Three-star LB ready for Wazzu visit

THREE-STAR LINEBACKER prospect Chandler Leniu has long been hearing from the Washington State staff and he'll touch down in Pullman on Saturday morning for his official visit. He tells CF.C the Cougs are one of two programs recruiting him the hardest and that a close friend and WSU verbal commit is also in his ear singing the praises of Wazzu.

Rated the 18th best middle linebacker in the land by, Leniu saw his recruitment bounce in the spring and summer. It resulted in offers from Washington State, Kansas, TCU, Nevada and others. This weekend, Leniu will take in the sights and sounds Homecoming weekend out on Palouse.

"This is my first official visit and I'm very excited to get out there and see everything," Leniu said. "I'm hoping to see how they run the program and if I could see myself being comfortable living out there.

"One of my big things is education too. I want to take a close look at the academic side of things at WSU. I'm undecided on what I want to major in, but again, academics will be huge for me when I make a decision."

OF ALL THE schools that have offered the 6-1, 235-pounder, he said that WSU and Iowa State have been recruiting him the hardest as of late.

"They've been telling me they are looking forward to me getting up there this weekend to see the progress that surrounds the program," he said. "They said they're ready to welcome me to Washington State.

"I talk with Coach Dennis Simmons and Coach Ken Wilson the most. They think I have a good nose for the ball and I do a good job of getting off my blocks. They think I'd be a good fit for their program and think I could help out in the future."

In addition, WSU linebacker pledge Greg Hoyd has also been talking to Leniu.

"We're really good friends and he's been on me for a little while now," Leniu said with a laugh. "He's been telling me to go there quite a bit. He said that it's a great atmosphere up there at Washington State and the campus is beautiful. He's selling me on how the program is on the rise."

LENIU SAID THAT he has no other official visits planned at this time and won't take any other visits during his senior season. However, the St. John Bosco High standout, who has recorded an impressive 46 tackles and two pass deflections in three games this season, said he is hoping to take visits after his season to Iowa State, Kansas, Nevada and possibly TCU.

"I really don't have any favorites at this point," Leniu said. "I'm kind of taking everything in stride and don't want to rush a decision. I'm definitely going to wait to pick my school until after I take all of my official visits, though."

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