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WSU football recruiting: OL Nilsson Gaisoa officially signs his letter of intent

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Hawaiian offensive lineman kept his Wazzu commitment a secret for months.

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There's always a surprise or five during the home stretch to signing day and one of the biggest surprises, both literally and figuratively, was a Hawaiian offensive tackle revealing a longtime commitment to Washington State last week.

Nilsson "Miga" Gaisoa, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman from Kailua, Hawaii, officially signed his letter of intent Wednesday, just a week after announcing a verbal commitment that dates back several months following an official visit to Washington State on Jan. 22.

The Kailua standout, who was recruited by Joe Salave'a, received an offer from Washington State prior to his senior season and committed shortly after. Several schools, including Oregon, Colorado, San Diego State and Utah State, began recruiting him, but Gaisoa was set on WSU.

Gaisoa has been under the radar since. He's unranked by each major recruiting service, though he clearly has Pac-12 talent. At the Nike Football Combine in Hawaii last year, Gaisoa's SPARQ score was No. 7 among 2016 offensive lineman. Four of the prospects ahead of him — Nate Herbig, Michael Eletise, Frederick Mauigoa and Sean Auwae — will sign with Power Five programs, with three landing in the Pac-12.

Gaisoa will need to add some additional weight before he works his way into the two-deeps, but he's an intriguing prospect that can play inside or outside on the line. WSU's nutrition and strength and conditioning program should bulk him up quickly.


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Measurables (Rivals)

Position — Offensive Lineman
Hometown — Kailua, Hawaii
Height — 6-foot-5
Weight — 275 pounds