Quick DE from Hawaii talks Wazzu offer

THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS hold plenty of talent this recruiting cycle, including some prospects with Cougar offers. One of those athletes is defensive end Kingston Fernandez, who remains in close contact with the WSU coaches and is hoping to take a trip out to Pullman sometime this fall for an official visit.

The 6-3, 240-pound Fernandez picked up his offer from Washington State earlier this spring and it was a big one for him.

"I was very excited when they offered me," Fernandez said. "I spoke with my parents about it and still need to do a little bit more research on them. The coaches are still in contact with me and tell me about the program and how they're trying to rebuild. I've been focusing on my season, but I'm going to look more into them going forward."

Washington State defensive line coach Joe Salave'a is running the point in Fernandez' recruitment.

"He's had nothing but good things to say about the program since we started talking," Fernandez said. "He's talked to me about the system they run and what they hope to accomplish in the future.

"He also told me that the coaches over there see education as a big priority. They want their players to graduate from college on top of playing football."

FERNANDEZ IS QUICK off the edge and has quick feet. He runs a 4.8 40-yard dash, bench presses 335 pounds and squats 425 pounds. His mix of speed and strength is what has attracted the Cougs to his game.

"They like me as a defensive end and Coach Salave'a said he liked the way I play because I have a good motor. I also have a nose for the ball and he said he sees aspects in my game that he could work with. He's really excited for me to come up and check out the school and learn more about the program."

Fernandez, who attends Kapolei High, said he hasn't yet scheduled an official visit to the Palouse, but is hoping to plan something soon.

In addition to WSU, Fernandez also holds offers from Portland State, Weber State and Saint Francis and said he is also hearing from Boise State.

"I don't really have any favorites right now and I'm keeping my options open for now," Fernandez said. "I'm interested in all the schools recruiting me and will wait on making a decision."

IN ADDITION TO Fernandez, Hawaiian prospects Adam Noga and defensive end Lamone Williams also hold offers from Washington State. Noga is a 5-10, 185-pound RB from Honolulu, who also holds an offer from Hawaii. As a junior last season for St. Louis, Noga rushed for 940 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Williams has seen his recruitment pick up quite a bit this spring and summer. The 6-3, 245-pounder holds offers from Wisconsin, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah in addition to WSU. Williams is rated three stars and the 128th best DE in the land by Scout.com.

Fernandez's junior year highlights:

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