Semper Fi: Leniu committed, eyeing another

2014 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu is in Santa Ana (Calif.) this week participating in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl. Leniu updated Scout on his recruitment and discusses the school he's committed to… as well as the school he's still looking into.

2014 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu committed to Washington State in late September but admitted Wednesday at Semper Fi All-American Bowl practices that it will ultimately come down to a February National Signing Day decision for him.

"Right now things stand pretty high right now for the Cougs but anything can happen," Leniu explained. "[I'm] just waiting until signing day, everything is up in the air for me still, everything though with the Cougs is pretty good.

"When I say everything is up in the air, I'm still thinking about other schools and stuff, but right now I'm think I'm going to stick with the Cougs right now."

Leniu, recently bumped up from a three-star to a four-star recruit, has an official visit set for Jan. 24 to California. He'll make the trip with St. John Bosco teammate Shay Fields. If the Bears impress Leniu, it sounds as though they could make him flip.

"They've been keeping in touch with me here and there and have been asking me how is practice, how am I doing this week, just asking me questions and calling, sending letters," Leniu said. "So it's a great feeling from them."

As for the school he is indeed committed to, Leniu says he's impressed with what Washington State coach Mike Leach has accomplished in Pullman. "Ever since Coach Leach got there he's been doing good things there in the Pac-12 and in the community he's building there," he said. "And he's bringing the program to a new start so it's great having Coach Leach there."

Leniu says Washington State and California are the only two teams still involved in his recruitment.

He will play his last game at the high school level on Sunday representing the West team in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl with high school teammate Fields.

"A lot of my family will be coming down because this will be the last bowl game I'll be playing in. I'm going to be playing outside the state so they're all going to come down to support me for the last time on this trip right here.

"This will be my last time playing with Shay, Jonathan (Lockett), they've been my bros for awhile, a long time so this is a good trip with them."

The game is set to kickoff Sunday at 6 pm PT on FOX Sports 1.

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