Federal Way DT gearing for June in Pullman

FEDERAL WAY defensive tackle Uso Olive was in Pullman two weeks ago for a junior day event and says he'll be headed back to the Palouse for summer camp June 19-22. He liked what he heard and saw during his first-ever trip to Pullman and says his June trek will be made with one very clear goal in mind: Earning a WSU scholarship offer.

"I was at junior day and they said that they liked my film," said Olive, who is 6-1, 290 pounds. "They were worried about my height, but once they met me then saw my size and how strong I am they told me I would get an offer."

Olive is being recruited by defensive line coach Todd Howard, who assured the junior he could earn an offer at the Cougars' summer camp.

WSU, for the first time in three years, has a full boat of scholarship players and isn't graduating a ton after the upcoming season. So they're being fairly conservative with early offers this year because they could have as few as 16 or 17 slots to fill in the 2012 recruiting class. So far, WSU has made 35 offers that Scout.com is aware of, and one of them -- Woodland, Calif., WR/CB Dalen Jones -- already has committed.

Junior day was the first time Olive had ever been to Pullman and he came away impressed.

"I really liked Pullman," said Olive. "I like that it is small and that it is a college town. It is a little far away from home and distance is a big factor for me, but I still really liked it."

If the Cougars offer in June, Olive says he may not wait to decide.

"Yea, I feel like I could commit if they offer," he said. "I thought about it and I could commit but I think I want to wait till after my senior season, but WSU is my number one right now."

Olive is still waiting for his first offer. In addition to WSU, he is hearing from Arizona State, Army, Idaho, Oregon State, Missouri and Washington. Olive says Oregon State is the school recruiting him the hardest right now and plans on attending their camp this summer.

Olive has kept busy this spring, working out with the Barton Football Academy and lifting on his own time.

"I think what separates me from most guys is my first step and ability to get off the ball," said Olive. "Right now I have been working on plyometrics, ladders and agility drills."

Olive plans on attending a couple of camps in addition to the Washington State camp this summer.

"I am going to the Jason Gesser Camp (June 10 in Sammamish and featuring most of the coaches from WSU, Idaho and others), Oregon State Camp and the Washington Nike Camp," said Olive.

Academically, he reports a 2.8 GPA and plans on taking the SAT for the first time on May 7th.

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