BREAKING: Leach and WSU score long, tall CB

WHEN IT COMES to junior college recruiting, Mike Leach and Washington State like the way College of San Mateo rolls. The Cougs landed a long, tall cornerback this weekend, a guy who will join a WSU roster that already has three CSM products on it for 2013.

"I verbally committed to Washington State," Joe Turner (6-2, 190, 4.4) told CF.C.

Cougars Justin Sagote, Lyman Faoliu and Devonte McClain are all products of College of San Mateo.

"Every one of those guys, I can say that they are players," said Turner.

WSU is looking for Turner, who can range wide and who also excels in run support, to come in and immediately challenge for playing time in 2014. Jim Mastro ran the recruiting point for the Cougs.

"Coach Mastro said they have visions of putting me in there as the boundary corner. They said they really loved my length, athleticism and how I cover so much of the field. And because of my height I can almost pay safety, both sides of the field – I'm interchangeable," said Turner.

"He's a physical cornerback who is athletic and has great length," CSM defensive coordinator Tim Tulloch says. "He's one of those guys where it doesn't matter who is in front of him. He can press a big receiver and he can go toe-to-toe with anyone. He's also a hard worker and a good kid character-wise. He cares about what he does out there."

Turner is the ninth verbal pledge for WSU in a class that includes K Tristan Vizcaino, CB Kevin Griffin, WR Calvin Green, WR Keith Harrington, WR Zaire Andre, LB Greg Hoyd, NT/DE Marcus Griffin and QB Peyton Bender.

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WSU KEPT ON Turner when the calendar turned to summer, and that played a big part in his decision.

"I always felt like WSU was recruiting me heavily. After recruiting slowed down in the spring, they were still always on me, making sure I was alright. They they were there from the beginning -- I always felt like I was a priority for Washington State," said Turner.

Turner as a freshman this past season had 21 tackles, three interceptions and five pass break-ups for CSM.

He'll take his official visit to Washington State during CSM's bye week, on Oct. 12 when the Cougs play host to Oregon State.

Turner is scheduled to graduate in December and will have three-to-play-two at Washington State.

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