Washington State on top for speedy JUCO WR Marquise Brown

THE DECISION TO head to a junior college following high school has paid off big time for wide receiver Marquise Brown. In his first two games, the 5-11, 170-pounder has six touchdowns, leading to four scholarship offers. One of the programs to put a tender on the table was Washington State, who Brown told Cougfan.com is at the top of his list.

Originally out of Chaminate Madonna High in Florida, Brown graduated in 2016, but said he wasn't recruited much. Thus, he made the decision to leave home and family and attend College of the Canyons in California. And with WSU reaching out, it’s all been worth it.

“They offered me last Thursday,” Brown said. “I spoke with Coach JaMarcus Shephard and I also spoke to Coach (Dave) Emerick. Shepard is the main coach who recruits me. It was a good moment for me. I’ve been waiting for that since high school and I finally got it.”

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WSU was the first program to offer the 5-11, 170-pounder, but he’s since received scholarships from Weber State, Middle Tennessee and North Carolina Central. In addition, Brown said he’s also received interest from Oregon, Oregon State, Boise State, Central Florida and Minnesota.

He didn’t hesitate in saying the Cougs are on top, though.

“They’re my leader right now,” Brown said. “I like that they throw the ball a lot. I like Coach Shephard a lot a swell. We have a good relationship going right now and the offense they run is big for a wide receiver.”

Brown is off to a big start this fall. In three games, he has 13 receptions for 255 yards and five touchdowns. He added an 84-yard kickoff return for score in a Week Two win over Orange Coast.

In that victory, Brown had five receptions for 151 yards and three scores. His performance earned him Conference Player of the Week honors.

“I’ve got six touchdowns on the year – I’ve just been eating the good skittles before games,” he quipped.

Brown, a full qualifier out of high school, said he’ll be one-and-done at College of the Canyons and will enroll at an FBS program in January. He’s planning on taking his official visits before making his decision and WSU will be getting a trip.

“I’ll be visiting Washington State on Nov. 25 when they play Washington,” Brown said. “I spoke with Coach Shephard about that. He told me to keep killing it until then and that the team really wants me. He said they’ll be encouraging me every week.”

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