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Nilsson Gaisoa reveals his choice: WSU

As college football's recruiting season crescendos to National Signing day next Wednesday, the chase to fill commitment lists is often compared to musical chairs.

More topically, one could compare it to a presidential campaign's quest to woo undecided voters.

College coaches are trying to find the few remaining uncommitted recruits who might one day be all-conference players, athletes who perhaps waited to long to accept a scholarship are watching their options dwindle, and on top of that everyone involved is changing their minds more often than the aforementioned seekers of higher political office.

Commitment decisions made at this time of year are frequently informed at least in part by the looming signing day deadline and its attendant pressure to secure a scholarship while one is still available.

That's not what happened when offensive tackle Nilsson Gaisoa from Hawaii's Kailua High announced his commitment to WSU on Thursday, though. Gaisoa was not making a rushed decision because he was not making a decision at all, he was just going public with one he made months ago.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser broke the news on Thursday that Gaisoa had accepted a scholarship offer early in the fall from WSU, the first school to contact him and the first to extend a scholarship offer.

Gaisoa told the paper that he was subsequently contacted by coaches from Colorado, Oregon and other schools, but that he decided to stick with his commitment to WSU. According to that story, Gaisoa first visited the WSU campus last weekend, on on an official visit.

The Cougars have now received public commitments from 25 players, the highest number a school s allowed to take in a given recruiting class. But don't expect an uneventful run-up to signing day.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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