College Football Recruiting: Washington State Cougars Build On D With Safety Commit Darius Lemora

By James Gomez
Mike Leach Washington State Cougars
James Snook-US Presswire

It isn’t like they couldn’t use the help. The Washington State Cougars received a verbal commitment from Darius Lemora. A safety out of Port Arthur, Texas, Lemora has the tools to give something the Cougars are desperately lacking – swagger.

WSU is not a program known for its defensive prowess. Currently ranked 84th in the FBS for points allowed per game. Another ugly stat is the 5.8 yards a play Cougars oppenents are averaging.

Lemora is given three stars by 247Sports and two by ESPN. Scouting reports have Lemora as a an adept run defender which would be an immediate help to a defense in need of stoutness in the ground game.

Two other safeties have already committed to the Cougars. Myron Turner out of DeSoto, Texas, and Markell Sanders out of Belvue, Washington. If these defense backs can provide a foundation for future success on the defensive side of the ball, that would go a long way in securing job security for Mike Leach.

This season has been a major disappointment for the Cougars offense who were looking to Leach as their savior. Even with this being Leach’s first season, he inherited two capable quarterbacks in Connor Halliday and Jeff Tuel. Marquess Wilson is an elite receiver who provides a deep threat and consistent presence.

Leach should be able to attract solid prospects on offense, especially quarterbacks and receivers who are willing to put up big numbers. The challenge for Leach is to take the Cougars defense to the next level. For the fans in Pullman, that would be respectability.

At least for the present, the current commits in the defensive backfield fit the billing.


James Gomez is a Pac-12 and Mountain West columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow James on Twitter as well.

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