Backup linebacker Chandler Leniu is no longer on the Washington State football team, a WSU athletic department spokesperson confirmed Friday afternoon.

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Backup linebacker Chandler Leniu is no longer on the Washington State football team, a WSU athletic department spokesperson confirmed Friday afternoon.

Leniu, who was going into his sophomore year at WSU, was a rated a four-star prospect coming out of St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) in 2014. He was recruited by linebackers coach Ken Wilson and originally signed with Cal on National Signing Day in 2014, but ultimately decided to switch to WSU instead. Fortunately, the Golden Bears granted him a release from his scholarship.

Leniu’s father, David, said Friday that his son was going to enroll at Riverside (Calif.) City College this fall and play one semester of football there in hopes that he’ll get some new FBS offers. Coming out of high school, Leniu held offers from TCU, Kansas, Fresno State, San Jose State and Iowa.

“It wasn’t panning out the way we thought it would, we wanted him to get a fair shot and we didn’t believe he was getting a fair shot. We decided to have him forgo the season and get him back home,” David Leniu said.

Leniu (6-feet, 260 pounds) redshirted in 2014 and played in 13 games in a backup capacity in 2015, recording 14 tackles, including one for loss. He took second team reps behind junior Peyton Pelluer at middle linebacker in the spring.

With Leniu gone, WSU will go into fall camp looking for some depth in a linebacking corps that returns only one starter — Pelluer. Jeremiah Allison, Ivan McLennan and Kache Palacio all graduated after last year.

Leniu’s departure from the team was first reported by CougFan.com