An incredible week of Cougar football recruiting continues with two more Washington State verbals late Saturday. First we’ll talk about Hawaii’s own, Kingston Fernandez.
Fernandez is a 6’3, 240 pound DE/LB out of Kapolei, HI and is rated only 2-stars by Scout at this time. He doesn’t play like it though. Looking at his highlight tape (seen below), the kid is lightning off the edge. He’s also the exact type of player that has the size and strength to come in and contribute immediately, especially in third down passing situations.
So ole Joe (Salave’a) has done it again and this one looks like the real deal. He only runs a 4.8 40, but he’s got a much faster reaction rate than most 3-stars I’ve seen, which makes his game speed much faster than his straight-forward speed. He closes angles off beautifully, breaks down instinctively and runs through his target repeatedly.
On top of that he’s strong enough and quick enough to avoid a lot of blocks. Although I’m wary of over-analyzing a little due to the talent level of the kids blocking him. It’s definitely not California talent on the O-line across the way, but that’s not a concern as far as Fernandez goes, just an observation on the guy right across from him.
According to Braulio Perez at Cougfan, two more Hawaiian prospects hold offers from Mike Leach and Co. RB Adam Noga (5’10, 185) and DE Lamone Williams (6’3, 245), who is rated higher than Fernandez, at 3-stars and #128 DE overall.
Here’s the tape of Kingston Fernandez, the newest Coug as of late Saturday night.