UPDATE: Hameed discusses Wazzu verbal

IT WAS ONLY a few days ago that Alameda, Calif. CB Sulaiman Hameed said he was going to wait a little closer to signing day before he made his college decision. However, on Monday, the standout 5-11, 175-pounder tells CF.C he will don a Washington State jersey in 2014.

Three-star cornerback Sulaiman Hameed is a Coug.

"I just committed to Washington State," Hameed texted CF.C moments ago.

Hameed chose Washington State over offers from Arizona State and UC Davis, while the new Washington staff was showing increased interest.

THE ALAMEDA HIGH senior, said there were numerous reasons why he decided to go crimson, but in the end, it came down to his relationship with the staff and the experience he had during his unofficial visit to the Palouse over the summer.

"To be honest, I've been thinking about committing to Washington State for a while now," Hameed said. "I just wanted to make sure everything felt right, though. I love the program and how they encourage guys as athletes, but also as young men.

"It's not just about football at Washington State. The coaches want to see you grow as a person. I love the environment in Pullman too. After a lot of thinking, I just felt like it's the best place where I can be successful."

Hameed said his relationship with area recruiter and WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro also stood out to him throughout his recruitment.

"When I called him this morning to commit, he was super pumped," Hameed said with a laugh. "I texted him and then gave him a call and he told me he jumped out of bed to pick up the phone. He was fired up and he let me know Coach Leach and the rest of the coaches were excited as well."

IN ADDITION TO the WSU coaching staff, Hameed's commitment was also welcoming news to a pair of fellow class of 2014 commits.

"Kevin Griffin is my cousin and we've been very close since we were younger," Hameed said. "He's been in my ear for a while now and I spoke with and my uncle today to let them know. They both gave me so much support and told me how happy they were that I'm going to be a Cougar.

"The running back from Milpitas, Squally Canada, also got a hold of me on Twitter and he welcomed me to the family. That's what I love about Washington State. It's a welcoming vibe."

The newest Coug said he informed both ASU and UC Davis of his commitment to WSU and that other than his official visit to Pullman on Jan. 17, he won't be taking any other visits.

"My recruitment is shut down man," Hameed said. "I'm locked in with Washington State and I couldn't be happier about it. It's a relief because you have your recruitment over with and know you have an amazing place to go to next year. I truly am blessed."

Hameed becomes the 21st known verbal commit for the WSU class of 2014, joining WR Ronald, Monroe, DE Kingston Fernandez, RB Squally Canada, OL Miguel Machado, OL/HB Nick Begg, OL Andre Dillard, DT Ngalu Tapa, LB Chandler Leniu, OL Sean Krepsz, LB Frank Luvu, CB Joseph Turner, K Tristan Vizcaino, CB Kevin Griffin, WR Calvin Green, WR Keith Harrington, WR Zaire Andre, LB Greg Hoyd and QB Peyton Bender.

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