Future Coug QB Hilinski signs FAA with Wazzu

FOLLOWING A RECENT unofficial visit to Pullman, quarterback Tyler Hilinski said he knew he made the right decision in committing to Washington State. He enjoyed the trip so much, he informed CF.C he would graduate early and arrive to Pullman in January. On Tuesday morning, he took things one step further.

Moments ago, Tyler Hilinski told CF.C that he has signed a Financial Aid Agreement with WSU. He had previously told CF.C about his plans to graduate early from Upland High in Upland, Calif., and enroll at WSU for the spring semester in January.

Hilinski first made the announcement of his signing on his Twitter account.

“Yes sir, it was an FAA,” Hilinski said in a text. “I am going up there early before National Signing Day and this is what I needed to sign to make me a Coug!”

Hilinski sent a copy of the FAA to CF.C, a portion of which appears below.

Note: A financial aid agreement shouldn't be confused with a Letter of Intent. A financial aid agreement is not binding in the way an LOI is -- the student-athlete could still sign a binding LOI with a different school in February and enroll elsewhere, though Hilinski has remained steadfast in his desire to play at WSU and politely declined an offer from Cal not long ago.

The financial aid agreement means the university is obligated to honor the scholarship, plus recruiting restrictions that previously were in place, such as limits on phone calls and in-person contact, are also lifted.

This is a new trend -- recruits generally did not sign financial-aid papers prior to Signing Day.

It came about after the NCAA released an interpretation by the academic and membership affairs staff stating that a prospect who intends to graduate from high school in the middle of an academic year, and enroll early at a university, may sign a financial-aid agreement on or after Aug. 1 of his senior year.

HILINSKI VERBALLY COMMITTED to Washington State during his first unofficial visit to the Palouse in late April. At the time, he chose WSU over offers from Utah State and Penn.

Since his verbal, the 6-3, 200-pounder added an offer from Cal, but quickly let CF.C know that he was rock solid to head man Mike Leach.

Earlier this month, Hilinski and his mom took a trip to Pullman to get a tour of the new Football Operations Building, and they were both blown away, he said. Coupled with his meeting with Leach and other members of the staff, the three-star QB said he knew it was the right place for him to spend the next 4-5 years of his life.

“I absolutely loved it out there and my mom did too,” Hilinski said in an interview earlier this month. “The new facilities over there are awesome and I had a great time touring it with some of the coaches and having the chance to speak with Coach Leach. I can’t wait to get out here and start my career.”

Shortly after he made his announcement on Twitter, the future Coug received a welcoming tweet from the official Washington State football twitter handle.

“Welcome to the WSU Coug Family @Tyler_Hlinski9!!! #gocougs,” the tweet read.

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