SS who 'hits like a linebacker' to visit WSU

AMONG THE GROWING LIST of official visitors coming to Washington State this weekend is a junior college enforcer -- a linebacker in a strong safety's body according to his coach. With a crimson offer in his pocket, the first team all-conference selection led his team in tackles in '06 and could be just the tonic the Cougs are thirsting for as they replace a graduating first team all Pac-10 DB.

With the departure of senior and potential NFL draft pick Eric Frampton, the Cougs' leading tackler the past two seasons, Washington State is shopping for a physical presence in the secondary this class who can contribute right away -- as Bill Doba has oft-said, he doesn't bring JC players in to redshirt.

Marshon Royal, out of the same junior college as Cougar CB Markus Dawes, might just fit the bill.

He trips to Pullman this weekend and is a strong safety with all the requisite skills to make an impact in the Pac-10, said College of the Sequoias offensive coordinator Andy Siegal.

He also hits like a Mack truck.

"Marshon has real good speed and agility, but the thing about Marshon is that he hits like a linebacker. He's a real physical kid," said Siegal.

Despite playing only six games this season, Royal (6-0.5, 202) led Sequoias in tackles according to the Commission on Athletics website with 26 (16 solo) stops including three for loss, plus 1 interception, 2 pass breakups and 0.5 sacks.

Originally out of Fresno's Sunnyside High, Royal has 4.5 speed in the 40 and will be joined on the official visit by two of his junior college teammates -- corner Woodny Turenne and defensive tackle Serge Elizee. Visit our front page or click on the links for their player page and CF.C article.

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