Decision day nearing for Coug CB target

IN ABOUT 48 hours, cornerback Patrick Porter will stand before friends at family and announce his college decision. The Cottondale, Ala. product says he will pick between WSU, Miami and Minnesota. But his recruitment won't end there, he added.

It's been a busy fall and winter for Paul W. Bryant High's Patrick Porter, who holds 19 offers but on Friday, he says he'll announce where he's headed to play his college ball.

"I'm excited and I'm ready to get it over with," Porter said.

But there still appears to be more questions than answers.

"It's between Miami, Washington State and Minnesota. Right now all three of those schools are even for me and I haven't decided where I'll be going yet."

AND REGARDLESS OF WHO he announces for on Friday, Porter says it won't be the only visit he'll take. The 5-11, 170-pounder said he'll trip to WSU on Jan. 17, Minnesota on Jan. 24 and Toledo, who offered him on Tuesday morning, on Jan. 31.

He said he will also visit Miami but is still trying to work out the dates for that official visit.

The question naturally begs; why announce on Friday rather than at the end of his trips?

"I just want to feel at home when I go on my visit," Porter said. "While I'm on a campus and I feel comfortable, I know I'll be good to spend my college days there. At the same time, I'll also know if I'm uncomfortable and if I don't feel like I'm at home."

WHEN ASKED ABOUT Washington State, Porter said he feels a close bond with the WSU coaches.

"I talk with almost all of the coaches and I even spoke with Coach Mike Leach (Monday)," Porter said. "He was telling me how he's ready for me to come up on my visit (Jan. 17) and check the place out. Coach Leach thinks I could be a big asset to their defense and really help the program.

"The fact that they're graduating so many defensive backs sticks out to me too. They have five guys graduating and will need some younger players to come in and compete right away. Some of the other coaches I spoke with said I could make a big difference. They've also asked me about Friday and said they'd support me with whatever choice I made."

Porter said he's also spoken with the Miami and Minnesota coaching staffs this week and it hasn't made his decision any easier.

"With Miami, I spoke with the defensive backs coach Paul Williams and he just reiterated with me that I'd have a jump on other kids coming in because they run a similar defense to what I'm used to at my high school," Porter said. "As for Minnesota, they've been recruiting me for a long time and told me I'm one of their top targets. I think I could go there too and push for some playing time as a freshman."

During this recruiting cycle, Porter has picked up scholarship offers from WSU, Miami, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Mississippi State, North Carolina and several others. He's had his top three of WSU, Miami and Minnesota narrowed down for three weeks now, though. CF.C will have more on Friday after Porter makes his announcement.

  • Closer to home, Pasco to be exact, CF.C this week spoke to Deion Singleton's brother Lionell, who is helping to handle the recruitment of the Chiawana High safety prospect. Lionell said the school of focus right now is WSU and the hope is that Deion will take an official visit there at the end of this month just before Signing Day but... he also said things were still being worked out and no visit date has been set with the school. In transferring from Florida, not all of Deion's credits transferred and that he's about a semester behind, said Lionel, so there's work to be done academically.

  • National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins reports that Washington State will host Norco, Calif. RB Cory Young on Jan. 24, although Young doesn't hold an offer from Washington State. The 5-10, 180-pounder, rated three stars by Scout, has full rides from Boise State, Nevada, San Jose State and New Mexico State.

  • Young won't be the only prospect in town that weekend, with WR Brayden Lenius and and RB Michael Warren also expected to be in Pullman for official visits.

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