4-star Coug verbal Toki visits WSU today

CALL IT AN extended unofficial visit. Thomas Toki -- Mike Leach's first 2015 class verbal commitment, a 4-star defensive tackle ranked No. 16 nationally and a member of the Scout 300 -- will be in Pullman later today for the start of a four-day trip. And he won't be alone.

Mom is coming with him.

"I just want to bring my mom up there so she can see how things are with the coaches and so she can get a feel for the school," said Thomas Toki.

"I'll be at Wazzu Thursday… on Friday I'm just going to hang out with the football players, then on Saturday I'm going to also go up and watch their spring game and stuff. I'm headed back home on Sunday, back to California."

Toki (6-1, 292) has been vocal in recent months that he's still open to other schools. So it will be interesting to see what effect four days being around the Cougs with his mom has.

And he and WSU d-line coach Joe Salave'a are very close.

"We talk three times a week," said Toki of Salave'a. "We'll talk about how he wants me to get ready to come up there and compete and to try and start as a true freshman."

"He said I'll be a big part of their defense when I get there my freshman year."

TOKI VERBALLY COMMITTED to Washington State just before Christmas last year. He was then at Kirkland's Juanita High, and had just earned first team All King-Co 3A/2A honors as a DT/NG his junior season, the only junior d-lineman to be so named. He moved at the start of the year to Mountain View, Calif. and St. Francis High.

He said schools such as Wisconsin, Nebraska, Louisville and others expressed interest to his old coach at Juanita over the past week, saying they were unaware he had moved to California. Oklahoma State wants him to come out for an unofficial next month, with Toki saying OSU wants to offer him but that it's dependent on "they want me to show them interest first."

Back in February, Toki had said the Huskies were in strong pursuit. Toki has been back up in Washington since Tuesday but didn't visit UW and hasn't heard from them as much as he was a couple months ago.

"They've been talking to me once in a while but they haven't been showing as much interest as some of the other schools like Pittsburgh, and Penn State has been sending me a lot of handwritten letters and on Facebook," said Toki.

In the meantime, Toki has four days of hanging around with the Cougs on tap.

"Everything is going good and I'm still committed to Washington State. So we'll see how things go," said Toki.

• Toki says 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," he told CF.C.

• Toki said he's been doing very well in the classroom since he arrived at St. Francis, securing all A's and B's.

• Toki is No. 215 on the Scout.com 300.

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