ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Just before the dead period, Washington State struck it big with four commitments in a 24-hour period, with the second of two four-star prospects pulling the trigger being Semper Fidelis All-American Kyahva Tezino.
“I didn’t even know that was going to happen,” Tezino said as he registered for the Semper Fi Bowl at the Hyatt Regency Orange County on Tuesday. “I just committed, and it blew up. That’s a good deal.”
Tezino – who sports a 3.1 GPA – isn’t worried so much about helping add to the Cougars’ 24-player class, but rather getting ready for the next phase.
“Just getting ready to go on to college,” he said. “I’m trying to get my mind set to a college atmosphere and getting ready.”
He’s already gotten a taste of that thanks to his Dec. 12 official visit to Pullman, Wash., a visit which really sat right with the 6-foot, 200-pounder.
“The thing with me was just going somewhere and feeling at home,” Tezino said. “When I went out there and took my trip, I felt at home. I felt like I could see myself being there, and felt like if I didn’t play football, I could just be one of the students on campus.
“I’m not a city boy. I know I live in the city, but I lived in Bakersfield half my life, and I went to Salesian High School, which is not a big school. We’ve got 500, 600 boys, so I’m used to everybody knowing everybody in the community. I’m used to that.”
Helping Tezino get ready for the transition has been his former teammate at Los Angeles (Calif.) Bishop Mora Salesian, and a former Semper Fi All-American in his own right – Arizona linebacker Jamardre Cobb.
“He just said that the game is faster,” Tezino said. “Things go quicker. Everything is about speed. Going to the Pac-12 is about speed, is what he told me.”
Cobb was back home last week for a brief break before Wednesday’s Fiesta Bowl date between the Wildcats and Boise State, and he reconnected with his old friend Tezino, and the two talked about the All-American experience.
“He was out here last week. He had to go back for the bowl game, but he’ll be back out here, be here for the game, and he should be at the practices. He comes back on Jan. 2,” said Tezino, who’s just looking forward to having fun this week, and, he said, “just experiencing everything. Last year, Jamardre told me it was going to be fun. He was in this game, so I’m expecting to have fun, see how it is and everything.”