Semper Fi: Paulo Lepua

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne defensive tackle Paulo Lepua discusses the latest on his Washington State commitment, the Semper Fi Bowl, and more...

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne defensive tackle Paulo Lepua didn't have to travel far for this year's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, but is enjoying the opportunity to compete alongside some of the nation's top talent.

"It's been a lot of fun so far. There is some good competition; everybody is great at what they do at their position," he said.

Lepua, a very recent Washington State commit, is one of three future Cougars participating in the game. He's met cornerback Daquawn Brown, and has also spent some time with linebacker Peyton Pelluer.

"It's good to meet them. It's fun talking with them about who recruited them, why they committed to Wazzu. We all just fell in love with the school," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound prospect, who was recruited by defensive line coach Joe Salave'a and receivers coach Dennis Simmons, has spoken with the staff about how they plan on incorporating him into the defense.

"Basically, they have told me that they like my motor and will put me at that defensive end spot so I can just run around those linemen," he said.

Though the Cougars didn't have the season they hoped for, Lepua is excited about coming in and helping make an impact.

"Watching them, they are a good team. They just need to come together. With us, the new recruits, we're going to help make a difference. We're going to get Wazzu back to the Rose Bowl," he said.

Mike Leach, who just wrapped his first season as head coach, has made it known he demands discipline from his team, something that Lepua thinks will help him down the line.

"That's going to for sure put me on point, especially because I'm coming straight off of high school. College ball is very different, I know that. It's just going to get me right for college football and hopefully for the next level," he said.

Though he picked up a number of offers, Lepua feels strongly about his decision to choose the Cougars.

"I'm pretty solid with Washington State, with my decision. It's a great school, great coaches," he said.

The lineman will take his official visit to Pullman on January 18th. Until then, he's continuing to work hard, refusing to rest on his All-American laurels.

"It's just a title. It just means that I work hard on the field, but it's just a title," he said.

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