New Cougar commit says Pullman sealed deal

CHRIS TORMEY'S two seasons coaching in Hawaii are paying off, with WSU tapping the Hawaiian pipeline for a 2012 class defensive back out of Aiea near Honolulu who tells today that a recent trip to Pullman sealed the deal.

After spending three days on the WSU campus with his family, Taylor Taliulu (5-11, 175) made the call to pledge crimson.

"I called them yesterday morning, I called coach Tormey first, and then I talked to coach (Chris) Ball and coach (Paul) Wulff... I verbally committed to go to Washington State. I'm going to be a Cougar. Me and my family were really pleased with what they have going on there," said Taliulu.

The recruiting process was a quick one for Taliulu, who said Tormey came by the school during the May Evaluation period and picked up some film. It wasn't long after that plans were made for him to come by on an unofficial. Just prior to his visit, the Cougs offered.

"After we sat down and thought about it, I knew it was the right place for me," said Taliulu, who apart from WSU was seeing the most interest from Boise State. "(BSU) said they had a California player they had offered and if he were to opt out I was the next guy on their list to offer.

"But with Washington State, I really like the academic side too and all they have to offer...and Washington State has a really good football program on the rise, I'm really excited on what they're building up to, they have the new facilities, the new AD, I can't wait to get to Pullman and play some football."

Taliulu said Washington State liked that he was a "very physical football player who runs very well." He's likely to play safety for the Cougs.

"They're thinking more of a safety, and that's what I want to play in college I think. If they do need a corner guy I can step in. But I do like running downhill and coming up and hitting guys," said Taliulu.

He might also spend some time on the baseball diamond in Pullman.

"They said I'll be on the football scholarship but I might try to get on their baseball team, too. I spent some time talking to their baseball coach which was really good," said Taliulu.

His verbal comes just one day after news that WSU landed another safety from Hawaii, walk-on Cyrus Coen (6-0, 205, 4.5). Taliulu is the fifth known verbal commitment in the 2012 class, joining QB Austin Apodaca, MLB Jordan Pulu, S David Bucannon and WR Dalen Jones. The Cougs are projected to take 18 in the 2012 class when Signing Day arrives in February.

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