WSU Football Recruiting: 4-Star LB Chandler Leniu Opts Out of Cal, Will Be a Coug in 2014


Washington State’s 2014 recruiting class picked up a little juice yesterday when former California Golden Bears commit Chandler Leniu was released from his letter of intent and chose the Cougs as his new destination.

The 6’1″, 220-225 pound linebacker was committed to the Cougs for a couple months before changing his mind last Fall and eventually choosing Berkeley as home. While ESPN only has him as a 3-star LB, Scout tags him as the 12th-best backer in the nation.

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Leniu’s FBS offers in the recruiting process came from WSU, Cal, Fresno State, Iowa State, Kansas, Nevada and TCU. Normally after signing an LOI a transfer would mean a year of having to sit on the bench, but as you see in the tweets apparently he was granted a clean release from the school, which means he is immediately eligible if the Cougs should need his services this season.

So the 2014 recruiting class, for the moment at least, is back up to 24 after Jalen Canty decided not to enroll as a Coug after signing. Receiver Alec Dana is still out there as a possible last addition to the class after the Cougs offered him last week.

After losing a little enthusiasm over the Canty news, I am pretty jacked about this development as I have always loved the kid’s size, motor and incredible recognition/closing skills. 238 tackles his senior season at St. John Bosco! 238! Add to that 15 sacks and two picks and you got yourself a first-hand ball hawking LB! I can’t wait to see him play with Peyton Pelluer, who recorded high tackle numbers himself in high school. Tackling dummies beware!