It wasn't a complete shock that cornerback Daquawn Brown (Los Angeles/Dorsey) made a verbal commitment on Monday. But, coming off an official visit to Washington this past weekend, it was something of a surprise that Brown made his commitment to the rival Washington State Cougars.
"I kind of already knew after I took the Washington State visit--I knew I wanted to go there in my own mind," Brown said of an official visit to the Cougars in early November. "But I wanted to make sure I was handling the whole process right and taking my trips. I took trips to the places I considered highly and I had a great time [at Washington], but just didn't get the feeling that I had at Washington State."
Washington State had a bit of luck on its side in getting the commitment on Monday. As Brown returned home from his official visit Monday afternoon and was speaking with his dad about his desire to commit to Washington State, Cougars assistant coach Paul Volero pulled up to Brown's house for an unscheduled in-home visit.
"It was crazy," Brown said. "He happened to be in town and he just showed up. That's my guy though. I can talk to him about anything."
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Brown has a chance to play a big role for the Cougars. He said the Washington State coaches see him as a true cover corner and will ask him to play the field side.
"They want me to be able to lock that side of the field down and they need a real cover guy," Brown said. "I feel like I can play early as a freshman."
Brown is the first cornerback to commit to Washington State this year and gives the Cougars 21 commitments for the 2013 recruiting class. His commitment also continues a hot streak for the Cougars on that side of the ball. Washington State added verbal commitments from defensive linemen Emmit Su'a-Kalio (Pago Pago, American Samoa/Tafuna) and Lyman Faoliu (San Mateo, Calif./College of San Mateo) late last week.
Prior to his commitment to Washington State, Brown pushed an official visit to Boise State back to Jan. 25. Although, with his commitment status solid, he isn't sure if the Broncos coaches will still want to trip him in that weekend.