Four-star visitor blown away by WSU letters

WHEN YOU’RE A four-star prospect, you’re going to get a lot of love from a lot of programs. But linebacker Kyahva Tezino, in town this weekend for his official visit to Washington State, says he was shocked to get home Tuesday and see the amount of mail WSU had sent him. The L.A. product didn’t receive five, 10 or even 15 letters from the Cougar staff that day. It was a whole lot more than that.

Holding double-digit offers, Tezino (pictured above) is used to all the recruiting attention, but he was left stunned in his tracks to see what WSU had sent.

“I think I got 100 hand written letters from them on Tuesday,” Tezino told this week. “I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was really thoughtful of them, though, to show that they’re that interested in me. I would say they (WSU) are recruiting me the hardest.

"None of the other schools on me are recruiting me like they are.”

OUT OF Bishop Mora Salesian High and ranked the No. 6 linebacker prospect out West (and the No. 256 top prospect overall nationally regardless of position), Tezino recently spoke with area recruiter Dennis Simmons to confirm his visit plans. He has a game Friday night which provides some travel challenges.

“I’ll be leaving for Pullman at around 5 a.m. on Saturday, but I’ll be up there by around 10 or so,” Tezino said. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s an important visit for my recruitment, so I’m excited to see everything.

“This is my first official visit, so I’m hoping to see a nice campus and see if I can see myself living there. I’m hoping I like it.”

The four-star 'backer added that Simmons, along with WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson and defensive coordinator Mike Breske, have all been involved in his recruitment.

“We talk a lot about their defensive schemes and how I could fit in,” Tezino said. “I could go in there and make an impact early. A lot of their young guys play at a young age, which is something I like.

“I’m taking this visit to see how I feel about the school. They’re one of my top choices right now.”

Besides WSU, the 6-1, 215-pounder said Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Colorado, UW and San Diego State (all have offered) are other schools he’s highly interested in. He is yet to set up additional official visits, but is in the process of doing so. A decision, he said, likely won’t come until February's signing day.

ELSEWHERE IN RECRUITING, Northwest Elite Index’s Ryland Spencer informed CF.C on Thursday morning that Lincoln High wide receiver Jayson Williams will be taking an unofficial visit to Pullman this weekend.

Williams is an intriguing under-the-radar prospect -- he blew up for Lincoln this season. The 6-1, 190-pounder hauled in 66 receptions for 1,266 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 under the direction of Abes’ head coach and former Seattle Seahawks QB Jon Kitna.

The Tacoma product recently surfaced on the WSU recruiting radar following a big-time performance in Lincoln’s victory over O’Dea on Nov. 14. In that game, during a WSU bye week, Williams caught four passes for 146 yards and a TD. Mike Leach and assistant Wilson were on hand to see his teammate -- three-star LB Jusstis Warren, who holds a Washington State offer..

Williams holds offers from Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State and Portland State.

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