PULLMAN – A slow-starting recruiting season for Washington State has picked up steam these last few weeks and continued to crescendo Tuesday morning when the Cougars received their highest-profile commitment in the class of the 2019.
Travion Brown, a four-star outside linebacker according to 247sports, chose WSU over multiple Pac-12 schools, including Oregon and Washington, as well as Nebraska, Minnesota, Syracuse and Central Florida.
The Temecula, California, native currently plays at Linfield Christian High School as both an OLB and wide receiver. He’s listed at 6-3, 215 pounds and 247sports considers him the No. 42 linebacker in the country.
Brown’s verbal commitment to WSU comes just days after the California linebacker visited the Pullman campus and watched the Cougars edge out Utah, one of the other schools pursuing him, at Martin Stadium. Longtime WSU inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson was Brown’s primary recruiter, which indicates the Cougars plan to utilize him on defense rather than at wide receiver.
In addition to the schools listed above, Brown also had offers from Arizona, BYU, Boston College, Iowa State, Colorado, Fresno State, New Mexico, San Jose State, Florida International, Toledo, UTEP and UNLV.
Brown becomes the ninth WSU commit in the class of 2019 and the second in three days after junior college offensive lineman Dontae Powell pledged on Sunday. Brown is also the second linebacker commit, next to Hawaii’s Peni Naulu.
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