Apple Cup loss meaningless to 4-star visitor

THE RESULT WASN’T what Washington State fans wanted to see in the Apple Cup, but it didn't have much of an effect on a WSU official visitor. Four-star linebacker Kyahva Tezino just left Pullman and told the trip couldn’t have gone better. Although WSU lost the game, Tezino said the outcome wasn't his focus and that his interest in Washington State has gone up following the weekend.

“The visit was a good experience for me," Tezino (pictured above) told CF.C on Sunday afternoon. “It was great actually.”

The four-star Los Angeles product arrived to the Palouse on Saturday morning and left around 30 hours later. Although a short trip, the WSU campus and staff made an impact on him, he said.

“The thing I really liked about Washington State was that they put academics first,” Tezino said. “We met with their academic advisers and they said that education always comes first at WSU and football comes second. I liked that a lot.

“I got to meet with Coach Leach and he was a nice guy. He was basically telling me and the other recruits that he wants us to come play for him and make an impact.”

SEEING THE COUGS in action at Martin Stadium was a memorable experience, as well as seeing the new Football Operations Building, Tezino said. The new facilities have received high praise from recruits since its completion and that certainly was the case for the 6-1, 200-pounder.

“I would say the highlight of my trip was seeing the new facilities that they have,” he said. “I really liked it a lot. It was very nice. I also enjoyed meeting all the coaches and the players.

“The stadium was great, too. It was loud and the student section was nice. We were told that everything was brand new inside of the stadium and I liked that.”

UW defeated WSU 31-13 and although the Cougs saw their record fall to 3-9, Tezino said the loss has no bearing on his interest in Washington State.

“I enjoyed myself out there,” Tezino said. “Teams lose every day. The loss didn’t affect my interest in them at all. I enjoyed my visit and being out there raised my interest in them a lot. It was a really good trip for me.”

TEZINO WAS HOSTED by cornerback Daquawn Brown, also from Los Angeles. The sophomore did a good job showing Tezino around and introducing him to players.

“He was telling me how great the school is,” Tezino said. “He loves it out there and he said it’s a great place for me to come and play early.

“I liked the small-town vibe as well. It kind of reminded me of back home because my high school is small and pretty close-knit. Everything is right there for us and that’s how it is at WSU.”

Tezino knew before his visit he was not going to verbally commit as he’s still planning on taking additional official trips. He said he hopes to make his final decision sometime in January or close to signing day in February.

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