PACKAGE DEAL: Cougs land Texan twins

THEY'RE TALKED ABOUT a lot but package deals in recruiting don't often come to fruition. But for a pair of twins out of Missouri City, Texas, they'll both be playing their football out on the Palouse, after having gone crimson earlier this week. Also, with the two CB/WR-types verbally committing, what does it mean for the 2012 class going forward?

Vershad Jackson and Rashad Jackson, just outside of Houston at Marshall High, have gone crimson. The duo made their decision following a recent unofficial visit to WSU last week.

"It was just such a great atmosphere -- the coaches, the players, the students there for summer school. It's a college town, there aren't any distractions. It was just a great fit for us," said Vershad.

The brothers come from a solid Texas high school program at Marshall and their speed, their 40 times are consistently in the 4.4 range, is part of what caught WSU's eye, says Vershad. Both project to come to Wazzu as cornerbacks, but receiver isn't out of the question.

"I've run a 4.38, my brother was timed at a 4.37. They said they liked our speed and our playmaking skills, and that we have great feet in coverage," he said.

WSU area recruiter Todd Howard made an early impression, Vershad said, and then he and his brother made an instant connection with Jody Sears and the rest of the coaching staff while they were in town.

"Coach Sears was a great guy, he took us all around and introduced us to everyone. That was a great deal," he said.

With two more CB/WR type pledges in the fold and 10 known verbals, the Cougars moving forward are expected to emphasize the OL and RB positions in a class projected to number 18-20 when Signing Day rolls around in February.

The twins check in at around 5-10, 165 pounds, said Vershad, and held offers from UTEP and North Texas. Both were named 21-4A - First Team as juniors, Vershad at corner and Rashad at quarterback. Rashad has lined up at QB, WR, KR, PR and CB while Vershad plays both CB and KR.

Vershad logged 51 tackles with 14 pass breakups and five interceptions as a junior. Rashad on offense rushed for 440 yards and 10 touchdowns on 73 carries, and threw for another 10 scores and 1,247 yards.

The Jacksons become the ninth and tenth known verbal commits in the 2012 class, joining WR Travis Gardner, DT Maurice Bennett, RB Terrell Davis, S Taylor Taliulu, QB Austin Apodaca, MLB Jordan Pulu, S David Bucannon and WR Dalen Jones. The Cougs are projected to take 18-20 in the 2012 class when Signing Day arrives in February.

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