Washington State has received the letter of intent from Marcus Strong, a cornerback prospect who chose the Cougs over a pair of other Pac-12 schools, including Oregon State where his brother, Justin, plays. Instead, the Strong brothers will get to play against each other annually.
Strong is rated a consensus three-star prospect by all major services, and in addition to Oregon State, he fielded offers from Washington and San Jose State. He is listed at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, and projects to be a cornerback for the Cougars. It says a lot about Strong's recruiter, Ken Wilson, that he picked WSU over a UW offer and a sibling tie in Corvallis. As much as we don't like to admit it, recruits picking Pullman over Montlake doesn't happen with tremendous regularity.
Strong is one of four cornerbacks committed in the 2016 class, a position that has seen a fair share of underclassmen play extensively over the past two seasons. That is a trend that I'm sure the coaching staff would like to see reversed, but if Strong shows he has the skills, he should be able to work himself into the rotation. Last season the defensive backfield was stabilized, and as a result I would expect Strong to redshirt, but anything is possible.
Brian Anderson's quick scouting report
A dynamic athlete with good hands that wants to play defense? Huge plus. Highlights don't showcase much of him in coverage, but you do see how well he finishes plays. High quality speed that closes well when the ball's in the air. Not an extremely punishing corner, but does have good pop and you can't say enough about his athleticism.
Rivals - ★★★
Scout - ★★★
24/7 - ★★★
ESPN - ★★★
Composite - ★★★
Position - Cornerback
Hometown - Rialto, Calif.
Height - 5-foot-11
Weight - 170 pounds