For a while, Jacob Tuivaiave wasn’t sure if he’d sign a letter of intent to play at Washington State University.
After WSU hired Mike Leach, the new coach’s staff re-evaluated the 19 players that had orally committed to the Cougars. For various reasons, nine were told they no longer had offers to WSU.
“After I heard coach Leach was coming, I was kind of nervous if he’d drop me like those nine guys,” Tuivaiave said. “Once I heard from him, it was a great feeling.”
On Wednesday, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Washington High standout signed with the Cougars. Tuivaiave took his official visit to WSU last week and left impressed and excited.
“My impression of coach Leach was great,” he said. “He’s a great guy. His vision for WSU is very clear. I like how he came in and changed everything around.”
Tuivaiave played linebacker for the Patriots, earning SPSL 2A Defensive Player of the Year honors, but he expects to play defensive end or possibly outside linebacker.
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