Two are junior college sophomores-to-be who played high school ball together in North Miami and the other is a high school senior-to-be from the Bay Area.
In all, WSU has made 11 known offers in this recruiting cycle to players Scout.com classifies as defensive tackles. Here is the complete list of the DTs the Cougs are looking at.
WSU's emphasis on the nose guard position stems from the 3-4 base defense the Cougars will be running under coordinator Mike Breske. Earlier this spring he told Cougfan.com that it's imperative for the D to have a true "road grader" at the nose. By that he means guys in the 6-3, 300-pound range who play the A gap (between center and guard), can handle double teams on every play, and possesses the agility to chase backs down the line of scrimmage.
Laurenzi and Gauta fit the description nicely, said Breske. Laurenzi is 6-3, 290. Gauta, who is expected to arrive in Pullman from Fullerton JC in a couple of weeks, is 6-3 ½, 310.
Breske this spring singled out Laurenzi and Gauta as the primary men in the middle for 2012. That would suggest that third-year sophomore-to-be Kalafitoni Pole mostly will be in a back up role barring a big surge in summer workouts and in fall camp.
Also in the mix this fall at the nose will be incoming freshman Robert Barber (6-3, 290). It's a lot to ask of a true freshman nose tackle to come in ready to rock at the Pac-12 level so a redshirt may be in the offing for him.