Central defensive end Cosmas Kwete commits to Washington State

For the first time in their lives, twin brothers Cosmas and Eloi Kwete will be playing on different teams.

Always rugby and football teammates, Cosmas, a senior defensive end at Phoenix Central High School, committed on Monday afternoon to Washington State, hours after defensive tackle Eloi gave Massachusetts a college football commitment.

“It’s a choice I had to make,” Cosmas said.

Washington State was the first Pac-12 school to offer Cosmas in early June. UMass offered both brothers scholarships.

“It’s going to be tough not playing with him, but we’ll keep up with each other and hope the other does well,” Cosmas said.

Both moved from a refugee camp in Zimbabwe and only began playing football as freshmen at Central.

Cosmas, 6-foot-3, 250, made azcentral sports’ All-Arizona team last season. Cosmas said he will be playing “rush end” at Washington State.

Central coach Jon Clanton said he has no doubt Cosmas can make an impact at a Power Five school.

He had 54 tackles, eight sacks and three caused fumbles his senior season.

“Cosmos is the real deal,” Clanton said. “Long, explosive, relentless on the field. This kid is special. He will wreak havoc in the Pac-12.”

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