Recruiting Notebook: Fleet CB talks WSU offer

CORNERBACK DAKARI MONROE out of San Jose, Calif. quietly added an offer from Washington State recently. And like all good gifts, it was unexpected. CF.C spoke with the three-star CB about his recruitment, unofficial visit plans to Pullman and more. We've also got updates on some other prospects who recently added Cougar offers.

It had been a little while since Dakari Monroe had heard from the WSU staff, but on Friday, running backs coach, and area recruiter, Jim Mastro gave Monroe a call he said he truly wasn't expecting. An offer was extended.

"Man, I was pretty excited about this one and to be honest, I didn't think it would be coming my way," Monroe said. "They were recruiting me, but I hadn't heard from them in a few weeks. Then I spoke with Coach Mastro and he said he wanted to offer me a scholarship. I was shocked and honored at the same time."

Monroe, who holds offers from Arizona, Nevada and San Jose State, is being recruited by the Cougs as a cornerback, but his versatility for Archbishop Mitty High has schools giving him looks at receiver as well. As a junior this season, the 6-0, 175-pounder rushed for 737 yards and eight touchdowns, while adding 406 receiving yards and five scores.

Meanwhile on defense, where he said he hopes to play in college, he recorded 21 tackles, one interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

"I wasn't able to speak with Coach Mastro for too long, but he did tell me that he and the rest of the coaches really like my style of play," Monroe said. "They want me to come play corner for them and said my physical style is what they look for in defensive players."

MONROE SAID HE is planning on touring some college campuses later this summer and WSU is "definitely" a school he'll be checking out.

"We want to go to WSU, Oregon, Oregon State and probably Arizona," Monroe said. "The hope is to get out to those schools either in mid-June or sometime in early July. With WSU, Coach Mastro told me about the new buildings they have coming in and the big changes that are going on around the campus. I'm excited to get up there and see all of it for myself."

Monroe added that he followed WSU throughout the 2013 season and liked what he saw from the Cougs.

"They're an up-and-coming team in the Pac-12 and there's energy around the program right now," Monroe said. "They're coming in on some good years."

The San Jose, Calif., product said no schools are sticking out as favorites right now and that he doesn't anticipate making his college decision until later in the fall.

ELSEWHERE ON THE RECRUITING TRAIL, the Cougs offered Norwalk, Calif., defensive tackle Dillon Faamatau, who announced his offer on twitter, on Tuesday evening.

"Thank you God for blessing with me with my scholarship offer from Washington State University," he tweeted.

WSU is the first offer for the 6-4, 280-pounder, who recorded 50 tackles for Norwalk High last season.

The Cougs also recently extended a scholarship offer to Washington D.C. cornerback Samuel Morrison.

The Gonzaga Prep standout, who also announced his offer on twitter, holds offers from Boston College, Army, Rutgers, Temple, Hawaii and a few others.

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