VERBAL COMMIT: Cougs land mammoth JC OL

WASHINGTON STATE has secured a verbal commitment from a massive -- 6-5, 330-pound -- junior college offensive lineman who could provide the Cougs an instant answer at the right tackle spot opened up by graduating Charles Harris. He's yet another future Cougar who's received All-America plaudits and to top it all off, the young man will enroll in January and take part in WSU's spring ball.

Vaughn Lesuma, a former rugby player from Fiji, comes to WSU from Mt. San Jacinto College, located equidistant between L.A. and San Diego. he is the third Cougar verbal who has received junior college All-America recognition, joining Luis Vasquez and Devin Frischknecht.

Because Lesuma is set to graduate by year's end, he can sign his letter of intent as soon as Dec. 20, enroll in January and then start knockin' heads when the Cougs suit up for the spring session.

The first-team All-Foothill Conference selection and second team JC Gridwire All-American chose WSU over offers from Oregon State, Iowa State, New Mexico State and San Diego State.

"The final decision is I'm heading to Pullman, Washington -- I'm a Cougar," said Lesuma.

A scheduled official visit to San Diego State (Dec. 8) was canceled as it became clear Washington State was the place for him. Plus, he had finals to prepare for, said Lesuma.

A recent in-home visit by WSU head coach Bill Doba sealed the deal along with a follow-up by o-line coach George Yarno, Lesuma said.

After the Doba in-home, Lesuma asked his California family, his uncle and brother, 'Well, what do you think?' Both told him he should go crimson and run, not walk, to Pullman. Lesuma wanted to wait until he was done with finals and back in Hawaii to talk things over with his parents and having now done so, said he's "150 percent on Washington State."

"Coming home, being with the family and talking over things, I just personally found that Washington State was the place for me -- I'm very excited to be a Cougar." he said.

THE SCOOP ON Lesuma is that he's a natural with great feet and strength. As good as he's shown his first two JC seasons, he's probably only skimmed the surface.

A native of Fiji, Lesuma has only played football for two seasons, first getting into a three-point stance in junior college. Lesuma was a rugby player in Fiji who came first to Snow College and then Mt. San Jacinto with virtually no knowledge of the game, learning it from the ground up -- from terminology to execution. Consider him a quick study.

After a solid first season, the game of football slowed down for Lesuma his sophomore campaign, resulting in the first team all conference and second team All-America honors in 2006. Lesuma has two-to-play-two at Washington State.

And keep an eye out for brother Reed Lesuma, a 6-foot-4, 300 pounder who just finished his freshman season at Mt. San Jacinto.

Vaughn Lesuma profile

Lesuma brings to 16 the known members in Washington State's 2007 class: TE Devin Frischknecht, CB Byron Davenport, DT Trey Henderson, DE Luis Vasquez, LB Marshal Pirtz, QB Marshall Lobbestael, S/ATH Cornorris Atkins, RB Logwone Mitz, WR Daniel Blackledge, DE Tyson Pencer, OL Andrew Roxas, DT B.J. Guerra, LB Tyson Kirksey, QB Kevin Lopina and OL Kevin Freitag. Note: Lopina enrolled at WSU this summer and practiced all season with the team but because he was ineligible to play in 2006 after transferring from K-State, he is classified by Scout as part of the '07 class.

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