Prep Florida BUCK intrigued by Coug offer

WASHINGTON STATE'S recruiting toehold in Florida began under the previous staff but Mike Leach appears ready to dive back into the Sunshine State. The Cougs have offered a highly touted prep defensive end who holds over 20 full rides and tells CF.C he is in the process of scheduling official visits. Will WSU land one of his five trips?

Palm Beach Gardens product Malik Brown just recently showed up on the Cougars' radar, but he now holds a crimson offer in his back pocket and is very intrigued with what Washington State has to offer.

"I was very excited when I got that offer from them," Brown told CF.C recently. "Coach Sal (DL coach Joe Salave'a) called me and it was actually my first time hearing from Washington State. I hadn't heard from them before, but since then Coach Sal and I have been talking almost every week."

Salave'a, who would be Brown's future position coach if he pulls the trigger on WSU, has developed a strong bond with Brown in their short time communicating.

"He's a really nice down to earth guy," Brown said. "He told me he's from Miami so that's pretty close to where I'm from which is cool. He told me that they have a good program at Washington State and it's possible for me to get some early playing time if I go there."

Brown was listed at 6-3, 215 pounds prior to his senior year but says he's more like 6-3.5, 230 these days. Through 10 games this season he had eight sacks for Dwyer High at defensive end. As a junior he had 13 sacks among his 55 tackles.

The WSU staff is recruiting him at BUCK linebacker, but Brown said he could also be a threat on the defensive line.

"They really like that I can run and hit," Brown said of the WSU coaches. "I'm a physical player, but more importantly, I'm versatile. I can drive to the flat and I can rush the passer. I can move on the inside as well and be comfortable at that position."

Brown holds 23 offers, including Mississippi State, South Florida, Syracuse, Purdue, Kentucky and several others in addition to Washington State.

Brown has scheduled only one trip so far, to Syracuse this weekend.

"I'm focusing on my season and then will go through that process," said Brown. "But it's a very big possibility that Washington State will get one of those visits.

"There's a lot about WSU that I like. They're a young team right now and I feel like my style of play could fit into their program. I also like Coach Leach. People say he is a great coach and it's going to be nice if I could get to know him."

Brown, who said he doesn't have a top five set, said he will likely wait until signing day to make a decision.

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Two Cougar starters in 2012 hailed from Florida -- linebacker Darryl Monroe started all 12 games and wide receiver Isiah Myers got the starting nod in five contests. WR Henry Eaddy and recently departed CB Spencer Waseem also came from Florida to WSU in that same 2011 recruiting class.

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