DE w/ chip on his shoulder talks WSU, in-home

WASHINGTON STATE WAS in the living room Monday night of rising DE/OLB Patrick Choudja out of Oakley, Calif. They set a date for his official visit to the Palouse and Cougar assistant Eric Russell said some things that hit home for the 6-4, 230-pounder. The Freedom High product also says he's got a chip on his shoulder, with much to prove at the next level.

Choudja said Washington State area recruiter Russell talked about the strong commitment Mike Leach and WSU have to academics, as well as Leach's three cardinal rules that result in immediate expulsion from the WSU program, (no drugs, violence against women or stealing.)

That all struck a chord with Choudja.

"It went great," Choudja said of the Cougars' in-home. "(Russell) is a cool coach and he told me a lot of things -- things I barely knew about Washington State… it sounds like the kind of place I would love."

Russell and Choudja set up an official visit date for him to check out Washington State in person on the weekend of Jan. 17.

"I'm excited and I'm looking forward to the Washington State visit, I want to see how it all works and check it out," said Choudja.

CHOUDJA IS THE type of player who could play outside linebacker or grow and develop into a defensive end or BUCK at Washington State.'s Greg Biggins projects he could grow into a 6-4, 260-pounder at the college level. Choudja said he went from 185 to 230 pounds between his junior and senior years, and he's only been playing football for three years, with the first year spent mostly on the sidelines.

According to, he racked up 73 tackles his senior season (33 solo) with 15 tackles-for-loss and 14 sacks. He was named first team All-BVAL for his work on Freedom's defensive line.

CHOUDJA IS RANKED by as a three-star prospect and 107th in the nation as a defensive end. And he's not shy about expressing his disagreement on where recruiting sites have him ranked.

"I feel like I should be ranked higher… I had (the sacks and TFL) my senior year and showed everyone -- but I guess it was not enough. I just have to go to college, work hard. And hopefully in the future, I'll go (in) with a chip on my shoulder and prove everyone wrong," said Choudja.

He holds 10 offers -- Washington State, Arizona State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, Idaho, San Jose State, Wyoming and UC Davis. He's had two in-homes so far, from Wazzu and Nevada. ASU and others are likely to come soon but there are no dates.

He does, however, have two official visits over the coming days – Nevada on Dec. 12 and ASU on Dec. 14.

Choudja said he doesn't anticipate making a decision until at least late January, mentioning that he wanted to take his visits, see if other schools jump on board and that he wants to keep all his options open.

His recruitment took off over the past month after his video highlights came out, which you can SEE HERE.

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