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Hawaiian defensive back Alaka’i Gilman decommits from Washington State

Washington State Cougars quarterback Anthony Gordon (18) heads to the locker room after falling to UW during the second half of a college football game on Friday, November 29, 2019, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. UW won the game 31-13. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Anthony Gordon (18) heads to the locker room after falling to UW during the second half of a college football game on Friday, November 29, 2019, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. UW won the game 31-13. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

A promising defensive back prospect from the Hawaiian islands has chosen to reopen his recruitment six months after committing to Washington State.

Alaka’i Gilman, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety from Honolulu football powerhouse Punahou, announced on Twitter late Tuesday he’d decommitted from Washington State in order to reconsider his options eight days before the beginning of the early signing period.

Gilman posted the following from his Twitter account Tuesday: “Grateful for all that the Washington State staff and family has done for me, but at this time it is in my best interest to decommit and open up my recruitment! Thank you to all who continue to support me!”

Without Gilman in the 2019 signing class, the Cougars would be down to just three defensive back pledges. Safety and cornerback are both positions of need for a team that’s struggled in the secondary this season and had three DBs dismissed from the program. WSU is also losing starting senior cornerback Marcus Strong to graduation.

Blair Angulo of 247Sports.com anticipates that Gilman, despite his decommitment from WSU, will be playing in the Pac-12 North nonetheless and will sign with Stanford a week from now.

The three-star defensive back has collected a number of other offers from Power Five schools, including Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Nebraska and USC.

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