JUCO DT has WSU official visit date

WASHINGTON STATE is eyeing a junior college defensive tackle out of Mt. San Jacinto College. Sam Schwab doesn't yet hold a Cougar offer, but he does have an official visit set up with WSU. When he does travel to Pullman, one of his highly touted teammates will also join him.

Checking in at 6-3, 295-pounds, Schwab put up some significant numbers for Mt. San Jacinto's defense in 2012. He recorded 67 tackles, nine sacks and forced three fumbles. Those numbers caught the eye of plenty of college coaches, including Washington State.

"I haven't been offered by Washington State yet, but I've been talking a lot with Coach Ken Wilson and Coach Joe Salave'a," Schwab said. "Both coaches told me they see me fitting in and that they thought my strength was through the roof. They think I could come in right away and be a leader for the team."

THAT LEADERSHIP ROLE is one Schwab has had at his JC since he arrived on campus. Schwab was named a defensive captain as a freshman last season, becoming the first true frosh to earn that honor in 10 years at Mount Sac. He'll also be the head captain in 2013 for his team.

"I like being the guy that players on the team can look up to," Schwab said. "Coach Salave'a said he noticed how I took control of the team and he really liked that. He has a lot of experience being a leader too and he also had a great career in the NFL. I enjoy talking with both him and Coach Ken. He (Wilson) and I talk every week and we've developed a good relationship. I'm really hoping the Cougs offer me soon."

Schwab, who was a full qualifier out of high school, holds offers from North Carolina State, Boise State, Illinois, Utah State and Baylor. However, he said Oregon and WSU are his top two choices right now and that UCLA would round his top three.

"With Washington State, I really like the coaches, but I also have family from there," Schwab said. "My dad's entire side of the family is from Washington. Half of them live in Spokane and the other half live about 30 miles west of WSU. When I told them the Cougars were recruiting me, they all kept telling me how much I'd love the campus and how I had to get out there for a visit."

SCHWAB WILL TRIP to the Palouse on Oct. 12 for an official visit and he will be joined by Mt. San Jacinto linebacker Dejon Brown (see notable notes). The Cougars will take on Oregon State that weekend.

"I'm super excited to get up there for a visit," Schwab said. "I like how with WSU, it's a new coaching staff and they're all hungry to work toward a championship. They have new facilities too and when the coaches came and saw me at school, they kept telling me how they're working on building something strong. It's a program on the rise and I think it'd be a blast to be a part of that process."

Schwab, who will graduate in December and have three years to play two, also said that he's hoping to make his decision in the near future.

"As a leader of my team, I want to be able to have us ready to compete for a bowl game and get a championship," Schwab said. "Because of that, I want to make my decision sooner rather than later. That way, I'll be able to focus on where I'm going and I can get down to it and get the rings for guys on our team."

Joining Schwab on his official visit to Pullman will be 6-3, 235-pound linebacker Dejon Brown. Brown currently holds offers from Washington State, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Iowa State and New Mexico. In 2012, Brown had 81 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions. Brown is also on pace to graduate in December and will have three years to play two.

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