Family feel at WSU is huge, says Delp

FROM THE MOMENT he arrived in the state of Washington for his official, defensive line prospect Kammy Delp said crimson pride was showcased in full force. Cougar chants filled the airport at Sea-Tac, and the WSU players in Pullman made him and fellow DL visitor Uriah Leiataua feel right at home. That, said Delp, was huge for him.

And he added he wasn't sure Sunday if he was going to be able to leave Pullman.

In talking to Delp, there's no question the support WSU fans show for their football program made a large impact on Delp and his cousin Uriah Leiataua during their visit. It actually began in Seattle while they were getting ready for their flight to the Palouse out of Sea-Tac airport.

"It was nuts, man," Delp said of the fans chanting, Go Cougs!. "When we got to Seattle, all we saw were Coug fans, and they knew who we were.

"It was funny too because on our flight to Pullman, we were sitting up front. One of the flight attendants joked with Uriah that we wouldn't be allowed to return home after our visits unless we committed to the Cougs (laugh)."

THERE WERE TWO key highlights on the trip for Delp, he said. The first was seeing the Cougs take on Oregon State at Martin Stadium.

"It was a sold out game and I was really impressed with the support everyone showed at the stadium," Delp said. "The fan base was crazy for sure.

"Although they lost, it really wasn't that big of a deal to me. Oregon State is a good team. I broke down film with the coaches after the game and we made some easy mistakes that can be fixed pretty easily. The main thing for me was that I got to see how everything is if I decided to go there."

The second big highlight was spending time with his host, d-lineman Toni Pole and the rest of the defensive line group.

"He was my host and I thought it would just be him showing me around, but every Polynesian player on the team ended up hanging out with me," Delp said. "I felt like I had six hosts instead of one.

"They showed me a good time and it felt like a close family kind of thing. The defensive linemen are all great and to see how close they were was amazing. I could see myself fitting in with them and being very happy if I decided to commit to Washington State."

DELP SAID didn't know what to expect from Pullman, a college town. But the Pomona, Calif. product said that college-town atmosphere was a kick.

"Everyone knows who you are in a place like that," Delp said. "It has its ups and down and I'd miss the big city feeling, but I could get used to a place like Pullman. There's a lot of support from the community and everyone is a fan of yours both on and off the field."

DELP DID NOT commit over the weekend and a decision day is a long ways off. You also get the sense, with him being as positive a guy as he is, that he's going to like things about every visit. He did say that the Wazzu trip definitely raised his interest in the Cougs.

"It boosted it for sure," Delp said of his interest level. "I could see myself going there. The fan base and the team made an impact on me and the coaches did as well. I sat down with Coach Joe Salave'a, Coach Ken Wilson and Coach Clay McGuire. They provided that family feel for me too.

"I also had the chance to speak with Coach Mike Leach and he told me what it meant to be a Cougar. He was being honest with me and telling me that the program is on the rise and the Cougars never stop fighting. Everyone is fired up about the future of the program and he really wants me and the other guys who visited to be a part of it."

Delp, who is rated three-stars by, said he will take all five of his visits before announcing his decision at the Semper Fi All-American Bowl on Jan. 5. The 6-4, 310-pounder said he is hoping to take an official visit this weekend to either Arizona State or Oregon State.

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