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BREAKING: New Coug DE out of Hawaii is off the radar no more, says Salave’a departure has no effect on strength of his WSU commitment

IN THIS day and age where recruiting nuggets are posted on CF.C message boards and tossed up on social media with breakneck speed, it’s rare that a recruit verbally commits … and it goes unreported. But that’s what happened with a Hawaii DE headed to Washington State as part of its 2017 class -- until tonight. CF.C spoke with the newest Cougar moments ago.

Future Cougar DE Christian Mejia (6-3, 220) out of Kailua, Hawaii, is off the crimson radar no more.  He is a two-time, first-team All-State selection for his work on the Kailua High defensive line (the first from Kailua to accomplish the repeat since 2003-04).

A long and lean d-end prospect, he went crimson over offers from Hawaii, Vanderbilt and others.

“I (committed) a couple months ago,” said Mejia, who is wrapping up his official visit and will fly out of Pullman very early tomorrow morning, long before the sun rises.  His former teammate at Kailua, o-lineman Nilsson Gaisoa spent this past season redshirting at WSU as part of the Cougs' 2016 signing class.

Complete senior season stats on Mejia, who also played spot duty at tight end, were unavailable at press time. As a junior, Mejia on defense racked up 15 sacks and in addition to the All-State honor, he was named OIA East Division Player of the Year.  He's also a star player on Kailua's basketball team.

He said the departure of Cougar DL coach Joe Salave’a to Oregon had no bearing on his decision to remain a Cougar.

“It was amazing,” he said of his official visit to Washington State. “Everything over here is brand new, it was great to see all the facilities and meet with the coaches. All the coaches are here to help me succeed over here, it’s just a really great place.

“It’s all about family over here.”

Speaking of family, Mejia’s parents came along on the official visit to Pullman.

“They think it’s amazing too,” said Mejia.  “It was good getting to know (Mike Leach) more. He’s a great guy putting in the effort out here.”

Mejia said he's ticketed for defensive end at WSU. It’s possible he could also get a look at RUSH early on but the big picture plan is for him to fill out his frame and play his hand down at d-end.

“They’re going to put some weight on me and maybe put me down in a stance -- 'rush-type' maybe, but they’re going to put some weight on me,” said Mejia.

A quick check online yielded little senior tape on Mejia, perhaps another reason why he’s flown under the radar for so long. Here is his HUDL page: Click here

Mejia said he bonded with WSU defensive quality control assistant David Lose during his time in Pullman as well as his future Cougar teammates and position group.

“I spent a lot of time with the d-line and getting close with them, it’s just all about family over here, everybody is really close,” he said.

Mejia said he’s not taking any other visits and is firmly committed to WSU.

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