Future Coug Fernandez is done looking around

WASHINGTON STATE AND Arizona State have engaged in a good-sized number of recruiting battles this cycle. Kingston Fernandez (3-stars, 6-3, 242) has offers from both and during the last official visit weekend of 2013, he went crimson. Not long after that, ASU got in touch and wanted him to trip out - he had an official visit to spare, so why not? Fernandez, however, had other ideas.

Fernandez, out of Kapolei, Hawaii, said for him to go an official visit to Arizona State after verbally committing to Washington State wouldn't have felt right.

"Arizona State, the week after I came back, their coaches asked me if I had made my final decision and they wanted me to visit," said Fernandez. "I called them and just told them straight up that giving my word to Washington State, that's me giving my trust and loyalty to Washington State and that I wasn't going to be taking any more trips.

"I told them I was very appreciative of them, I feel very fortunate that they were recruiting and (offered me) but I told them I didn't want them spending any more time or money on me to take a trip there because I didn't want them to do that and then not (get their guys.) I'm very confident and very glad I made the decision to go to Washington State."

IT DIDN'T TAKE long after he arrived at WSU before Fernandez knew he had found his new home.

"Immediately when I got there, I really liked the area and the (community), there's not as many distractions... the team treated me like family and Coach Joe Salave'a was also a really big factor in my choosing Washington State," said Fernandez.

Fernandez said he's been in touch with both Salave'a and Mike Leach since his official to Washington State.

"Coach Leach was Facebook messaging me and I was just telling him how excited I am," said Fernandez. "I feel really fortunate to be coached by him and his staff and I'm really excited to get up there this summer. Coach Salave'a, he's a really great man, he's a down-to-earth guy and makes you fell like you're really part of the family.

"He came here to Hawaii in (early December for an in-home) and sat down with me and my family and he really wanted to get to know my family. No other coach did that. And I loved Pullman… there was snow on the ground, and we don't really get much of that here in Hawaii!"

FERNANDEZ ON TAPE is impressive and shows a real affinity for rushing the passer.

He'll come to Wazzu as a BUCK, and it would seem likely he'd be playing that position with his hand down a good amount of time. He had 17 sacks and 15 tackles-for-loss among his 68 tackles this season for Kapolei.

"The BUCK linebacker is where they're recruiting me," said Fernandez. "And when I was there I watched the practice and studied on what they do. My primary position (at Kapolei) is defensive end, but I also started playing some outside linebacker (this year.)

I'm really looking forward to the BUCK... I'm very happy to be a Cougar, I'm exited for next season."




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