BREAKING: Wulff lands beast mode 'nightmare'

ON TAPE, HE'S 240 POUNDS of power, a wide receiver you don't want coming at you. Granted, the future Coug won't play wideout at Wazzu, and he earned most of his junior-year attention at linebacker. But his athleticism is such he also played tight end and even flexed out to WR. Most importantly, no matter where he lined up, no matter which side of the ball, he drilled people into next week.

Object, meet wall.

Get used to the name -- Jacob Tuivaiave (6-4, 240) out of Tacoma's Washington High. He's Wazzu bound. Get used to the flowing hair coming out of his helmet, too.

"The way he runs around with his hair on fire, he's the biggest hitter in our league and really, in our area too," Washington High coach Mike Von Rueden told CF.C , explaining what Paul Wulff and the WSU coaching staff liked about Tuivaiave.

His highlight film, embedded below, is chock full of rim rattling hits. The Tacoma News Tribune's preps beat writer, Doug Pacey, calls him "a nightmare -- for opposing offensive linemen, quarterbacks and running backs."

MUCH LIKE OSU senior tight end Joe Halahuni did at Orting, Tuivaive plays against 2A competition, and he's bigger than many of the opposing players he comes up against. He also doesn't have a ton of polish on him yet -- he doesn't need it, he's able to dominate in a big way due to his athleticism, speed, size and strength. But recruiters can be leery to offer guys who don't play against the higher classification competition. It's why Halahuni, now a star, wasn't offered by any other Pac-12 school other than OSU.

But WSU has been recruiting this Poly wrecking ball hardest and for a long time, said Von Rueden. And when the Cougars offered, and when he went over to the Palouse for an unofficial, the offer and verbal pledge to the Cougars followed quickly thereafter.

"He went up to the UW and did a 7-on-7 and they were pretty interested in him... Arizona State and Idaho (were also interested) but he went up to WSU late in the spring and it was pretty much right away after they offered that he committed. It was pretty clear that WSU is where he wanted to go. He's not interested in other schools," said Von Rueden.



WHILE ON HIS Wazzu unofficial, Tuivaive further strengthened the bonds with the WSU coaching staff.

"And he also felt a real family connection to one of the GAs there (Jason Belford)," said Von Rueden. "In just getting to know the WSU coaches, he's a kid that really, once he got over to see Pullman, it was a really, really good experience for him.

"He's a real team player -- he's not an outspoken guy, but he's a leader by example."

He's also, as seen above, one nasty, hard hitting playmaker.

Jacob Tuivaiave profile

NOTABLE NOTE:
Stats weren't immediately available but Tuivaiave was named first team all league SPSL 2A at linebacker this past season as a junior -- despite playing half the season with a broken thumb.

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