BREAKING: Top 100 LB goes crimson

TO SAY KACHE PALACIO enjoyed his trip to Washington State is an understatement. And after taking some time to think about it and discuss with his family, the Top 100 linebacker prospect took less than 24 hours to eschew an offer and visit to UCLA to go crimson.

"I really liked being there -- I didn't want to leave," said Kache Palacio, out of Gardena, Calif. "I committed to Washington State, and I'm ready to play right now!"

Palacio, rated three stars by Scout.com, figures to line up in the Cougs' 3-4 defense at outside linebacker, he said.

"We talked about me just getting down and dirty and coming in to blitz. They're just going to let me loose," said Palacio, who starred at Gardena High this past season.

The co-defensive MVP of the Mission League this past season, 6-2, 225-pounder played mostly on the defensive line for Serra, racking up 92 tackles (45 solo), 13.5 sacks, an interception, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

"Palacio has played with his hand down for Serra, measuring about 6-1, 220, but he will be an outside linebacker in college. He's got a cat-quick first step, fires off the line of scrimmage, and does a great job of disengaging from his blockers. During the summer, I had the chance to see him one day playing as a DE at a Lineman Camp, and then the next day, as a LB in 7on7 and he does a great job in coverage and has good closing speed," said Scout.com West Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman.

PALACIO SAID it was the combination of football and the feeling of close-knit community within the program that was at the heart of his decision.

"I liked the people around me, I felt really comfortable there, and I really liked how family oriented it was," said Palacio.

Palacio, a one-time verbal commitment to SMU earlier this year, cancelled his visit to an in-state Pac-12 school, UCLA, and called an end to his recruitment on Monday, less than 24 hours after returning from his official visit weekend at Wazzu. The bond he forged with the Cougar coaches was key in that regard, he said.

"It was because everything they said on the trip spoke to me. I had so much fun. We were really talking about football and things but then also about life and family," said Palacio.

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