‘Bama CB Porter talks commitment level, Cougs

ALABAMA CORNERBACK Patrick Porter tells Cougfan.com he came away surprised, very surprised, by his visit to Washington State this past weekend. But with the 5-11.5, 170-pounder also scheduled to take two more official visits before Signing Day, what's the strength of his verbal commitment to Washington State? Cougfan.com asked him about that and more…

Porter out of Bryant High in Cottondale, Ala. Is a soft-spoken man of few words. He got a little amped up however when talking about his time out on the Palouse.

"It felt like home to me," said Porter. "It wasn't too much of a change, I had thought it would be. And it was better than I thought, I didn't think it was going to be that good… but it was way better."

Is Porter still planning on official visits to Minnesota and Toledo?

"Yes. I'm just going to check it out, get a view of everything. I haven't been there yet and they've been recruiting me hard, I want to give them the chance for me to come up there and check them out," said Porter.

So how would he characterize his commitment level to Washington State?

"One-hundred percent," said Porter.

PORTER SAID HE spent the most time talking to Mike Breske, the Cougs' defensive coordinator who also coaches the defensive backs.

"He told me he wanted me to come in and be a playmaker…to come in and (compete) right off the top…He talked about press-man, they wanted to play more press-man this year and he thought I could be the guy who could do that," said Porter.

Porter also said he had a long talk with Mike Leach towards the end of his trip.

"Coach Leach talked to how they graduate their players and about me coming in and being able to play and make a big impact on the team," said Porter. "He said the Pac-12 produces good receivers and it will be good experience for me to be able to match up with those receivers."

PORTER CHOSE Washington State earlier this month over offers from Miami, Minnesota and 16 other college programs.

"The visit to Washington State went great," said Porter. "It was just everything about it – the facilities, meeting the coaches and getting to know some of the players…I didn't know what to look for but once I got there, it opened up my eyes a lot.

"It was just a great place. The biggest thing is it was way, way better than I had thought it would be. I thought it would be much different than here (in Alabama) but it wasn't. I really had no clue what it would be like."


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