It was a busy day for some top defensive lineman prospects in Arizona.
This morning, Central lineman Eloi Kwete committed to Massachusetts.
I am beyond grateful to announce that l will be attending Umass!! I will like to appreciate everyone who has been with us, from the start till now. This will be a new chapter in my life and l know with God greatness is ahead of me.🙏🏽🏈💪🏾@UMassAthletics .@TheDLguy @UMassFootball
— Eloi (@EloiKwete) November 5, 2018
A few hours later, his brother Cosmas Kwete made his pledge to Washington State.
— Cosmas Kwete (@CosmasKwete) November 5, 2018
Later that night, Desert Edge defensive lineman Nassir Sims followed Cosmas’ lead and committed to the Cougars as well.
— Nassir sims (@Nassir_sims) November 6, 2018
The Kwete brothers have traveled far to get to the gridiron. The brothers are orignally from the Congo, played on the 17-and-under rugby national team in Zimbabwe before coming to Phoenix through a refugee program. They used those rugby skills to become two of the top tacklers in the state last season.
Sims asserted himself along the Scorpions’ defensive line as a sophomore and hasn’t looked back since. In close to three seasons, Sims notched 118 tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. He’s been a senior leader for the #3 team in 4A all season.
Washington State has done a phenomenal job recruiting Arizona this class. In addition to Kwete and Sims, Casteel quarterback Gunner Cruz, who threw his 100th career passing touchdown this past week, is also a Cougar pledge.