Cougs' Long and Cali LB make a connection

LINEBACKERS WITH SPEED will always be in demand, and Cougar assistant Marty Long has made a solid connection with one out of Corona, Calif., about an hour Southeast of Los Angeles. He holds a Wazzu offer, clocked a 4.44 in the 40 at the L.A. combine and says Washington State's aggressive defense is highly appealing. Another Pac-10 school, however, is trying this month to close the deal.

Brandon Magee (5-11.5, 226, 4.44) said there are two coaches recruiting him he feels a particularly strong connection with -- Long, Washington State's defensive ends coach, and receivers coach Darrell Wyatt at UA.

Magee said Washington State's defense, one that could become even more aggressive this year under Bill Doba this year as he takes over the coordinator role, is a linebacker's dream.

"They're good. They really fly around on defense all the time. They play aggressive football so I think I would be good there," said Magee.

Some have opined Magee's best position at the next level may be for safety but he said all the schools are "pretty much all" recruiting him at outside linebacker.

A DECISION FOR Magee could come at any time. While he said he has no frontrunners or timetable, he added if if he gets the right feeling on a school, he won't have trouble making the call.

"I think I could just come out and commit and shock everybody," said Magee.

But with many coaches on vacation during the month of July, Magee said contact has slowed also in part to a phone number change.

"They're probably still sending stuff to my old number," said Magee.

Arizona is in line for an unofficial look-see in a few weeks.

"Our quarterback, Matt Scott, committed there. We're all go going to go up there on a little visit, an unofficial one at the end of this month. So I'll know more about them then. It's going to be me, Jerry Hardeman, Shelly Lyons and (Ryan) Bass," said Magee.

Before fall practice kicks off at Centennial High, Magee also hopes to unofficially visit San Diego State, about an hour and a half down the road.

The only school camp Magee attended this summer was Southern Cal's.

"It went well. They want to see more (highlight film) and stuff like that so I don't know what's going on with that."

COLLEGE COACHES HAVE told him they most like his aggressive style along with his speed and quickness coming off the edge, Magee said.

Despite a wrist injury that kept him out of action for a month, Magee still managed 57 tackles and 3.5 sacks over his junior season. He earned all-state underclass honorable mention honors despite the extended absence.

Brandon's younger brother, Chris Magee, is a junior-to-be out of Canyon High in Anaheim is one to keep an eye on for the class of 2009. He checks in at 5-11.5, 205 pounds. Like Brandon, he has some speed to his game too, with a 4.6 time in the 40.

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