Former 4-star recruit Chester Sua leaving WSU

MULTIPLE SOURCES with knowledge of the situation tell that fourth-year Washington State linebacker Chester Sua, a 4-star recruit coming out of high school, is no longer with the football program and will be leaving the university by the end of the semester. His departure brings and end to a Cougar football career that started with promise but never developed as expected.

Sua has been dismissed from WSU by the university's conduct board for actions that took place last spring, independent sources with knowledge of the situation tell CF.C. The sources asked not to be identified because WSU doesn't officially comment on student dismissals. The sources declined to offer details surrounding Sua but did say the conduct board also denied an appeal by Sua.

Sua has since asked to be able to finish out the semester, with a decision on that request pending. He could later petition to return to the university after a completed semester elsewhere, the sources said.

Sua lost a battle with Tana Pritchard for a starting job in fall camp and practiced primarily with the second unit through Week Two of this season. He played in the Rutgers and Nevada games, posting one tackle, but as Week Three practices unfolded for the Portland State game he was sidelined and/or absent, and hasn’t played in a game since then.

Sua was a four-star recruit in Paul Wulff's 2011 recruiting class. His career began positively, as he worked his way into the starting lineup as a true freshman by Week Six of that 2011 season. He appeared in 24 games his first two years, with six starts, and posted 56 tackles. But an injury (an unconfirmed back injury) shut him down for 2013, necessitating the use of his redshirt season. He was unable to practice for about a year.

By this past spring football session, he was finally close to full health. The subsequent fall camp battle between he and Pritchard waged for the starting WIL job was ultimately won by Pritchard. Pritchard has since been passed at the WIL by Jeremiah Allison.)

His dismissal adds to the so-so recent history WSU has had with 4-star recruits:
2009: Brandon Rankin: had a solid senior season
2009: Gino Simone: good freshman season but slowed by injury rest of way
2010: Aaron Dunn: undone by injuries and quit to play basketball at WWU
2010: C.J. Mizell: started for parts of two years before transferring
2011: Chester Sua: six career starts
2012: Gabe Marks: big-time producer from 2012-13, redshirting this season
2013: Tyler Bruggman: transferred to Louisville
2014: Chandler Leniu: redhsirting this season

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