Leach and Alabama CB forge a connection

WASHINGTON STATE AND Miami have done battle for a couple recruits in recent years, and it looks like another duel is shaping up for the Class of 2014. Cornerback prospect Patrick Porter will trip out to Washington State later this month but until then, he's making due by picking up the phone and dialing up Mike Leach.

Porter isn't your typical Mike Breske cornerback – the Cougs' defensive coordinator likes tall CBs, in the 6-2 range if they can get ‘em. So when Wazzu offers a corner who checks in at 5-11.5, 169-pounds like Porter out of Paul W Bryant High in Cottondale, Ala. does, it's pretty clear Leach and Breske like him a lot.

The feeling is mutual, as Porter explains.

"Coach Mike Leach at Washington State… I talk to (him) at least once or twice a week," said Porter. "He's a great coach but he's also a great person. He wants you to do the right things in life, not just in football, so you can be a better man."

It's also appealing, Porter said, that Wazzu has let him know they have five cornerbacks on the roster who are graduating after this season.

"I have a chance where I can come in and start my freshman year," said Porter.

PORTER'S SCHEDULED HIS official visit to the Palouse for Nov. 23, when the Cougs host Utah.

Although he's also been in continual contact with Miami, he doesn't have a date scheduled with them yet for an official trip.

"I just talked to them today…the coaches are great, they have good players and it wouldn't be too big an adjustment because we play a similar defense," said Porter.

Porter also said the Miami coaches have let him know they're in good shape as a program and won't be significantly affected by the recent NCAA ruling. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/writer/bruce-feldman/24121815/source-no-further-post-season-ban-for-miami

Porter said WSU and Miami are standing out most among his offering schools, which also include Cincinnati, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and North Carolina. Cincinnati, he said, is also turning his head a little more these days.

Porter said he's likely to use most or all of his official visits before making the decision on his college choice.

"I want to make sure that when I make the decision, I make the right decision," said Porter.

NOTABLE NOTE:
  • Miami pried loose Cougar tight end verbal Asante Cleveland at the last moment before Signing Day in 2010. This past December, just before the early junior college signing period, Miami offered BUCK Ivan McLennan at the eleventh hour to try and get him to also flip but McLennan stuck with the Cougs.

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