| On being Sekope Kaufusi this weekend, and more |
A case of mistaken identity|
Maybe it's just the hair, but Edwards said he was being mistaken this weekend for Cougar linebacker Sekope Kaufusi all over the place.
"I have long hair just like Sekope and the night after the game, everybody kept calling at me, ‘Hey Sekope, nice game!' And after a while, I just gave up. So I ‘tried on his shoes' and started pretending I was already part of the team... (Fans) were congratulating me on the fumble recovery and I was like, ‘Yeah, that was pretty good. But I wish I would have made that one other tackle,'" laughed Edwards.
On the loss to Oregon
"Honestly, that game could have gone either way. The game of football, it's not about who's better and there are athletes all over the place. Whoever makes the least amount of mistakes and capitalizes on the other team's mistakes, that's who wins. And that's what Oregon did…And I didn't look at the mistakes Washington State made so much, I looked at what could be. It's not like they're not a good team. They have something over there. And I want to be part of that, I'm really excited about it."
On Bill Moos and Zales
"I met Bill Moos and he was telling me about how he was AD for Oregon but came out of retirement for Wazzu," said Edwards. "He told me he had more jewelry than Zales – he didn't need to do it, he didn't need to come back, but he wanted to make sure he came back to Wazzu and finished (his career) off right. And I thought if he's doing that, then I've got to come in here, I've got to be a part of this."
More on what the WSU coaches liked about his play
"They told me they like how I'm aggressive every play and that even when I'm not in on the tackle, I'm around it. They loved the feistiness in me…I love contact."
More on what Edwards liked about the WSU coaches
"They come off with a lot of energy, right from the get-go..they were really welcoming at the very start and then all the Cougar players were treating me like I was already a part of the Cougar Nation…After they lost to Oregon, (me and Fonoti ) thought the coaches wouldn't want to do a tour, they wouldn't want to sit down and spend time with us. But they came off with a lot of energy, they said we're the missing pieces to the puzzle. We were really excited and impressed by that. Those coaches just had so much energy."
Eli Edwards (6-2, 245) out of Cerritos College, was offered during his official visit to Washington State on Saturday. He wanted to be sure, so he slept on it until Sunday morning. And over breakfast, he told Wulff he was coming to Pullman.
"That family atmosphere just won me over. They are really close at Washington State -- I really wanted to be part of that," said Edwards, whose first name is pronounced 'Elly'.
Edwards, born in American Samoa, becomes the fourth future Coug of Polynesian descent in Wulff's 2011 class alone, joining Chester Sua, Tana Pritchard and T.J. Poloai. And on the Cougar roster, there's Bernard Wolfgramm, Sekope Kaufusi, Jamal Atofau, Jordan Pu'u-Robinson, plus walk-on Corey Laufasa
"After the (Oregon) game, three of the Washington State coaches took me aside and said ‘We really like what we see from you, we really like how you're such a go-getter on the field, we need you in this program and we hope you join us,'… And after what I saw there this weekend, they just won me over – with the school, the program and the education," said Edwards.
Edwards was named second team all-conference as a freshman last season for Cerritos, with 35 tackles, eight tackles for loss and a team-leading nine QB hurries. He also logged posted 3½ quarterback sacks, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble.
Edwards' teammate, Fou Fonoti, was also in Pullman on an official visit this weekend, (CF.C will have more from Fonoti on his visit on Monday.) But as far as Edwards goes, Fonoti, an o-tackle for Cerritos, says Edwards is the toughest, most relentless defensive end he's gone up against in a game or practice for the last two years.
Although born in American Samoa, Edwards spent 12 years of his life in Alaska.
"Washington State feels like home to me -- and it's nice because you get all four seasons there," laughed Edwards.