BREAKING: Cougs land hard-hitting safety

HE HAS BALL SKILLS, athleticism and he's a physical tackler who earned all-everything honors his junior year after racking up triple digit tackle numbers. But he wasn't sure he was ready to pull the trigger at such an early stage of the recruiting cycle. Yet at the Cougs' final spring scrimmage in Spokane, he saw exactly what he hoped to see, and went crimson.

In 2012 and 2013, it might just turn out opponents won't want to venture in the Bucannon Back Forty.

Safety prospect David Bucannon, brother of standout Cougar safety Deone Bucannon, is Washington State bound.

"It's going to be an honor to play for WSU, my actions and my choices were my own and not influenced by anyone else…I just got one of those feelings when I was up there," said Bucannon, out of Fairfield, Calif.

David (6-2, 175) might be a little taller than Deone (6-1, 186) but both were wearing equally big smiles this past weekend. The younger Bucannon took in the final spring scrimmage and as it turned out, there was a lot riding on it.

"I really didn't know until that weekend. Saturday morning, I had an idea of what I wanted to do – I wanted to watch the defense and see if I liked how they played. If I did, I was going to (commit). And if I didn't, I was going to take some more time," said Bucannon. The No. 1 defense held the No. 2 offense to just three points, but it was the way they went about it that spoke volumes to Bucannon.

"It was moving really soundly, it was more of a swarm action, not just individual plays made by individual players. Everything was really fast, everyone gets to the ball. It was exactly what I wanted to see," said Bucannon.

After the scrimmage, Bucannon told defensive coordinator Chris Ball and then Paul Wulff he wanted to commit.

"(Ball) was pretty ecstatic, he told me to go to coach Wulff, and he was pretty juiced too. (Deone) was happy, he's always been there for me and just encouraged me to make my own decision and choice," said Bucannon.

BUCANNON LED VANDEN HIGH, and his league, with 108 tackles this past season.

He also had 17 receptions for 227 yards and three touchdowns but his best work was covering the back forty, where he was named all-league, all-city and all-region as a defensive back.

Bucannon becomes the second member of WSU's 2012 class, joining WR Dalen Jones.

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