BREAKING: 3-star LB talks WSU verbal

IT’S BEEN A big 48 hours for the Washington State coaches. After landing a quarterback verbal from Cody Brewer on Friday, the Cougs struck once again on Saturday when three-star JUCO preseason All-America linebacker Chima Onyeukwu gave the Cougars his verbal pledge. Cougfan.com spoke with the hard-hitting -- and very fast -- 'backer moments ago.

Onyeukwu out of Contra Costa College was named to College Football America's preseason All-America team a few days ago. On Saturday evening, he became a Coug.

“I committed to Washington State about 30 minutes ago,” he informed CF.C moments ago. “I took some unofficial visits to some colleges this summer, but I realized that Washington State was the place for me.

“I haven’t taken a visit there yet, but I’ll be doing that this fall. They were the first school to offer me and that meant a lot. I had an offer from Utah State too, so I had a decision to make, but I’m headed to WSU.”

As he mentioned above, the 6-2, 215-pounder also had an offer from Utah State. Onyeukwu was also receiving interest from USC, Cal and Fresno State.

A junior college source told CF.C on Saturday night he thinks Onyeukwu is poised to blow up this season, and has loads of speed.

WSU RUNNING BACKS coach Jim Mastro is Onyeukwu’s area recruiter, having been in touch with him since WSU offered back in March. Onyeukwu is ticketed at outside linebacker at WSU.

“It’s been a good relationship with Coach Mastro,” Onyeukwu said. “We’ve been talking for quite some time. I spoke with him tonight to commit and he was excited about it. He’s looking forward to getting me up to Pullman.”

As a freshman for Contra Costa in 2014, Onyeukwu recorded 34 tackles, with four tackles for loss. He’s a hard-hitting outside linebacker, which the Cougs took notice of.

“The WSU coaches really like my speed and agility,” Onyeukwu said. “I can do every thing on the field. The WSU fans can expect a lot out of me when I get up there.”

Onyeukwu, who will graduate in May of 2016, has three years to play two. Although he hasn’t visited Washington State yet, that will change late in the season.

“I have my official visit set up to WSU for Nov. 21,” he said. “They play Colorado that weekend. I’m looking forward to it.”

The newest Coug verbal also had a special message for the WSU faithful.

“I’m excited to be a Cougar and it’s going to be a great couple of seasons when I get up there,” Onyeukwu said.


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