In-state DT looking to impress WSU

FEDERAL WAY HAS already produced one future Cougar for Washington State's 2012 class. By the time February's Letter of Intent Day rolls around, might there be more?

Federal Way High defensive tackle Uso Olive put on a show this past weekend. He dominated the 1-on-1 portion of the camp, earning the MVP award for the defensive line.

"I thought the camp went real well," said Olive. "I wanted to make a statement and win the MVP, I think I did both."

This past week, Olive's teammate Jordan Pulu committed to Washington State, only enhancing Olive's desire to play for the Cougars.

"Man, all we talk about is being Cougars together," said Olive. "If they offered I would commit right away. Even D.J. May is trying to get the offer from Washington State, we all want to play together."

Olive has been a player that the Washington State coaches have had their eye on for months, but have yet to offer the junior a scholarship, indicating that the staff has other DTs on their board they are targeting.

"I think that the coaches were excited," said Olive. "They knew about my athletic ability, but I think they got to see my ability to lead and to get the rest of the defensive group excited. After I won the last 1-on-1 battle the coaches came up and told how impressed they were."

The coaches have been honest with Olive throughout the process, raising concerns about his size and expressing a desire to see him at their camp. Olive is listed at 6-1, 290, but 5-11 is probably a more accurate measurement.

"I went in there trying to go up against the big guys," said Olive. "I wanted to show them that I could beat the 6'5" guys and the ones with four or five offers -- I beat them all.

"I feel like I got closer to an offer. Coach (Todd) Howard said that he will be in touch and another coach told me that the defensive staff was really excited about me. I just got another email from them a couple of minutes ago."

Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for
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