Coug verbal Toki being strongly pursued by UW

COUGAR VERBAL THOMAS TOKI, a Class of 2015 four-star defensive lineman who verballed to the Cougs back on Christmas Eve, has had a busy beginning to the year. He and his family moved from Kirkland down to California, for starters, and he'll be playing his senior year at a new school. And although he's pledged WSU, another Pac-12 school has been coming at him hard.

Toki (6-1, 292) says the Huskies are in strong pursuit of him.

"They've been in contact with me lots of times," says Toki. "They're probably going to offer me next month or this month."

Toki said he had plans to talk in-depth with UW defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski this coming week.

Toki said he remains "strongly" committed to Washington State. But he also noted that verbal commitments are not binding.

"From a scale of 1 to 10, it would be a 9," said Toki when asked about the strength of his commitment to the Cougs. "…But I'm still strongly committed to Wazzu. But if there's any other schools out there, any programs that will probably catch my attention and it benefits (me) better - we'll see how it goes."

TOKI HAS BEEN down in the Golden State for about a week at St. Francis High in Mountain View, he said.

He said he'll travel back up to the Evergreen State for the first time next month to attend a WSU junior day event on March 8.

"I'll be coming up to that with my dad," said Toki, who also mentioned UW has aksed him to visit them at the same time and that he plans to do so.

TOKI SAID he's been calling WSU assistant Joe Salave'a on a consistent basis since he verballed to the Cougs in December.

"We've been talking every week," said Toki. "We talk about my goals and how I'm going to get there to Wazzu. I've just been talking with Coach Salave'a. And outside of football he's a great individual.

"He's been talking to me and helping me think about (the importance) of working hard on (my grades). He's teaching me how to become a great young man."

Toki is ranked the No. 18 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 241 prospect overall in's newly released Top 300.

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  • Toki said the move from Kirkland down to Mountain View came about in order to cut down on travel for his dad. "It was just a family move, my dad works back and forth so he wanted just to move down here," said Toki.

  • He said all his credits would transfer and there shouldn't be any issue on that front. "I finished up my first semester before I moved because I didn't want anything to get screwed up," said Toki.

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