Cougs offer American Samoa linebacker

IT WAS PROBABLY just a matter of time. He's the top prospect from American Samoa at this early stage and Washington State under Mike Leach is making American Samoa a recruiting focus. And so a Wazzu offer certainly seemed possible during the upcoming May Evaluation period. But as it turned out, it came even earlier than that.

The Cougs have offered Tafuna's Ben Waterhouse (6-2, 220) according to Brandon Smart, Executive Director of Executive Director of Field House 100 in American Samoa.

Waterhouse is long, says Smart. He covers a lot of space and is effective at both rushing the passer and dropping back into coverage, ideal for the SAM 'backer in a 3-4 scheme. But Waterhouse could play several linebacker spots, says Smart.

"He's versatile and he just has such a long stride," says Smart.

WSU is expected to travel to American Samoa during the May Evaluation period, with Joe Salave'a running the recruiting point for the Cougs.

SDSU has also extended an early offer to Waterhouse.

  • WSU offers continue to be extended at a brisk pace. Among the newer known Cougar offerees is Honolulu defensive tackle Scott Pagano out of Moanalua High. "I only know one guy (at WSU), the D-line coach (Joe Salave'a). He was telling me they brought in a whole new system. A lot of things will change there which has me excited and interested," he told

  • The Cougars have also offered a JUCO linebacker still on the market for the 2012 class. Justin Sagote (6-2, 225) from the College of San Mateo was offered last Wednesday by the Cougs, who joined Purdue in putting a full ride on the table. "It was really exciting," he told "I hadn't talked to them much, but they called and said they were offering me and they want me to visit." He figures to visit WSU sometime in the next few weeks. Sagote posted 39 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception while playing mainly outside. "I feel very comfortable blitzing from inside, but I like pass-rushing from the outside more," Sagote says.

  • RB Jalen Ortiz (5-9, 170) out of Peoria, Arizona was offered recently by Washington State. He has soft hands coming out of the backfield, speed and a good burst. Ortiz (5-9, 170) holds nine offers, with seven of those from Pac-12 schools. Here's some video of Ortiz...

  • Some of the other recent WSU offers include Nose Guard Kenneth Clark (6-2, 285) out of Rialto, Calif. He's fast becoming a highly sought prospect in Pac-12 circles and was offered by WSU recently. The Cougars have also offered CB Daquawn Brown, a 6-0, 170-pounder out of Dorsey High in Los Angeles, the same school as incoming Cougar linebacker Jeremiah Allison. Wazzu is also among four Pac-12 teams to have offered power running back Lavon Coleman out of Lompoc, Calif. He checks in at 5-11, 210.

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