Cougs have a little Georgia on their mind

GEORGIA IS KNOWN for peaches, peanuts, Coca-Cola and… being the home of future Cougars? With strong Wazzu recruiting ties to the area, Paul Wulff and Washington State have offered not one, two or even three, but four defensemen out of the same school in the Empire State of the South.

Paul Wulff isn't targeting large amounts of JC players, but some junior college talent can be a decided plus -- see what Brandon Rankin is doing this fall camp for the Cougs.

Also, one area where there projects to be more of an immediate need for '11 and beyond is on the defensive line. And the Cougs have offered three 2011 class d-linemen, plus a linebacker, out of the same junior college in Milledgeville, GA.

The four are: 6-foot-3.5 Brad Spivey, a defensive end who checks in at 265 pounds on the Georgia Military College roster; Brandon Johnson, a 6-6, 250-pound d-end; Leroy Vick, a 6-6, 270-pound d-tackle; and Antonio Mitchum, a 6-2, 228 pound linebacker.

SPIVEY, ORIGINALLY OUT of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, along with his three teammates, came onto the WSU radar through Chris Ball's ties to the area, built in large part when he coached at Alabama.

"He's a very hardworking guy," said Spivey. "You can tell he likes players. And he likes to win. He's very dedicated in what he does... I could tell that the first time I talked to him.

"When I was talking to coach Ball, he said my coaches had told him I was a good character guy, respectful and that I played really hard...and then coach Ball said I looked good on the run and good on the pass. He told me he liked every part of my game."

SPIVEY SAID he'll be "flying out to Washington State" sometime later this fall for an official visit. He's scheduled to get his AA in December, meaning he'd be eligible to enroll at a D-I school in January and go through spring ball.

He has 3-to-play-2, and could play defensive end or the three-technique at the next level.

"Schools like me as an edge guy, and as a three-technique also, but mostly as a defensive end," said Spivey.

SPIVEY HOLDS offers from Washington State, Ohio and Louisiana Tech, and he's talking regularly with South Carolina, Central Florida, East Carolina and Toledo.

"I'm not big on staying close to home or anything like that. I'll go anywhere to play football, I'm just looking for the right fit for me. I'd like a school where I feel I can bond with the players and coaches completely... A lot of people ask if playing in the South is more important but it's really not, I'm just looking for the right school," said Spivey.

Spivey played in nine games as a freshman for GMC, with 16 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 TFL.

"I'm going to take my time (with a decision), make sure I make the right decision," said Spivey.


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