VIDEO: Future Coug squats outrageous amount

FUTURE COUGAR DARREN MARKLE is paying close attention these days to Greg Trent and the entire linebacking corps at Washington State -- that is, when he isn't setting personal best strength numbers. And there's video of the 6-1, 230-pound linebacker's latest feats.

Six of the seven known Cougar verbal commitments are rated three-stars, and Markle from Mountain View High in Meridian, Idaho, is WSU's top-rated recruit -- he ranks as the No. 25 middle linebacker in the nation. He had his eye on Cougar standout middle 'backer, senior Greg Trent, and the rest of coach Travis Niekamp's crew this past Saturday while watching the WSU game on TV.

"I watched Trent a lot," said Markle. "He led the team in tackles I believe that game, and he was just all over the place. I like how their linebackers are playing, they're really frenzied out there.

The Cougars lost the game against Okie State, but the defense turned back the Cowboys on a number of occasions, including a pair of drives where the Cougs had their backs up against the wall on drives starting at the WSU 26- and 18-yard lines.

"What I noticed first was how the defense was able to make all those stands when they were put in bad situations," said Markle. "The first part of the game they were about on the goal line and WSU shut them down, made them kick a field goal. I thought was big for them momentum-wise right there."

THE FIRST DAY that college coaches could place a call to prospective recruits was this past Monday, and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball was on the horn to Markle to start off the week.

Among the topics of conversation, Markle's upcoming season opener, the Cougs' game at Qwest this past Saturday, official and unofficial visits to Wazzu.

"He said there was some good stuff (in their opener) and that they were turning it around, but that special teams was kind of a chore here (early on) because they don't have a lot of depth right now. But he said they were going to definitely turn it around. I haven't set (an official visit) date yet because I might be going up for a couple games," said Markle, with USC and the Apple Cup among the possibilities for unofficial trips.

MARKLE WILL BE playing "a lot" of running back this season in addition to his duties on defense.

Does that mean he'll be delivering blows and taking a few, too?

"No, I'll just be delivering blows," said Markle.

Spoken like a true linebacker.

MARKLE, AN ACCOMPLISHED powerlifter, set two personal best strength numbers recently -- a 400-pound bench press and a 605-pound squat.

"I feel great right now," said Markle. "I'm probably in the best shape of my life and I'm ready for the season."

Normally requiring a CF.C subscription to view video, this video of Markle's personal best in the squat is free for everyone:

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