Standout prep LB warm to Wazzu

CLAREMONT HIGH, the same California school that produced standout Cougar defensive end <b>Isaac Brown</b>, may be sending another talented defender to the Palouse. Star senior-to-be <b>Isaiah Cook</b> is being wooed far and wide but says WSU is among his four favorites along with Ohio State, USC, Miami and Colorado.

Cook told Greg Biggins of that he's a slight lean to OSU at this early stage in the recruiting process, though the Buckyes have yet to make a scholarship offer.

Cook, at 6-1, 185 pounds, looks more like a safety but he hits like a truck, and thus is considered one of the top linebacking prospects on the West Coast.

He's an explosive player who shows up well on film. He knocks opposing ball carriers backward and once he comes to make the tackle, that's the end of the play, according to Biggins.

"Cook does a great job of running right through the ball carrier and has great leg drive. He has very good range and makes plays from sideline to sideline. He's more quick than fast and always seems to be in the right place at the right time," Biggins said.

One advantage that WSU and Colorado may have is that they offered scholies to Cook early. There's an old adage in recruiting circles that schools who show the love the earliest always have a soft spot in the hearts of prospects.

Other schools who are keen on Cook include Nebraska, Colorado State, San Diego State and most of the Pac-10.

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