Where do WSU commits stand following visits?

BOTH JALEN THOMPSON and Chima Onyeukwu committed to WSU without taking a trip to the Palouse. So you’d understand their excitement heading into their official visits this weekend. spoke with both prospects on Sunday night and they both had the same message for Coug fans curious about their recruitment.

They are locked in with the Cougs.

Onyeukwu, an outside linebacker out of Contra Costa College, left Pullman on Sunday afternoon and had nothing but good things to say about his 48 hours in the 509.

“The visit was amazing,” he said. “Man, I loved Pullman. I liked the facilities, the college town, everything. It was an exciting experience.”

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Onyeukwu committed to the Cougs over offers from Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah State, but has remained firm in his commitment since giving the Cougs his verbal in June.

“I met with Coach Leach and he let me know that he’s excited for me to be a part of this team,” Onyeukwu said. “They are trying to win games and get better each year. I like the coaches. They accept you and take care of you over there.”

The 6-3, 220-pounder was hosted by defensive back Hunter Dale this weekend. 

“He showed me around campus and the coaches gave us a whole tour,” he said. “Hunter told me it’s the place to be. I also met Shalom Luani and Jeremiah Allison. That was cool. All of them had wonderful things to say.”

Onyeukwu, who is coming off a monster sophomore season, is planning on signing with WSU in February and will arrive in either late May or early June.

“They want me to come over there and play the WIL,” Onyeukwu said. “I met with Coach Roy Manning and Coach Ken Wilson. They really make it sound like I’m wanted over there and I liked that.

“I’m still hearing from Utah State and Fresno State, but I’m not worried about those schools. I’m locked in with Washington State and that’s where I’ll be playing.”

AS FOR THOMPSON, it was also his first time out on the Palouse and the three-star cornerback also had a similar experience to Onyeukwu.

“The visit was just great,” Thompson said. “All the coaches and players were very welcoming. I loved Pullman and hanging out with the guys. It was a lot of fun to see how they practiced and what they did every day.

“At practice, I got to hang out with Coach Alex Grinch and I enjoyed seeing him teach different techniques and run everything.”

Thompson, who has signed a Financial Aid Agreement with WSU and will enroll in January, said he was blown away by the Football Operations Building. 

“The facilities were great, probably the best ones I’ve ever seen,” he said. “They have a brand new weight room, a new coaches office, everything. I really liked it. Seeing everything was a great experience. I especially liked the college town. It feels like everyone in the town supports you.” 

Thompson committed to WSU in June over tenders from Utah, Washington, San Diego State and others. He’s ranked the No. 52 CB in the country by

“I spoke with Coach Grinch and Coach Leach over the weekend and they basically told me they’ve watched my film over and over again,” Thompson said. “They like what they see. If I work hard, I can come in early and get a chance to play or start. This is my last full week of high school, then I’ll be getting ready to get to WSU in early January. I’m going to Washington State for sure. A lot of the other schools that were recruiting me have backed off. I can’t wait to get up there.”

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