Coug DL target has leader but wants to wait

A DEFENSIVE LINEMAN from Texas with a Wazzu offer was in Pullman this past weekend on an unofficial visit. He tells CF.C he left the Palouse beyond impressed with what Mike Leach had to say…

Katy high defensive end Tim Wilkerson was in town last Thursday for a two-day trip with his father. The experience couldn't have gone any better, Wilkerson said, but one thing stood out in particular for the 6-3, 220-pound prospect who is hoping to study neurology in college.

"Well first and foremost, the coaching staff stressed how important education is to their players," Wilkerson said. "I loved that the most about my trip. They were telling me about the different study programs and how education is a focus and they have good graduation rates.

"They also told me about the state of the program and what kind of things that could happen in the future if I do end up committing there. They didn't rush me into a decision or anything, which was another thing I liked. I'm definitely going to consider Washington State, though."

Another highlight for Wilkerson was touring the campus on Thursday, followed by taking in the Cougars afternoon practice.

"I absolutely loved the campus," Wilkerson said. "It was great getting to know the coaches and players and I thought the way they ran practice was great. I loved the intensity that was displayed. Both the coaches and players were getting into it and they took everything seriously. They got work done and handled their business."

WILKERSON IS BEING recruited by the Cougs as a defensive end, but the coaches told him this weekend that there could be an opportunity to also play the BUCK linebacker position.

"They talked about the possibility of both and to be honest I'd love to play both defensive end and outside backer," Wilkerson said. "At the end of the day, though, I'd line up at whatever position they think is best for me and the team."

WSU IS Wilkerson's only offer, but he has been receiving plenty of interest as of late from Texas Tech, Boise State and Yale. Wilkerson doesn't have any other trips scheduled for this spring, but said that he will take a trip to Boise to visit the Broncos after his school year ends in June. Wilkerson added that he is in no rush to make a college decision.

He did say following the weekend that the Cougs hold a slight advantage in his recruiting.

"I'm kind of weighing my options and giving everything a chance," Wilkerson said. "I'm going to see how things play out, but my interest was raised in WSU after this weekend. It was great to see the campus and all the remodeling that's going on. I know if I do end up going there, I can focus on school and football. Those are the two most important things to me and Pullman gives me the best chance to focus on that."

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