BREAKING: Here's why 3-star LB Faavae Faavae chose Washington State over ASU, Louisville, Colorado and others

WASHINGTON STATE doesn't play Arizona State until Saturday but Mike Leach got a win over Todd Graham a day early. Three-star LB prospect Faavae Faavae out of Santa Ana, Calif., verbally committed to the Cougars on AM-570 LA Sports Radio over offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Louisville and more.

Faavae out of Mater Dei High said he chose Washington State because of 1) the education; 2) the prospects to play as a freshman and 3) because of the opportunities at Washington State to form "long-term, great relationships with empowering entrepreneurs, you know, Paul Allen of Microsoft and the Throwin' Samoan, Jack Thompson."

Faavae (6-1, 210) held 14 offers. He is rated three stars by and the No. 6 linebacker prospect out West.

I've decided to pursue my higher education, and bring a national championship to, as well as building long-term relationships at Washington State University. Go Cougs!" said Faavae.

The prospects of earning early playing time at Wazzu were crucial to his decision, said Faavae.

"I talked to Coach (Ken) Wilson, Coach (Dave) Nichol, Coach (Joe) Salave'a and they told me, man, I'll come in right away and you know, play as a true freshman. So that was huge."

Faavae pledged Washington State sight unseen. He's planning his official visit to Washington State for the second  weekend in December.'s Greg Biggins will be at Faavae's game tonight have much more later on.

Faavae becomes the 13th known verbal commitment in Leach's 2017 recruiting class.

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