Max Gama was not a huge fan of the recruiting process and he was enamored with Washington State so the La Mirada, Calif., athlete decided to put an early end to things Thursday and commit to the Cougars.
"I've heard nothing but good things about it," Gama said. "I love the program. I love Washington State. It's in the Pac-10 and they want to put me at safety and I think that's the position that best fits me so I just wanted to commit.
"I just wanted to get it over with. I'm tired of this whole recruiting process and I just wanted to get it over with."
Buffalo had offered and Gama, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound recruit, was hearing from Hawaii, Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa State, Nebraska and many others, but he found what he liked in Washington State and did not want to waste time.
The timing was a little surprising - Gama said when he called Washington State coach Paul Wulff was even taken aback - but Gama is confident he made the right decision and will now look to make his first trip to see the campus.
"I'm probably going to do a visit sometime soon, an unofficial visit," Gama said. "I'm going to go up there for a junior day and watch their spring game and that kind of stuff.
"They were really surprised. They didn't think I was going to commit so early. The coach was really stoked. When I talked to the head coach on the phone he went crazy and stuff and was just really excited."
Gama, who attended the Rivals.com Five-Star Academy Sunday at UCLA, had been in contact with Washington State defensive line coach Malik Roberson and things went from there.
He likes that he'll be playing safety. He likes the coaching staff. He likes that he'll be playing in the Pac-10. Everything fell into place for Gama at Washington State so he decided to make the early decision.
"I talked to Malik a lot and he really likes me," Gama said. "They really think I'm a good fit for their defense. They seem like really cool people.
"It's really good to get this done. I know where I'm going early. I just think it's better. I know what I'm looking forward to now."