LB with length and speed high on Cougs

WASHINGTON STATE LIKES linebackers who can ably play in space and one of the keys to that is often found in their length. The Cougs recently offered a ‘backer out of American Samoa, and he's very familiar with WSU point man and d-line coach Joe Salave'a, as well as several members on the Cougs' roster.

Frank Luvu out of Pago Pago has quicks at 6-2, 215. He's been a strong safety at Tafuna High but he projects as a linebacker at the next level. With plenty of room left on his frame, he'll likely play around 225-230 pounds in college.

"Washington State is interesting because they have four players on the team from American Samoa," Luvu told CF.C in as email exchange. "Destiny Vaeao was a Senior when I was a sophomore at Tafuna and I played against Emmitt (Su'a-Kalio) last year. I know they are doing a good job with helping the players from here get a degree."

Washington State likes that he should be able to add weight and keep his speed, Brandon Smart, the Executive Director Field House 100, tells CF.C.

"They are impressed with his ability to cover in space since he played SS last year and had several interceptions. He also as long enough arms to keep blockers off of him," says Smart.

LUVU HAS SPOKEN with Salave'a on the phone and like all football players in American Samoa, knows all about the former NFL d-lineman. He said he is also looking forward to talking with and getting to known WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson in the coming weeks and months. An official visit date to Wazzu is also being worked out.

"I would like to visit them and see the campus and the game so I am more aware of what they have when I see it… A family atmosphere and a place where I can get a good education and play football at the top level at the same time is important to me," said Luvu.

WASHINGTON STATE HAS built a significant pipeline to American Samoa in recent years, with Mike Leach priming it even further once he arrived.

The 6-4, 290-pound Vaeao, who moved to BUCK this fall camp, and DL Robert Barber were in Leach's first recruiting class at Washington State. NT Daniel Ekuale and DE Emmitt Su'a-Kalio came on board in February in the 2014 group.

Also of Polynesian descent on the WSU roster are another 11 Cougs -- LB Justin Sagote, NT Ioane Gauta, NT Toni Pole, LB Cyrus Coen, DE Paulo Lepua, S Taylor Taliulu, LB Tana Pritchard, LB Chester Sua, DL Darryl Paulo, DL Lyman Faoliu and RB Jeremiah Laufasa.

"I'm excited to get up there and watch a game," said Luvu.

"Frank has the potential to be an outstanding player this year," says Smart. "He has the size to play in the box but the ability to cover and run with ‘backs. He is a good kid that comes from a great family…he will be a great representative of American Samoa and continue in the line of the several other players we have right now playing college football from the island."

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