Florida DL visits Cougars this weekend

Florida DL visits Cougars this weekend

THE COUGS HAVE been busy this week adding to the defensive line crop but they aren't done recruiting big bodies up front. Wazzu will host a 6-3, 250-pound prospect from the Florida prep ranks this weekend -- one who shows up very well on tape it would seem. He talks with CF.C about Wazzu, distance, his official visit to the Palouse and more.

Regie Meant, of Cape Coral, Florida, is en route to Pullman Friday afternoon for his official visit to Washington State.

The Ida S. Baker High product popped up on the Cougars' radar just in the last month but it didn't take long for WSU to extend an offer once they saw enough of him on tape.

"(They said) they need me to come out there and that my style of play is exactly what they are looking for as a defensive lineman with the kind of defense they run," said Meant.

This season Meant was named first-team defensive line all conference and FACA All-District 18 for large schools. He said he is being recruited by the Cougs at a pair of positions on the d-line.

"They are looking at me as both a defensive tackle and a defensive end," Meant said. "I can play either and can help them next season. I like the level of competition they play in and they compete against a lot of spread teams. Their defense needs a lot of pass rush and I think I can contribute in that system."

MEANT HAS BEEN in contact with both Mike Leach and defensive line coach Joe Salave'a. Meant said he talked to Leach on Tuesday in advance of his trip.

"He's excited for me to come out for my visit," Meant said. "Coach Leach told me he really liked what he saw from my highlight tape and that I can make a difference for the team. The fact that he likes my game has me excited to get out there."

Click here for some of those highlight reels.

So what is it about Meant's game that has Leach so high on his abilities?

"My pass rush stands out," Meant said. "I'm very physical and the way I use my hands separates me from others. My hands are violent and I like using them a lot. A lot of defensive linemen in high school prefer not to use their hands, but I do."

IN ADDITION TO Washington State, Meant holds offers from Iowa State, UConn, Central Florida, Florida International, Western Michigan and several others.

Meant also said he is also close to receiving an offer from Kansas State, where he is scheduled to visit on Dec. 14. He also has an official visit to Iowa State planned for the second week in January.

Meant's official visit to Pullman will be his first big trip away from home, but Meant said distance won't negatively affect his college decision. Instead, it's something he welcomes.

"I prefer to move far away from home," Meant said. "I want to experience something new and get away. I'm very excited about visiting Washington State. I've heard wonderful things and I want to experience it for myself."

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