Three-star CB feeling it from Cougs

THREE-STAR CORNERBACK prospect Denzel Fisher has been feeling the love from Washington State. After receiving an offer two weeks ago, the Cougs immediately became a favorite for the 6-2, 170-pounder. But before that offer even arrived, WSU was already a school that stood out to him. There's a good reason for that, and it could pay off for the Cougs down the road.

Daquawn Brown, a member of the Cougs' 2013 signing class, hasn't set foot on campus yet, but he's already making a difference for Washington State off the field. Countless times over the last few weeks, Brown, whose nickname is Cheetah, picks up the phone and calls Fisher.

"You do it yet?" Brown asks Fisher. "Have you committed to Wazzu?"

Brown and Fisher are godbrothers and have been close on the gridiron since they were young boys in the pee-wee football ranks. Brown is now a key recruiter for WSU in trying to convince Fisher, who holds five offers, to pledge crimson.

"He's a big reason as to why I'm taking a hard look at them," Fisher said. "I've always wanted to play on the same field as him. It would be great for us to be on the same defense and line up opposite of one another at corner and lock things down.

"We talk a lot about the Cougs and he's always telling me it's a place where I need to be. He asks me almost everyday where I'm at with recruiting and he tells me he wants me up there at WSU with him."

IT'S NOT ONLY Brown who has Fisher interested in WSU. Running back Gerard Wicks has also reached out via twitter to sing the praises of Washington State. The message Brown and Wicks are sending to Fisher is simple: the future is bright.

"They're both telling me that it's a program on the rise and good things are coming," Fisher said. "They have new facilities coming in and there's excitement around the program. On top of that, the coaching staff is great. From their side, I've heard nothing but good things about WSU and it adds to my interest, no doubt."

The lead recruiter from the WSU coaching staff for the Compton, Calif. product is outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons. The second-year assistant has made strong connections on the recruiting trail for the Cougs since he arrived to Pullman last season and he's doing more of the same with Fisher.

"We talk quite a bit and we have a really good relationship," Fisher said. "He makes sure to stay in contact with me and he's a cool dude. He's himself around me and I really like that. Coach Simmons has also said things are on the rise for the Cougs and once you get to campus, you're helped a lot academically. He wants me to be a part of everything up there."

Fisher added that he almost pulled the trigger in committing to Washington State last week, but decided that it would be best for him to enjoy the process and not rush a decision. The Centennial High senior-to-be also holds offers from San Diego State, San Jose State, Hawaii and Utah in addition to Washington State. He's also receiving plenty of interest from Oregon, Purdue, Arizona, Utah, Washington, UCLA and USC.

WITH HIS SIZE and athletic ability, it's clear why dozens of colleges are actively recruiting him. As a junior in 2012, Fisher, the 46th ranked CB in the country by, had 76 tackles, five interceptions and one forced fumble.

"I have great range for my height and I'm quick to the ball," Fisher said. "I'm not the biggest guy, but I'm a strong competitor. I have a lot of belief in myself and I can cover anyone out on the field. I think I can bring that talent to the college level and make a difference."

Fisher is planning on visiting San Diego State and San Jose State later this spring and is currently in the works with the WSU coaching staff about setting up an unofficial visit. He added that he's going to take his time with his recruitment and try and keep things as even as possible, but the Cougs will undoubtedly be a team near the top throughout his process.

"UCLA is pressing me a little bit right now and sending me stuff every day," Fisher said. "I feel like all the schools recruiting me are giving me a lot of attention, though. I'm going to sit down with my parents and talk about my top five here pretty soon. I'll show everyone some love, but I can say that WSU is up there."

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