BREAKING: Sleeper DT goes crimson

ROBERT BARBER, a 6-3, 290-pound defensive tackle from American Samoa, officially visited Washington State earlier this month -- at the same time Destiny Vaeao did. And like Vaeao, he's also decided to play his ball in a crimson uniform. So what kind of player are the Cougars getting?

"Robert Barber is going to Washington State. He is so big but the thing is his hips are still flexible -- and he plays with a pad level you usually don't see with a guy that size," said Brandon Smart, executive director of Field House 100 in American Samoa.

Barber is a defensive tackle who can also run a little bit.

"He'll be perfect in Washington State's 3-4 scheme, he can play inside or outside and the thing is that when the ball is snapped, and the play goes the opposite way from him, he's still likely to make the tackle on that opposite side of the field," said Smart.

So why was he an under-the-radar find? Why weren't other schools in on him more?

"Schools came in late on him. But once he got the offer from Washington State, and the thing is these guys grew up watching coach Joe S'alavea, he's just got a great relationship with them and Robert wanted to be part of that at Washington State," said Smart.

David Lose, a GA at WSU, was also instrumental in helping to bring about the verbal pledge, said Smart.

"David was all ready to go for Mike Leach when he got there. David was all over it, he's been good to us in recruiting the islands," said Smart.

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