Future Coug motivated by all-star competition

SANTA ANA -- Cornerback Daquawn Brown of Dorsey High in Los Angeles turned in an impressive series of practices leading up to this evening's nationally televised Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and says the top-tier competition has elevated his game. The future Washington State Cougar talks about that and more ...

"It's been very fun out here, just competing with the top talent from all over the country. It's very intriguing; I'm enjoying the moment right now," Brown said. "You just have to pay attention to detail out here because these are some of the best guys and they can get to you. You just have to step up, play even harder, and play with emotion," he said.

Competing with a group of talented defensive backs, Brown has made a few big plays and plans to continue that trend in tonight's game, which kicks off at 6 Pacific Time and will be carried on the NFL Network.

"I have to keep getting picks, keep doing whatever the coaches want me to do," he said.

Perhaps one of the biggest perks to the week is the opportunity to play alongside lifelong friend and teammate, safety Jayme Otomewo, an Arizona State commit.

"It's like a dream come true. We've been playing ball together from when we were six to know, and to play another game together is so great. It wouldn't be the same if I was playing in this game with anyone else but him. We've worked hard every off-season and all of our hard work has paid off," he said.

Brown committed to Washington State a few weeks ago and has also had the chance to spend some time this week with two other Cougar commits who are on the West roster for tonight's game: linebackers Paulo Lepua and Peyton Pelluer.

"It's great to meet the guys I'm going to be playing with for the next four years and start to bond out here so when we get to school, we'll be clicking," he said.

Brown was adamant about taking his time in making a college choice and therefore feels confident he made the right choice with the Cougars, stating he is "set" with the program.

He chose WSU over Washington, Cal, Arizona State and others.

"I stay in contact with the staff and we have a great relationship. Things are going very well with them," he said.

The 6-foot, 170-pound athlete plans to head to Pullman in August. For now, he's just making sure he does his future team justice in Friday's game.

"It's an honor. It means everything to me. It's the highest acknowledgement I could have in football. I just can't wait to play," he said.

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