Kache Palacio is planning to stick with his commitment to SMU even though his recruiter, Adrian Klemm, left for UCLA but the Gardena (Calif.) Serra is considering a visit to Washington State in January.
Palacio, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound three-star defensive end, said recently that he's planning to take a trip to meet with the Cougars' new coaching staff on Jan. 13 and then figure out what is best in his recruitment.
"I didn't de-commit at all," Palacio said at the recent Cal State Game. "I still have love for SMU but I'm still kind of looking around a little bit.
"I've been talking to (Washington State) since the new staff came in. I'm trying to take (a visit) January 13. It's a Pac-12 school and I really didn't consider Washington State so I'm trying to learn more about them. I would look at others."
Palacio has offers from SMU and Washington State and the Serra standout said he's sticking with the Mustangs, at least for the time being, because he did more research and liked what he found at SMU.
Klemm, who was a big reason why SMU was so successful in recruiting Los Angeles, was important in Palacio's decision but it wasn't everything so the Mustangs are still the team to beat.
After his Washington State visit, Palacio should have a clearer picture of his recruitment.
"He was my recruiter but I looked into the school a little more and I liked the school a lot," Klemm said.
In his senior season, Palacio finished with 92 tackles and 13.5 sacks. Gardena Serra finished 8-3.