RECRUITING: Cougs to host fearsome foursome

A KEY PART of the battle in recruiting is getting the prospects on campus. Washington State next month will accomplish that with respect to four highly regarded prep prospects from the same Sacramento-area school, one of whom is the No. 2 rated DT prospect in the nation.

The Cougs have made the Bay Area a key recruiting focus under Paul Wulff. Grant High (13-1) was loaded this past year, and a quartet from the school officially visits Washington State and the Palouse on the weekend of Jan. 28.

All are rated in the top 50 nationally at their positions by Scout.com.

DT Viliami Moala (6-3, 340) has been the recruiting headliner this year. He's a 5-star prospect, a tremendous athlete and possesses ridiculous strength – he was already benching 450 pounds when he was a senior-to-be.

But the other three prospects out of Grant are also deserving of attention.

DE Faigame Lopa (6-2, 245) runs extremely well. He's a sack machine. And while the term "good motor" is overused in the world of recruiting, his revs up to rare levels and stays there. "Relentless" is an apt description.

Lopa, who goes by "Puka", also has some nasty to his game, something that would fit in nicely at WSU when considering their youthful defense of last year. Lopa told the Sacramento Bee recently all four will trip to Washington State on the last official visit recruiting weekend before Signing Day.

FS James Sample, (6-2, 195) is a big hitter who plays downhill against the run. But he has excellent vertical coverage skills and possesses good range. He's also nowhere near what he's going to be physically..

Until this past year, Sample couldn't invest enough time in weight training because he also played basketball and ran track – as a sophomore he clocked a 10.9 in the 100-m.

LB Darryl Paulo (6-3, 240) has a good burst and he's freakishly strong. He also has a higher ceiling than some give him credit for..

His junior season was the first time he played the linebacker position, but it was a natural fit. In time, he could develop into an outstanding middle linebacker at the next level, the kind of guy some Pac-12 schools later rue missing out on.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Grant also produced Devontae Butler-Booker, a 2010 signee to Washington State who is working to get qualified and join Washington State prior to the 2011 campaign. While there's an outside shot he would be able to join WSU next month and take part in spring ball, a summer arrival is looking more likely at this point.

  • Grant finished 13-1 with its only loss coming to Folsom in the CIF Northern California final.


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