Coug DL target high on WSU, Joe Salave'a

FROM NOW UNTIL Signing Day in February, the greatest number of future Cougar commits figures to come on the defensive line. One of Wazzu's targets is a versatile junior college prospect who has formed a strong bond with Cougar DL coach Joe Salave'a. Washington State is one of three schools recruiting hardest and he's also been staying in touch with a close friend of his on the current WSU team..

DL Lyman Faoliu (6-2.5, 275) out of the College of San Mateo is a former junior college teammate of WSU linebacker Justin Sagote. They just might end up being reunited next year in Pullman.
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  • "I'm really close with Justin Sagote. I text him, he texts me... he tells me the attitude is really changing at Washington State under Coach Mike Leach and the new staff," said Faoliu.

    Faoliu said three schools are standing out most in terms of recruiting contact.

    "Washington State, Oregon State and Maryland. Those three schools like me and it's really those three I'm hearing (most) from...but I'm not in any hurry to decide. I'm humbled by the whole situation and I'm just taking it step by step."

    THAT SAID, HE'S built a relationship with Salave'a, who played nine seasons in the NFL, and he also had praise for Leach.

    "Coach Mike Leach is really making steps there," said Faoliu. "He really has them headed in the right (direction)... Coach Joe, he's really good, we always talk and... I've built a really good bond with him.

    "I grew up knowing his name, being Polynesian. He's someone I think I could always go to and have a good role model in him. I really like Coach Joe."

    Faoliu also had good things to say about Oregon State and their d-line coach as well as Maryland's defensive coordinator.

    FAOLIU, WHO SAID he anticipates a verbal decision sometime after the season, his freshman season racked up 36 tackles (20 solo) with 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks plus a QB-hurry, an interception, one pass break-up, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in 10 games.

    "I'm versatile enough to play anywhere on the line, – I can play 5-tech, d-end, 3-tech, outside as well... all the schools like the way I get after the ball and on the backside too.. I did that a lot last year," he said.

    Faoliu said he's on pace to graduate with his AA in December, join a school in time for spring ball and will have three-to-play-two at the next level.

    Lyman Faoliu profile

    NOTABLE NOTE:
    Washington State has two WRs in the fold for the 2013 class but they might make room for one more in O'Dea's Tatum Taylor. He told Scout.com's Jake Worthen he plans on an early season official visits to Washington State and ASU with a decision likely to come shortly thereafter. Taylor and O'Dea are in action against Gig Harbor game on ROOT Sports @ 7pm -- about the same time as the WSU-BYU game.
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