"She wants me to go there," said Toki, a 6-1, 292-pounder out of St. Francis High. "She wants to go watch. She feels I'll be in great hands in the four years I'll be over there."
"My commitment now is really strong… I'm happy that I committed here, I can't wait to be up here and to join the family here," said Toki. "I'm blessed to be part of his program."
Toki was referring to Mike Leach, whom he met in person for the first time while on his unofficial visit to WSU.
"We shook hands and he took me to his office. He told me straight - he looked me in the eyes and told me I'm the type of player that they need to build up their program. My mom was really very happy. And I was too," said Toki.
TOKI AND MOM naturally spent a lot of time with future d-line coach Joe Salave'a over the weekend.
"That was great, we talked a lot and watched some film... They're all excited for me to come up there, we had a really good time, we sat down with my mom… it was just great."
On Friday, Toki hung out with Toni Pole, Xavier Cooper, Daniel Ekuale, "and a bunch of other guys." On Saturday he got to watch those guys do their thing in the spring game.
"When I was sitting up in the stadium, I pictured myself fitting into the scheme. And I was evaluating myself, seeing if I would be able to start here and be able to do this. And it felt like I would, if I put in the work, and looking at some of these guys who will graduate when I come in, I might have a chance," said Toki.
TOKI SAID other highlights included checking out one of the WSU libraries and of course, it was impossible not to notice the new $61 million dollar Football Operation Building.
"It was the first time bringing my mom up there. I've been to Wazzu four times. But the new facility is great. I have to say that Wazzu is on the rise. The football team is great, they're training hard, they're looking good," said Toki.
Toki's bottom line review of his unofficial trip to Washington State?
"It was amazing," said Toki.