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The crimson connection behind why Wazzu offered a North Carolina 4-star linebacker

WHY WOULD the Cougars throw their recruiting hat in the ring for a sought North Carolina 4-star linebacker prospect? It turns out there’s a crimson connection.

WSU special teams coach Eric Mele during his playing days at William Patterson lined up on defense with Tisdale's dad, Bobby Fisher. (Mele also coached at Wingate in North Carolina for four years before coming to Washington State).

Tisdale, out of Greensboro’s Page High, said he hopes to visit Wazzu unofficially this summer and if not, come in on an official visit later in the year.

“Coach Mele said it’s a really nice campus, it has a good Business program, I’m just looking forward to seeing it,” said Tisdale.

Tisdale (6-3, 205) is ranked the No. 4 linebacker prospect in the South, No. 17 nationally and the No. 226 overall prospect regardless of position.

“WSU likes my ability change direction and that I have good size for outside, like at the rover-type position, and I can play man (coverage) also,” said Tisdale.

Tisdale holds offers from WSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Louisville and others. Wazzu is his lone Pac-12 offer.

WSU is the furthest offer he has away from home and the Cougs likely have ground to make up, with some of the offering schools strongly recruiting Tisdale for a while now.  But Tisdale said air miles won't be a consideration.

“Oh, definitely. The distance doesn’t matter,” said Tisdale.

Tisdale said he has no decision timetable in mind.

He has racked up 100-plus tackles each of the past two seasons.

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