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June 30, 2014
Cougs add three-star SoCal CB
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The defensive commitments continue to roll in for Mike Leach and Washington State as cornerback Darrien Molton became the latest verbal commitment in the Cougars' 2015 class, as first reported by Rivals analyst Adam Gorney.
The three-star prospect out of Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral picked Washington State over offers from California, Colorado, Duke and Utah. Molton most recently noted at the B2G Elite Camp that the Cougars and Duke were recruiting him the hardest, but Washington State was long considered the favorite to land the coveted defensive back prospect.
It's been a whirlwind prep career for the 5-foot-10, 165-pound defensive back, who's suffered several injuries that have limited his playing time at the cornerback position but a big junior season set the three-star up with several offers.
"Freshman year I didn't play varsity. I was supposed to but I got injured, hurt my knee," Molton recently told Rivals.com. "Sophomore year I played varsity, had five blocked punts and a blocked field goal on special teams; played some corner, too, but  was my first year starting (full-time)."
As a junior, the Southern California product recorded 45 solo tackles with 12 assists, six interceptions and nine passes defended, according to MaxPreps.
"I played mostly corner and a little bit of offense," Molton said. "I thought it went really good. I ended the season with six interceptions. I think had had a pretty solid junior year.
"I love playing defense. I like shutting down a receiver; I like to be physical as well. I like hitting guys."
Molton becomes the Cougars' seventh commitment in the 2015 class, which now has five prospects committed on the defensive side including cornerback Austin Joyner, safety Kameron Powell, defensive tackle Thomas Toki and linebacker Aaron Porter.
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