Tacoma's Tuivaiave sold on Cougars

JACOB TUIVAIAVE, the 6-4, 240-pound defensive line prospect from Tacoma's Washington High, said he was a little apprehensive about his official visit to Washington State over the weekend. He verbally committed to WSU when Paul Wulff was in charge, and wasn't sure exactly where he stood with Mike Leach.

"It is cool now, it was great," said Jacob Tuivaiave. "I know I am staying with the Cougars and they still kept me on scholarship."

Uncertainty of his commitment crept into his mind when the coaching change was made.

"Well I talked to a couple of schools, but I haven't really looked into any," said Tuivaiave. "Idaho and Washington State were the only schools I was considering."

In Pullman over the weekend, it was a crimson coming together.

"Everybody was excited when I told them I was still coming," said Tuivaiave. "I don't know if they were more excited than I was, I was a little scared they would drop me ... it was great to know they still wanted me."

Tuivaiave also enjoyed the time that he was able to spend with his new teammates, some new faces and some he has known for a while.

"There was a lot of bonding with the team and players from WSU," said Tuivaiave. "I got to meet a lot of them. Tana Pritchard (a fellow Tacoma product) was my host and I have known him and Big John (John Fullington) for a while. I played against those guys."

So where will Tuivaiave line up for the Cougars?

He isn't certain himself, but envisions playing on the defensive line.

"I will be on the defensive line," said Tuivaiave. "We really haven't talked about end or tackle, but I am thinking end."

Tuivaiave had a senior season to remember this past fall. He was first-team Associated Press All-State, first-team all-South Puget Sound League 2A at both tight end and linebacker, and he was his league's defensive MVP.

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