Hawaii DE sets official visit to WSU

WASHINGTON STATE HAS a handful of offers out to Hawaii prospects and the most recent was to a physical defensive end with a great first name for football -- Hercules. The versatile DE speaks highly of WSU d-line coach Joe Salave'a and said he'll take an official visit to Pullman next month. CF.C also caught up with a pair of other prospects who have set up their official trips to Cougar Country.

Salave'a and Hercules Mata'afa out of Lahaina have been in contact since the spring and the two have developed a strong bond, Mata'afa said.

Although an offer didn't get put on the table right away, Mata'afa said he continued to speak with Salave'a and was hoping a crimson scholie would come his way.

The wait paid off.

"They offered me a little over two weeks ago and I was really excited when I got it," Mata'afa said. "They're a big Pac-12 school. Coach Salave'a told me he wanted to offer me earlier in the summer, but the coaches hadn't seen my film yet. Once they got together as a staff and watched it, he said they all agreed they needed to offer me."

WHAT WAS IT about his game film that stood out to the Cougar coaches?

"Coach Salave'a said they really liked my speed and my athleticism out on the field," Mata'afa said. "I play with a high motor and the coaches really liked seeing how well I moved for my size.

"I've been talking with them (WSU) since the spring and I've got a really good relationship going with Coach Salave'a. We have the Samoan bloodline going on, so we really connect as a coach and player."

The 6-3, 235-pounder, who recorded 64 tackles and 12.5 sacks as a junior in 2012, will take his official visit to the Palouse on Oct. 12 to see the Cougs take on Oregon State and said he's excited to get to Pullman to check out the campus and see the Cougs in action.

THE COUGS AREN'T the only school showing major interest in Mata'afa. In addition to WSU, the Lahainaluna High standout holds offers from Oregon State, UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico State and said USC and Wisconsin could be close to offering.

Mata'afa will trip to Oregon State on Oct. 31 and said he's in the process of scheduling a visit to SDSU.

"I'm planning on taking all five of my visits before I make any kind of a decision," Mata'afa said. "I want to see which school I like best and which one I feel most comfortable with. I don't have any favorites at this point either. I want to check out the campuses first before I decide who I like best or who I like least."

Mata'afa plays defensive end for his prep team, and said the majority of the schools recruiting him, including WSU, are projecting him as either an d-end or an outside linebacker.

ELSEWHERE IN WSU RECRUITING, another prospect who set up his official visit for Oct. 12 is three-star Alameda, Calif. CB Sulaiman Hameed. CF.C spoke with the 5-11, 160-pounder and he said he'll trip to Pullman with his cousin and three-star WSU CB commit Kevin Griffin.

Hameed, who also holds offers from Arizona State and UC Davis, took an unofficial visit to WSU in early August and raved about his trip.

Meanwhile, three-star OL Sean Krepsz also set up his official visit to WSU. The Riverside, Calif. product will trip to Pullman on Sept. 21 to see the Cougs take on Idaho.

The 6-5, 295-pounder, who also holds offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State and Utah State, has been a Washington State lean for quite some time.

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