BREAKING: WSU commit primes Hawaii pipeline

HE'S A BRUISING running back, and a linebacker with good speed who packs a wallop. He's from The Islands, he's been feeling Wazzu for a while now and he went crimson on Thursday afternoon. And if his junior highlight tape and what his prep coach has to say are any indicators, he's going to fit in swimmingly at Washington State and in the Pac-10.

Chester Su'a out of Honolulu has become the Cougs' fourth verbal commit in the 2011 class, said his prep coach, who used the word "tough" over and over in describing the newest member of the Cougar family.

"Coach Rich Rasmussen has been in contact with Chester and myself a lot, I think it was early on that they were the second school to offer Chester," said Kaimuki head coach Clint Onigama. "And ever since he had a chance to really get in contact with the WSU coaches, that was where he wanted to go.

"There's been a lot of interest in him from a lot of other schools, but he seemed very determined to go to Washington State. They've been really good about keeping in contact with him, monitoring his grades and making sure everything is on track, all those kinds of things."

SU'A STANDS 6-foot-2, weighs 205 pounds and was clocked in the 4.5 range at a recent combine, said Onigama. He joins S Max Gama, MLB Max Hersey and RB Bishop Sankey as class of '11 future Cougars.

Where Su'a lines up at Washington State remains to be seen.

"With Chester, his potential is unlimited," said Onigama. "He can do so much. I think he would excel at running back -- but if that doesn't work, I'm certain that at outside 'backer, he would be a force for them. He's a tough kid.

"He has a big frame, he can pack on a lot of weight. And the thing about him is he is so willing to contribute wherever he's needed.. He's physical. And he definitely loves contact."

SU'A, WHO'S GIVEN first name is Ualesi, held offers from Washington State, Wyoming and Idaho with Oregon, Washington and Oregon State all ramping up the recruiting love in recent weeks and during the May Evaluation period.

"Those three were his only actual offers but he's been getting a lot more interest. Oregon State definitely was (coming on strong). Oregon was showing interest and contacting him. Boise State, Washington, Utah -- they were all recruiting and contacting him. Hawaii had shown some interest but they usually (take more time). I'm sure that I'm missing a few schools too, but he was getting heavy interest from a lot of places," said Onigama.

JUNIOR STATS on Su'a weren't immediately available at press time (check back a little later on CF.C) but he was a driving force for Kaimuki despite it being his first season there, having just arrived in Hawaii this past year from Samoa. He didn't waste much time in making a splash, said Onigama.

"I think his ability to do so much, his ability to contribute in so many ways, is what makes him special," said Onigama. "He wasn't just our leading rusher, he was our leading receiver. He's a big contributor for us on defense, he returns kicks -- his combination of size and speed make him tough to handle out there on the field.

"He's a good kid. And he's a good athlete -- he plays basketball, track, volleyball and excels in all of them. He's a really well rounded athlete, has a lot of intangibles and he's so willing to learn. And when he gets out on the field, he's tough and his personality changes. He's really tough."

Check out Sua's junior highlight reel below.

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