Local prep star will continue his academic and athletic pursuits at Arizona State University.
Quotes from football head coach Todd Graham on the 2013 Signing Class
The class consists of 16 freshmen, five sophomores and six juniors.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of Chandler (Ariz.) High School...Signed with Colorado in February 2012 but opted to delay his enrollment...Began classes at ASU in January and will participate in spring drills...Is eligible to play in 2013 and will have five years to play four...Has an excellent frame to compete for time in ASU's defensive line rotation...As a senior in 2011 he was ranked one of the top players in Arizona by most of the recruiting sites, including No. 6 by ESPN.com, No. 9 by Rivals and No. 13 by SuperPrep...Rivals also had him as the No. 28 strong side defensive end nationally, while ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 52 defensive end and Scout.com at No. 54....A second-team All-Arizona Division I selection both his junior and senior years along with being named first-team All-Division I Section II both seasons...Averaged over 10 tackles per game as a senior and finished the season with 10 quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries (he also blocked two punts on special teams)...Top two prep games came against rival Hamilton, as he combined for 33 tackles and five sacks...As a junior, he finished the season with 71 tackles and 17 sacks to go along with two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries...Along with the punt and field goal block teams, he also played on the kickoff return team that season...Played his freshman and sophomore years at Chavez High School, earning two letters and starting as a sophomore...Also lettered in basketball, averaging 14.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a senior, when he had 74 blocked shots in 27 games; he shot 55.7 percent from the field and had a season-high 28 points against Casa Grande...Earned second-team All-Arizona honors as a junior at Chandler and was fourth-team All-Arizona as a sophomore at Chavez, where he helped his team to two regional championships as a freshman and sophomore; Chandler advanced to the conference playoffs his junior year...As a high school senior he also had reported scholarship offers from Arizona, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State...Coached by Shaun Aguano at Chandler High School...."Kisima, who is another local product, is a guy that fits our hybrid system because, among other things, his great ability to rush the passer," coach Graham said. "It's all about getting the right fit and we think he has great promise. He's played in a system that had him blitzing from inside and outside, and he's big enough to play defensive end. Getting him in the spring is important and we think he can really develop into something special."
PERSONAL: Born October 30, 1993 in Phoenix...His cousin, Kenny Wheaton, played football at Oregon and was a third round draft pick by Dallas in the 1997 NFL Draft and played three seasons with the Cowboys (he also played Arena Football and in the Canadian Football League, including a brief stint with the Colorado Crush in the AFL)...Another cousin, Derrek Wheaton, signed to play football at Oregon, but was killed in a drive-by shooting prior to attending the school; the Arizona Junior High Basketball Tournament MVP honors are named in his honor...Another cousin, Marquese Wheaton, recently finished his college career as a defensive back at Southern Mississippi while another cousin, Markus Wheaton, was a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012 as a senior for Oregon State...Name pronounced "Kiz-ma Jag-knee".