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BREAKING: No. 1-ranked safety in Hawaii Charles Watson picks WSU

IT WAS NEARLY two weeks ago that the No. 1-ranked safety in Hawaii, Charles Watson, told Cougfan.com that he had high interest in Washington State and that a decision was coming soon. And that decision came on Monday night, with the Samoan defensive back announcing that he'll be playing his college ball out on the Palouse.

Joe Salave'a has struck again, landing another Samoan star for the Cougars... Watson is a Coug.

The three-star prospect announced his commitment to Washington State on a local television station on Monday night, picking the Cougs over his other finalists Fresno State, San Diego State, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Hawaii.

Salave'a is Watson's area recruiter for WSU, with Cougar d-coordinator Alex Grinch also making a strong impression.

"The coaches at Washington State really showed me love in the past couple months," Watson told KHON2-TV in making his announcement. "Coach Joe Salave'a has been recruiting me heavy. And Coach Grinch really showed me how he wants to use me inside his defense. I've built bonds with a lot of the Washington State commits."

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Checking in at 6-2, 180-pounds, Watson also had offers from Colorado and UNLV. Earlier this month, the Wahiawa, Hawaii product told CF.C he was extremely interested in playing his college ball in Pullman, with Salave'a being a big reason why.

“I love Washington State,” Watson said. “Honestly, I just love them. Coach Joe Salave'a is recruiting me and he has built a strong relationship with me. All the coaches have, but with Coach Joe, he’s Samoan and understands what it means to be Samoan like me.

“It’s a big Samoan family over there. They’re building that Poly pipeline. To me, that’s a big thing. I love being around Polynesian people because those are my type of people. That’s what I like about Wazzu. I know they were 9-4 last year too and they’ve got Falk and a bunch of other guys coming back.”

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Watson is yet to take a trip to WSU, but told CF.C that he's planning on taking his official visit to the Palouse sometime this fall. Watson also said he's planning on taking additional trips to Vanderbilt, Oregon State and possibly Oregon. 

With Watson's verbal, WSU now has known commitments from Alec Kuzmack, Lamonte McDougle, George Moore, George Hicks, Tyquez Hampton, Cyrus Habibi-Likio, Isaiah Hodgins, Connor Neville, Dontae Powell and Tayari Venable.


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