Wazzu trip an eye opener for 3-star LB

THE FINAL SCORE wasn't what the fans wanted to see at Martin Stadium Saturday but it had little effect on the weekend for linebacker prospect Dejon Brown. The three-star recruit, in town for an official visit, raved about his trip to the Palouse. A big assist belongs to Bill Moos, who made a lasting impression with his vision of the future of Cougar football. Here's what he had to say to CF.C...

Coming into his official visit, Brown (6-3, 235) had already decided he wasn't going to be making a verbal commitment. But he said his trip to Pullman over the weekend was definitely an eye opener.

"It went really well," Brown said. "That atmosphere was great at the game and I really like the campus life. They are building new facilities too and you can tell it's a program on the rise."

WSU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Bill Moos did a great job of of painting that picture of the future, Brown said.

"I think my favorite part of the trip was hearing from their athletic director," Brown said. "You can tell he cares about the players and he is the one who is behind all of the new facilities and advancements going on with the program. He wants to change the landscape of WSU and bring in the best of everything.

"He (Moos) sees WSU being an elite program in the future. He showed us how everything at the school has changed since he got there. He shows interest in the overall improvement -- and I really liked that."

Another highlight, said Brown, was feeling the energy that the Cougar Nation showcased at Martin Stadium on Saturday.

"They lost that night, but you could tell the crowd was going to be into the game no matter the outcome," Brown said. "I enjoyed the support they were showing. Even when they were going down by a lot, the fans were still there showing them love. That was good to see."

BROWN WAS HOSTED by starting middle linebacker Darryl Monroe. The redshirt sophomore, who finished with seven total tackles on Saturday, made quite an impact on Brown during the visit.

"We talked quite a bit and we really got to know each other," Brown said. "We play similar and I could tell we have the similar mindset on the field. He showed me around campus and introduced me to a lot of the guys on the team.

"Usually on visits, you spend a lot of time with the coaches but it was great to be around the players that are successful on the team, and have them give you a true perspective on how things would be if I decided to go there."

HE ALSO DID spend time with the coaching staff and enjoyed speaking with area recruiter and inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson.

"We spoke while I was out there and we've already had a conversation over the phone since I've been back," Brown said. "We're allowed to talk once a week and we do that. We have a good relationship going right now. We make sure to catch up on everything and he checks in on me to make sure I'm keeping my grades up and if I'm on top of things."

BROWN REITERATED THAT he won't make his decision until after his season with Mt. San Jacinto College and that he wants to focus on his JC team for the time being, rather than focus on recruiting.

Brown has taken an official visit to Iowa State, in addition to WSU, and will trip to Tennessee at some point next month.

"I'm still pretty even right now," Brown said. "I am going to keep in touch with Washington State, though. This trip definitely raised my interest in them.

I was interested before, but seeing everything in person kind of opened up my eyes a little bit. It was my first time ever traveling to Washington and as soon as I got there, everything was pretty nice."

Brown said he remains on pace to graduate in December and will have three years to play two.

For highlights (disregard the errant graphic that says he's a 2016 prospect) of his current season ay Mt. Sac, CLICK HERE.

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