Suli Tamaivena, a 247sports composite 3-star linebacker, from Kirkland, Wash., signed his letter of intent to wear crimson and gray. Tamaivena played junior college ball at Mt. San Antonio in Walnut, Calif., last season.
The 6-2/234-pound prospect has been a "hard" commit to San Jose State since December 12, and wasn't really on our radar heading into today. Tamaivena also held offers from ASU, OSU, and Utah in the Pac-12. Last season he racked up 81 tackles, including 20 for a loss, with nine sacks and seven pass break ups.
"He has maybe the most impressive highlights in the class," Washington State chief of staff Dave Emerick says.
A quick glance at his highlight tape shows he fits the theme of what the defensive staff is going with this cycle: fast and aggressive. Tamaivena blitzes like a mad man, both from the edge and through B gaps, and his closing speed borders on ridiculous. Add to that he hits like a ton of bricks. Being a JUCO transfer, with the size and speed he has, Tamaivena could be an immediate impact guy at linebacker.
This isn't just a surprise, it's a great surprise, and hell of a get for the coaching staff.
Update: According to a source, Washington State has been in on Tamaivena for quite some time. The SFCA National Central Division Player of the Year at Mount San Jacinto visited over the summer, then the staff went stealth on him.
Rivals - ★★★
Scout - ★★★
24/7 - ★★★
ESPN - NR
Position — Outside linebacker
Hometown — Kirkland, Wash.
Height — 6-foot-2
Weight — 234 pounds