When Niu Sale visited Washington State earlier this month the Wilmington (Calif.) Los Angeles Harbor C.C. offensive guard really hit it off with the new coaching staff and Monday he decided to commit to the Cougars.
"This morning I just committed to them," Sale said.
"When I went out there it was different weather and everything but it felt like the place for me. I loved the college town and the coaching staff had a big impact on me. It was easy to talk to them and coming in with Mike Leach I could play there."
Sale, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound three-star prospect by Rivals.com, said the new staff at Washington State played a big role in his decision-making process.
They talked about the possibility of getting on the field early and that's important to Sale, who has two years of eligibility remaining, even though he said he knows a starting job won't be handed to him.
"They know how to relate to us," said Sale, who visited Washington State the weekend of Jan. 13. "When I went over there I felt I could go in and play for the next two years.
"I knew anywhere I go I'm still going to have to compete for a spot. I didn't really care about that but they did tell me I have a good chance to go in and start. I know I have to work for my spot."
Landing Sale is another big pickup for Washington State because the junior college prospect also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas State, San Diego State, Utah and Utah State.
Rivals.com rates the Los Angeles Harbor C.C. recruit as the No. 24 prospect in the junior college postseason top 50.