Today we continue our 2-part series on how the cougars are starting to look more and more like the Seattle Seahawks in the secondary. The other day we looked at safeties that had been offered and now we will look at the corners. The Seahawks have arguably the best corner in the league in Richard Sherman (6’3″, 195) and also have Brandon Browner (6’4″, 221) who is on the other side. With Seattle setting a trend in the NFL and doing a good job of it, it was only a matter of time before coaches in college started to take after them.
- Adoree Jackson
Junipero Serra HS, Gardena, CA – 5’10”, 170 lbs
- John Plattenburg
Lama HS, Houston, TX – 5’11”, 187 lbs
- Adarius Pickett
El Cerrito Senior HS, El Cerrito CA – 6’0″, 185 lbs
- Terrence Alexander
John Curtis Christian HS, River Ridge, LA – 5’10”, 180 lbs
- Denzel Fisher
Centennial HS, Compton, CA – 6’2″, 170 lbs
- Jahshawn Johnson
Ennis HS, Ennis, TX – 5’10”, 170 lbs
- Nigel Bethel
Booker T. Washington HS, Miami, FL – 5’10”, 165 lbs
- Mazzi Wilkins
Plant Senior HS, Tampa, FL – 6’0″, 160
- Tony Fields
Amos P. Godby HS, Tallahassee, FL – 5’11”, 200 lbs
- Deion Hallmon
Cypress Bay HS, Weston, FL – 5’10”, 175 lbs
- Joseph Turner (JC)
College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA – 6’2″, 190 lbs
- Kevin Griffin
De La Salle HS, Concord, CA – 6’1″, 180
The defense has struggled for the Cougars in the past few years and is finally starting to turn around and is headed in the right direction. In four of the Cougars games the defense gave up 300+ yards over the air. At the same time the Cougars held opposing defenses to under 200 yards four times. The inconsistency that the Cougars have in the secondary and on defense as a whole is going to be one thing that holds them back this next year.
The Cougars are looking to change their look on defense and are making big impacts already. Kevin Griffin, a verbal commit out of De La Salle HS in Concord, CA, is a player that with still a year to go still in high school will continue to bulk up and continue to get better and look more and more like the college version of the Seahawks.
5 corners are on the roster as of now with 2 more coming in the 2013 class the Cougars are very young. Washington State has 2 seniors and a junior on the roster with the rest being freshman. If the Cougars can land a few more of these corners then they will be able to make up the lack of age with talent.
Just like the safeties, the cougars are going after the big, physical, get in your face type of players and are hoping to make some noise in the PAC-12 these next few years with some commits from some big-time secondary athletes.