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Is three-star DT Wayne Kirby leaning toward WSU after his official visit?

ANOTHER PROSPECT OUT on the Palouse this weekend was touted defensive tackle Wayne Kirby. And for the American Samoa native, the family vibe he saw in Pullman was head-turning. So much in fact that there were times he nearly committed, but decided to wait on pulling the trigger. What does this mean for his WSU recruitment? Where do the Cougs stand?

Post visit, the Cougs stand very, very high on his list,  Kirby told Cougfan.com.

“This weekend was just a blast,” Kirby said. “It was a great experience. I was definitely impressed and I loved hanging out with the players. I got to know guys like Robert Barber and Frankie Luvu pretty well. All those Poly guys were great. Eveery night I was there was fun for me. I really enjoyed how close they are.”

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Kirby, who was born in American Samoa and then adopted by a family from Idaho, is being recruited by the Cougars as a defensive tackle. Throughout the weekend, defensive line coach Joe Salave'a made it clear to the Pocatello (Highland High) product that the Cougars need him in crimson.

“Coach Salave’a told me that they’re not very deep at the position and they need someone to come in who is physically ready to compete, but also who is ready to be a leader. Honestly, that’s what has me leaning towards WSU a little bit. They are up-and-coming and they need some help right away.”

In addition to WSU, Kirby is still considering Utah and BYU, while another team has jumped into the mix. Kirby said Oregon has come in late and he’ll be taking an official visit to Eugene this weekend. 

He was scheduled to visit BYU, but will take the UO trip instead. He’s then scheduled to visit Utah on Jan. 29. Kirby was previously committed to BYU and took an unofficial visit there over the summer.

Despite the other three teams still trying to land his services, the Cougars appear to be in a pretty good spot as National Signing Day nears. 

“Throughout the weekend, committing to WSU was running through my head,” Kirby said. “That’s how I felt at BYU too, tough. I just want to make sure that feeling lasts. On my way home, it did. These other visits will help me realize if this is the right place for me.

“I can actually see myself going to WSU. There are a ton of guys that Coach Joe recruited from the islands and they all stick together. We have that Polynesian connection. It’s really cool to see what Coach Joe does for them. Polynesian guys play with their hearts. Not to be rude, but there are other players around the country that play like everything is given to them. Polynesians play for the love of the game. It’s our livelihood.”

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Kirby added that he had a memorable one-on-one with WSU head man Mike Leach following a tour of the campus. 

“We didn’t even talk about football,” Kirby said. “He’s just a very intelligent guy. He has a lot more to offer than just football. He was telling me stories about the books he has written and he was going on about pirates for quite a while (laugh). We talked a lot about family as well. I think he only mentioned football once and that was when I asked him about the program.

“That’s one thing I noticed about WSU and it’s my favorite part (of the school). Everyone is a family over there. Everyone is so close. When I was hanging out with the football players, guys I didn’t know would come up to me and introduce themselves. They were all so friendly. That family aspect of the campus is great.”

Note: CF.C is continuing to reach out to prospects about their WSU visits over the weekend. When we hear back, we’ll be sure to crank out more recaps. 


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