BREAKING: WSU's Mike Leach wins Pac-12 battle for CB

HE WON'T OFFICIALLY VISIT Washington State until December or January but Marcus Strong out of Rialto, Calif., has seen what everyone else has this season when it comes to the Cougs. On Thursday evening, he went crimson over a pair of other Pac-12 offers.

"I just committed to Wazzu," Strong out of Carter High told CF.C.

Strong (5-11, 160) said he verballed to WSU over offers from UW, Oregon State and San Jose State. He was listed by Scout.com as a two-star safety prospect but he said he'll be lining up elsewhere.

"Wazzu, they’re looking at me to play corner," said Strong.

Strong's area recruiter is WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson.

"He said they liked the way I played and that he liked my 'game speed,'" said Strong.

"Much like his brother Justin was, Marcus has been a bit overlooked because of high-profile teammates," says Scout.com's Brandon Huffman. "Yet a lot like his brother, he was tough to ignore.  He’s got position versatility, able to play safety and corner, and will project to corner in college.  He can also return kicks and punts."

Strong also doesn't seem long for his current two-star ranking on Scout.com.

"A strong senior season where he was very good at corner will bump him to a three-star at that position in the postseason rankings," said Huffman.

It's also safe to say Wilson built a strong bond with the future Cougar -- Strong pledged Washington State despite saying he has barely talked to his future position coach, WSU d-coordinator and DBs coach Alex Grinch.

"Coach Wilson, he's a good guy, he talks (straight) with a recruit. He kept in contact with me… he cares about you... and also as a student," said Strong, who added that he was planning to talk on the phone with Grinch sometime on Friday.

Strong said he also saw no reason to wait further after seeing what WSU is doing this season as a team and also in Grinch's first year in Pullman helming the Cougar D.

"I like what they’re doing with their program -- they’re flipping things around real big," said Strong. "They’ve gotten into a bowl game this year and they’re starting to come up."

Washington State has 16 known verbals in the 2016 class, with Strong joining ATH Justus Rogers DE Mason Vinyard, CB Isaiah Love, LB Derek Moore, LB Chima Onyeukwu, QB Cody Brewer, WR Grant Porter, CB/Nickel Skyler Thomas, OL Joshua Watson, WR Josiah Westbrook, WR/CB D'Jimon Jones, WR Stephen Houston, CB Jalen Thompson, WR/CB Renard Bell and LB Jihad Woods.


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