Two JUCO corners in Pullman over the weekend

WITH BOTH STARTERS graduating, one of Washington State's most pressing recruiting needs is cornerback. This weekend the Cougars entertained two junior college cornerbacks who are on pace to receive AA degrees this month, meaning they would be eligible to enroll at a Division IA school in January and participate in spring workouts.

Cornerback is a key need this class, as Washington State loses starters Alex Teems and Omowale Dada to graduation, with DBs Tyron Brackenridge, Ian Bell and Don Turner returning. Both Brackenridge and Turner will be seniors next season.

Courtney Williams may move to the corner while Lorenzo Bursey, a cornerback this year, may return to the receiver position the Cougs originally envisioned him playing. WSU would have liked to have taken one more corner this previous recruiting class, a situation exacerbated when signees James Bradley enrolled in junior college after failing to qualify, and Shelton Danzy now appears more likely to line up at safety. Freshman Nehemiah Mundy arrives in January, but he'll have some rust to shake off in addition to making the leap in competition.

Washington State will almost certainly sign some JC corners this class to shore up the position. DeVon Walker (6-1, 192, 4.4) out of Cerritos College is one of those candidates, having tripped to WSU this past weekend. Among Walker's other schools of interest -- Washington, Oregon, San Diego State and TCU.

"He's gotten interest from a number of schools in the Pac-10 and elsewhere," said a source at Cerritos who asked not to be identified.

The other junior college cornerback in town this weekend was unavailable for comment following his visit. A savage tackler, he holds four offers and has official visits set up for the next two weekends. We'll have further details on him when they become available.

The book on Walker is that he's a smooth, fast cornerback, racking up 34 tackles in only six games for Cerritos in 2005. Last season, he recorded 32 tackles with an interception, starting as a true freshman the first five games until being sidelined with an injury.

During his prep days, Walker helped lead Gahr High to back-to-back 7-3 records as a junior and senior, and also ran track. His most memorable moment was prehaps when he ran for 141 yards and two TDs on only eight carries, scoring on 91 and 7-yard runs, while recording four pass deflections on defense.

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