Cougs offer California dynamo

THE CLASS OF 2005 marked the first time in recent memory WSU elected not to sign a junior college running back. You have to go back to February of 2001 for the last time the Cougs signed all prep players at the position. Whether the 2006 class follows suit remains to be seen but one prep standout RB the Cougs are focused upon is Davon Brown out of Torrance, Calif., a 5-9, 176-pound dynamo who can cut on a dime. He holds an offer from WSU, as well as from a number of the usual suspects.

Brown has been offered a full scholarship by Washington State, Oregon State, Colorado and San Diego State. Much of the Pac-10, including Oregon, is lurking, as well as schools like Utah and Fresno State.

"I don't have a favorite," said Brown. "I'm trying to look at all of them."

Washington State, Oregon State and Colorado all look to be in line for official visits, with Brown already having taken an unofficial trip to SDSU this summer. WSU running backs coach Kelly Skipper is recruiting Brown for the Cougs.

Of the four who've offered, Brown says all are recruiting him at running back, where he gained 1272 yards and scored 20 TDs for South Torrance High as a junior. He also plays a pretty mean defensive back, snaring 5 INTs in 2004 and was often matched up on the opponent's best receiver.

TO MAXIMIZE his speed this track season -- he clocked a 10.6 in the 100-meters in April -- Brown customized his workouts to sleek down to just under 160. He's spent the offseason hitting the weight room with a vengeance in preparation for his senior turn on the gridiron, now checking in at a robust 176 pounds. Best of all, he says the added muscle hasn't hampered his ability to fly.

"I'm carrying the weight well, and my speed has actually gotten faster," said Brown.

True, Brown is fast, regularly clocking a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash this offseason. But in looking at film, what really sets Brown apart is his ability to cut and make people miss.

Brown has a long, deceptive stride -- would-be tacklers can often be seen on his junior season tape as being fooled into taking the wrong angle. And of course, there's that extra gear he possesses when breaking into the secondary. His tape will be available on shortly.

FACTORING INTO BROWN'S college choice will be academics, facilities and the coaching staff. Brown is looking to major in the field of electronics or engineering. A 3.0 student, he said he'll probably wait until after the season to verbally commit.

Brown's been working out every single day this spring and summer, and he'll continue to spend the remainder of this offseason rounding into top form.

"I've been working hard, trying to get ready for next season and accomplish my goals," said Brown. "I want to get at least 2000 yards, 10 INTs on defense, and team-wise, go out and win a championship."

The class of 2005 marked the first since 2001 the Cougs didn't sign a junior college running back. While 2005 signee Lorenzo Bursey starred at running back at West LA College, the Cougs recruited him as a wide receiver and special teams sparkplug. In 2004, WSU found gold in Jerome "The Ghost" Harrison. The class of 2003 included Chris Bruhn while the year previous saw two JC backs -- Jonathan Smith and Jermaine Green.

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