Monday afternoon, a highly sought cornerback out of Los Angeles with multiple Pac-12 offers. CF.C spoke to Daquawn Brown following his verbal pledge and as striking as his play out on the football gridiron has been, his words were just as compelling...

Daquawn Brown (6-0, 170) out of Dorsey High is headed to Washington State.

"I am so excited," said Brown. "I just felt that I needed to be a Coug. I just got off the phone with Coach Mike Leach a few minutes ago.

"Coach Leach was saying it's the best news he's had this week, he was just so happy and excited."

BROWN HAD WHITTLED his way down to two schools over the course of the recruiting season -- the Cougs and the Huskies.

The official visits played a key role in the end.

"I told the coaches I was going to be ready to make my decision after the visit to Washington (this past weekend) -- and after that visit to Washington I knew where I wanted to go," said Brown. "With the Washington visit, there was nothing bad about it or anything, it was okay. But it just didn't have the same vibe that I got from Washington State."

"With Washington State, I loved my visit (Nov. 10). They treated me a like a Coug as soon as I got there. The people there at Washington State, they're already my family...I just felt so much support when I went down there, and I felt they were being honest with me. I'm already familiar with so many players there and even the ones I didn't know, it was easy to feel the right vibe."

IT BECAME APPARENT during the 2012 season the Cougars needed to shore up at the cornerback spot, the position was a revolving door at times. Can Brown come in and make an early case for playing time?

"Hey, they're not recruiting me to sit," said Brown. "If I put my mind to it, if I work hard like I'm going to, I can earn it."


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IN ADDITION TO the Huskies, Brown also held offers from Arizona State, Cal, UCLA plus Boise State and others.

"It's not a popularity contest for me," said Brown. "I know I could have gone to other schools people think of as a bigger name, but Washington State is where I really felt "it" ... This is where I'm going to play, this is the school that I love."

Brown didn't completely close the door on an official to Boise State in January. But his praise of the WSU coaching staff was effusive. The Cougs have spent the past several months letting Brown know just how much they wanted to see him in crimson. Mike Leach has yet to have his first and only in-home visit with him but area recruiter Dennis Simmons and DC/Secondary coach Mike Breske made strong impressions down in L.A. this month.

"These guys are already my family," said Brown. "We'd talk almost every day, three times a week at least...we touched base and connected, we understand each other very well.

"Coach Breske has always seemed very fired up about having me. I like his scheme, he's a really good coach and they just need a few guys there to really make that defense go. I'm very excited about this team and the decision I have made."

  • Brown will be reunited with Cougar LB Jeremiah Allison at Washington State. Allison also prepped at Dorsey High but the connection between the two goes much further than high school teammates. Allison and Brown have been playing football together since they were around seven years old.

  • Brown becomes the 23rd member of the 2013 class that includes two holdovers from 2012 (B.J. Salmonson and Robert Lewis.) The Cougs are expected to oversign, and could take as many as 28-29 on LOI Day in February.

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