The Cougars have had a successful off-season so far with the amount of effort and production from spring practice. However we can’t forget the 2013 recruiting class that WSU head football coach Mike Leach and his staff have pulled in.
This recruiting class of 2013 for Washington State ranks as the 53rd best class in the country according to Rivals.com, 38th by Scout and 58th according to ESPN. Leach has made progress here. With the Cougars having a solid recruiting class gives Leach the pressure to either play these incoming freshman or red-shirt them for this upcoming 2013 football season.
Most of the 2013 class will end up red-shirting this season, but there will be those incoming freshmen that are already prepared to play the gruesome and vicious game of Division-one football.
Here are my 5 incoming freshmen players who I believe will make an immediate impact for WSU football in 2013 (any and all photos are the additional property of FanSided via recruit permissions or were publicly found on twitter):
- Daquawn Brown - Cornerback (Dorsey High School/Los Angeles, Calif.)
Brown was ranked as the 33rd best cornerback in the country according to Rivals.com for the 2013 class and a steal for the Cougars. Brown picked WSU over top schools Arizona State, California, Boise State, and rival Washington. Brown has the size and physicality to play right away for the Cougars.
He is 5’11” and 185 pounds, and given how bad the secondary was last year, the Cougars need all the help they can get. This isn’t your typical type of cornerback that can only cover and tackle, Brown has the hands of a wide receiver so expect to see multiple interceptions from this player in the future. He also has the speed to keep up with any wide receiver he faces and will have a lot of expectations entering this 2013 season which he’ll likely succeed to.
Here’s Daquawn Brown’s highlight tape: