BREAKING NEWS: Four-star defender to WSU

COUGFAN.COM HAS learned that a four-star standout prep football player has committed verbally to Washington State, bringing to 11 the number of known verbals secured by the Cougs for their 2005 class. CF.C talked to the latest member of the WSU family earlier today.

This one is huge. Literally. It's also a cause for celebration, jumping up and down would not be out of order.

Four WSU coaches certainly thought it appropriate.

Coming by to see Fevaea'i Ahmu Tuesday night: Washington state coaches Mike Walker, Robb Akey, Ken Greene and George Yarno. During the in-home, Ahmu told them he wanted to be a Cougar.

"I can't remember the words exactly," laughed Ahmu. "But I said something like 'I think I'm ready to be a Cougar.'"

Cue the hops.

"They were just jumping," Ahmu said. "I saw coach Walker and coach Yarno get UP! They were jumping. They were all jumping, coach Akey, everybody," he laughed.

Our guess is there are some dents in the living room ceiling, especially if defensive coordinator Akey was flying high in the Ahmu household.

"Coach Yarno said he was getting goosebumps. They were really happy that I decided to go to the school."

The 6-0, 290-pound wrecking ball from San Diego is among the top prospects in the West. He simply wreaked havoc upon offenses this year for Serra High.

Washington State bested Oregon in the Ahmu sweepstakes. Colorado and Arizona were among other suitors on his short list.

Cougar defensive line coach Mike Walker was the primary recruiter on Ahmu -- the former WSU and CFL defensive line standout was the deciding factor in Ahmu choosing the Cougs over the Ducks.

"I just felt I had a little more of a connection with coach Walker, I felt he could (best) teach me."

Ahmu told CF.C after his Apple Cup visit that the experience Walker brings to the table, how much Ahmu thinks he can learn from defensive line coach, was a huge plus.

"Coach Walker is definitely a positive there -- his playing defensive tackle (in college and the pros.) It really seems like he knows the game," Ahmu said at the time.

Defensive coordinator Akey and coach Bill Doba also each made a strong impression on Ahmu on his official visit.

"And coach Akey, he's high tempo and he's excited about me."

"Coach Doba, he's real calm, collective and a fun going guy. It just seems like he'll take care of me if I go there."


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