WSU offer special for 280-pound DL

IT WAS A big week for defensive line prospect Dillon Faamatau, who added his first two offers. However, the Cougs were the first school to pull the trigger in sending a scholarship his way and the 6-4, 280-pounder said that's something that will stay fresh in his mind throughout the recruitment process.

Relief doesn't begin to describe the emotions Norwalk, Calif., product Faamatau felt earlier this week. He got a late night call on Tuesday from his prep coach, who let him know that he had his first college offer from Wazzu.

"Coach Dennis Simmons is my area recruiter and he was the one who called my coach," an excited Faamatau said. "He told him they wanted to offer me a scholarship, which my coached relayed to me. It was all surreal to me.

"I thought my coach was lying to be honest. Coach Simmons kind of hinted last week that they might offer, but I wasn't expecting it. This is all very exciting for me and it definitely means a lot."

CHECKING IN AT 6-4, 280-pounds, Faamatau, who added an offer from Arizona State on Wednesday evening, starred on the offensive line for Norwalk High this season. However, he projects on defense at the next level.

"They offered me as a defensive tackle," Faamatua said. "They like my frame and my size. I have great athleticism for a guy my size, which he said is unique. Coach Simmons said I'd be a great fit for their defense and I'm hoping to prove him right when I head out there for a camp."

Faamatua said he is checking his schedule, but is hoping to get out for one of the WSU summer camps, so he can work out with the coaches and also check out the campus with his family.

"I've been told it's a great atmosphere up there and it's all about the team being a big family," Faamatua said. Coach Simmons said there's a lot of Pacific Islanders on the team too and he even joked that I shouldn't be surprised if I run into an old family member when I head up to visit (laugh).

"I know that the defensive line coach Joe Salave'a is from American Samoa too. I'm looking forward to speaking with him in the near future and getting to know him a little bit better."

WITH WASHINGTON STATE being the first school to offer, the senior-to-be said it is something he'll be keeping in mind down the road.

"They are definitely going to be taken into consideration when it becomes time for me to decide which school I'll be committing to," he said. "They were the first ones to offer. When I got that offer, and it actually hit me, it was something I won't forget. It was very special to me."

In addition to his offers from WSU and Arizona State, Faamatua said he is also receiving increased interest from Utah, Oregon, BYU, San Diego State and a few others. He recently took an unofficial visit to ASU and said he hopes to take more trips once he gets out of school for summer break around June 20.

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