Washington State battled toe-to-toe with other Pac 12 schools but in the end has gained the commitment of CB prospect Daquawn Brown out of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, Calif.
Fresh off a visit to in-state rival Washington this past weekend, Brown made the decision Monday afternoon to end his recruitment and commit to Coach Mike Leach and Washington State.
Coach Paul Volero was in the Dorsey High School area today and briefly checked in on Daquawn. That is when the prospect broke the good news.
"I was playing with Coach Volero a bit," said Brown. "He asked how I was doing and I said 'just livin' the Coug life. He was a little surprised and I just said Coach, I'm ready to be a Coug. He was excited and then I got on the phone with all the other coaches and Coach Leach."
Brown had quite the Monday.
"It feels good that it's over now," said Brown. "I'm done with recruiting process. I felt like I dealt with it the right way, narrowed it down to two schools and visited them. Overall I just felt WSU was the best fit for me."
"I'm blessed that I even get the chance to go to college," Brown said. "I get to play football and get a degree."
Helping make his choice was the connection he had with current Cougar players, including childhood friend Jeremiah Allison.
"It helped having a friend like Jeremiah that I grew up with," said Brown. "He was joking with me like 'you can't leave me' and all that. We've played at all levels together, beginning in Pop Warner. Now we get to play together in college. Plus, having all the LA players up there helps. It's family oriented at Washington State, the players and coaches love me. I fit."
Brown is rated a 87 overall, three star prospect by 247Sports.com. He held offers from Arizona State, California, UCLA, Washington, Boise State, Hawaii and San Jose State at the time of his commitment.
"I am very appreciative of all the other schools that recruited me, too" said Brown.
Now that Brown is set for Washington State, does that mean he's turned into a recruiter?
"I feel like a weight has been lifted," Brown said. "I can focus on finishing out high school and being a Coug!"