BREAKING: CF.C speaks with new 3-star DE commit Aisa Kelemete

IF COUGAR FANS were hoping to get some big news following the biggest official visit weekend of the season, they just got it. On Monday evening, three-star defensive end Aisa Kelemete, formerly a Boise State verbal, shared the news of his commitment to WSU with and said it felt like the perfect fit.

The 6-4, 225-pound defensive end is a Coug.

Moments ago, Kelemete took to his Twitter page to announce to his followers that he has indeed flipped his verbal from Boise State to Washington State. But he actually made his decision while he was out on the Palouse.

"I committed to them on Saturday night," Kelemete said. "I told the Boise State coaches while I was at the airport and then I spoke with them again today."

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Kelemete had been committed to Boise State since July, but took his official visit to Pullman over the weekend. After meeting with the coaches and checking out the campus, he said he knew his future was in the Pac-12.

"I really liked everything about it (WSU)," Kelemete said. "I had a good connection with the players and coaches. It just seemed like a perfect fit for me."

Ranked three stars and the No. 1 defensive end out of Idaho, Kelemete has long been in contact with WSU defensive line coach Joe Salave'a, who ran the point on the newest Coug commit's recruitment.

"We get along really well," Kelemete said. "He basically just told me that I'm his guy. The coaches were excited when I committed. Coach Joe welcomed me to the family and gave me a big hug.

"Coach Mike Leach was talking to me about my major and also told me how I'd be a perfect fit for the team. I really liked the campus and facilities. Everything was amazing."

Updated: With Kelemete now on board, the Cougars now have 19 known verbals for the 2017 class. Kelemete joins LB Cole Dubots, CB Sean Harper, Rush/DE B.J. Thompson, DE Preston Hendry, OL Quazzel White, Safety Josh Talbott, LB Faavae Faavae,  ATH Damion Lee, DE Kelle Sanders, Safety/Nickel Anthony White Jr., CB Zaire Webb, OT George Moore, CB George Hicks, QB Connor Neville, OT Dontae Powell, OT Abraham Lucas, DE Joe Tryon and OT Alec Kuzmack.

NOTE: In the photo posted above, you'll see Kelemete with a black sling. He told CF.C he recently suffered a torn labrum, but had successful surgery. He's underway with his rehabilitation.


WSU wide receiver pledge Derrion Grim announced on twitter he was decommitting, saying that he felt he rushed into his verbal commitment too soon and needed "a little more time to think on the decision I've made."  Grim, a 6-0, 180-pounder out of San Joaquin Delta with three years of eligibility remaining, verbally committed to WSU in October and took his official visit to WSU the weekend of Dec. 3.  WSU was his lone offer at the time he pledged in October, Grim told CF.C.

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