WSU CB target: 'Cougs aren't messing around'

IT'S CLEAR THAT 3-star cornerback and UCLA soft verbal Denzel Fisher had a monster in-home visit with WSU assistant coach and area recruiter Dennis Simmons. But recruiting is not only about bonding with the prospect, it's also about building trust and a relationship with the parents. From what Fisher tells, Simmons gets full marks in that area too.

Denzel Fisher (6-2, 170) out of Compton, after his official visit to WSU last month, said he had a really great time but that he was still solid to UCLA. He sounded less so after Dennis Simmons' in-home visit this week.

"UCLA, I'm still committed but man, Washington State is buzzing in! They're not playing games," Fisher told

Simmons was in the Fisher living room from about 7-11:30 on Monday night, the 6-2, 170-pound corner from Compton said.

Fisher said he really didn't have a lot of questions during the sit-down. So what did Simmons talk about for four-and-a-half hours?

"Mostly it was my parents who asked questions... they think he's a great guy. They think Washington State is a great school. They can see me going there," said Fisher.

FISHER, WHO STARRED at Centennial High, said he was jazzed about what would await him out on the Palouse if he did choose to sign with Washington State.

For starters, Cougar true freshman corner Daquawn Brown, who is Fisher's god-brother, emerged this season for the Cougs. He played in all 12 games, racking up 50 tackles and two interceptions, and led the team with five pass breakups.

"(WSU) is talking about the opportunities I would have there -- and they all sound great... we talked about a lot of stuff (such as) the campus, what I can do coming into the program and the great things going on there," said Fisher.

Fisher racked up 105 tackles (70 solo) on a 1-9 Centennial teams this season according to maxpreps. He picked off four throws and was credited with 18 passes defended. He also had 35 receptions for 440 yards and two TDs on offense, plus another 111 yards rushing.

His 1,321 all-purpose yards included 314 hashes on kickoff returns, 299 on punt returns and 157 in interception return yardage.

FISHER SAID HE plans to make his final-final decision in January.

An official visit is scheduled to UCLA on Jan. 17. He said he hopes to also take a trip to Oregon State as well but no date had been finalized.

OSU was coming in Wednesday for an in-home and Oregon is scheduled to come by Centennial on Thursday to visit with Fisher.

FISHER IS RANKED the No. 38 corner in the land by and a three-star prospect.

He's earned double-digit offers this recruiting cycle from WSU, UCLA, USC, Oregon State, Utah, Purdue and others. He officially visited Washington State and Utah in November.

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