Since arriving at Washington State, Mike Leach and the Cougar staff have made it a point to recruit the state of Texas. Not only does Leach still have several ties to coaches in the area, but many prospects remember his tenure at Texas Tech well.
The results have been positive, and earlier this week the Cougars welcomed their fourth 2013 commitment from the Lone Star state when Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial safety Darius Lemora decided to make his pledge.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Lemora chose Washington State over offers from North Texas, Texas State, UTEP, Louisiana-Lafayette, and McNeese State, and had several others showing interest. It does not take long to find out Lemora has already developed quite the reputation and earned the respect of his coaches and teammates.
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"They're definitely getting a leader on and off the field," Memorial head coach Kenny Harrison said. "He's a very high character kid and an extremely hard worker. He's overcome some obstacles and an injury from a year ago and worked extremely hard to get back. They're getting a heck of a football player."
Lemora, who broke his leg in the playoffs in 2012, has bounced back without any hesitation. As a junior he saw action on both sides of the ball. He has not been needed on offense as a senior, but his coaches know they can count on him if they need him at receiver or running back.
On defense Lemora is also capable of playing several positions and his coaches believe he could have an impact at a few positions once he arrives in the Pac-12.
"They have a dual threat there with Darius," Coach Harrison said. "You can use him as a walk down safety or he can play free safety. He's a very athletic young man."
Lemora is the 15th member of the 2013 Washington State recruiting class.