DE prospect with Coug offer to visit WSU soon

KEEP AN EYE on a versatile defensive end prospect from Texas. He says the Cougs got on him early in the recruiting process and were the first school to offer him a scholarship. He'll also be in Pullman next month for an unofficial visit.

Katy High product Tim Wilkerson checks in at 6-3, 220-pounds -- he was a monster in the trenches this past season and was one of the defensive leaders for a Katy Team who captured the 5A District II Texas State Championship.

In 2012, Wilkerson recorded 63 tackles (15 for loss), four sacks and one forced fumble. That led to recruiting interest from the Washington State coaching staff, who offered the run stopper last week. It was Wilkerson's first offer.

"It was really important and special to me," Wilkerson said. "The coaches I've talked with seem like really good guys and I'm really looking forward to getting up there to check out the campus and meet with some of the players."

Wilkerson and his father will travel to the Palouse in April for a few days. Wilkerson's father was equally excited as his son that Leach and the Cougs are showing plenty of interest.

"He was very happy about it," Wilkerson said. "We both think he's a great coach and we watched him during his Texas Tech days.

"I think it would be a great opportunity for me to go up there and play for him."

WHAT IS IT that has the Cougar coaches interested?

"They like my size and my technique," Wilkerson said. "The coaches liked my highlight tape and they saw good potential for me to be able to make a difference in college. They're recruiting me as a defensive end and I think I could fit in their system. I don't know much about WSU, but the coaches said they run the same defense as my high school.

"I also checked out their website to do some research on the school and it all looked pretty good."

Although WSU is Wilkerson's only offer, he said that teams like Boise State, Texas A&M and Yale are showing increased interest and could be offering soon.

Wilkerson, who was a 5A First-Team All District 19 selection, added that there are a few things in particular that he's hoping for in a college.

"I'm definitely looking for a good education," Wilkerson said. "I want to study neurology and want to go to a school where the program graduates a lot of their players. I also am looking for a good environment. I'd like to go to a nice college town where I could see myself living for the next 4-5 years.

"Distance won't matter for me either. As long as I feel comfortable with the school, then I'll be happy. My parents said they're supportive of where I decide to go too."

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