DT with 'unbelievable' motor tripping to WSU

SENIORS AND JUNIORS occupy the top four slots on the Washington State d-tackle depth chart. And as the Cougar Nation witnessed in '06, losing your top three d-tackles to injury will eventually catch up with you, and can obscure an up to that point solid defensive season. One inside gap stopper tripping to WSU this weekend is a high energy pocket-collapser and mid-year transfer -- Serge Elizee.

Elizee a (6-1, 298), originally out of Miami's Coral Reef High, holds offers from Washington State, SMU, Marshall, New Mexico and three other schools could be on the verge -- BYU stopped in to talk Monday, Louisville comes by for an in-home or at-school visit next week, and Minnesota has also ramped up their recruiting efforts recently.

"I'm headed to Washington State this weekend and them Marshall the weekend after that. Basically it's about education...I'm looking at education first," said Elizee, who is leaning towards a degree in Business.

Elizee said he does not have a frontrunner.

"I think they're all pretty good, right now all of them are basically equal," he said. "I'm just going to look at each and every one of them and make sure I make the right decision when I do choose. The thing that really interests me about the Cougars is that they do play a high level of competition and they're a strong school."

AMONG THAT WHICH sets Elizee apart, according to Andy Siegal, assistant coach at College of the Sequoias, is a tank of gas that seemingly never runs dry.

"His ability to go 100 miles per hour for four quarters is just unbelievable," said Siegal.

Elizee has three-to-play-two at the next level and as a mid-year transfer wrapping up his AA degree in a few weeks, can sign with a school as early two weeks from Wednesday. It remains to be seen if he'll do so with a pair of visits under his belt, or if he'll take his recruiting into the New Year. The early signing period runs from Dec. 20 to Jan. 15.

Elizee played in only six games in '06 according to the Commission on Athletics official site, logging 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks among his 17 sticks, forcing one fumble and picking off one pass. Siegal said his stats belie his ability to force the issue, open things up for the rest of the defense and that he's the kind of player every coach wants in his locker room.

"Serge just has a great motor," said Siegal. "He has solid academics and is really a strong character kid."

Elizee will be joined on the official visit by two of his junior college teammates -- corner Woodny Turenne and strong safety Marshon Royal. Visit our front page or click on the links for their player page and CF.C article.

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