Hawaiian hoss has high interest in WSU

SINCE HE ARRIVED at WSU, defensive line coach Joe Salave'a has enjoyed success helping the Cougs recruit the Hawaiian islands. Last year alone WSU landed Kingston Fernandez and Hercules Mata'afa. And in 2015, Salave'a is back in Hawaii recruiting prospects, including a 6-5, 275-pound hoss who has high interest in WSU, and who hopes to take a Palouse visit in the near future.

Washington State extended an offer in late January to Wailuku, Hawaii offensive lineman Miki Fifita and the Cougs, more specifically Salave'a, have been on him since.

"I'm talking with Coach Joe Salave'a quite a bit," Fifita said. "We just spoke recently actually.

"(Salave'a and Ken Wilson) have both told me there's an offer on the table and they want me to be a part of their program. They've both shown a lot of interest in me. I don't know a whole lot about their program, but I'm going to do some research and hopefully get out there soon."

FIFITA WAS SCHEDULED to trip to Pullman this weekend to participate in the Cougs' second mini-camp of the summer, but he is headed to an All-Poly camp in Utah instead. Regardless, the offensive lineman said he and Salave'a are already working on setting up a new date.

"I was looking forward to going up there, but I decided to go to the camp (All-Poly) to compete instead," Fifita said. "I want to go visit WSU, though, and the plan is for me to get up there at some point before the end of the summer. I want to see the campus and meet the coaches up there."

In addition to WSU, Fifita holds an offer from Oregon State and is receiving interest from Wisconsin, USC, Stanford, Utah, Utah State, Arizona, Arizona State and Southern Utah. Fifita recently tripped to Oregon State for an unofficial visit.

"I enjoyed myself up there," he said. "It was very homey and the scenery was great. The program is very strong over there and I enjoyed myself."

Fifita, who said he is in no rush to make a decision, said academics will play a big role in his decision.

"I'm ready to be a student-athlete," he said. "How good the academics are at a school will be big for me. I want to go to a university where I can grow as a football player, but get a great education and receive my degree."

Fifita is being recruited by the WSU staff as an offensive tackle.

ANOTHER PROSPECT FROM HAWAII to keep an eye on is four-star Honolulu offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry. The 6-3, 305-pounder, who projects as an interior lineman at the next level, holds an offer from the Cougs and is hearing plenty from the staff, he told Scout's Brandon Huffman recently.

"I'd say Hawaii, Oregon State, Washington State and Texas Tech are recruiting me the hardest right now," Ulu-Perry told Huffman. "Oregon State and Washington were my two most recent offer, but Hawaii and Washington State were my first two."

"I'm going to probably take the five official visits," Ulu-Perry added. "I want to get the full experience and take all five trips. I'll think things through and aim for a Signing Day commitment."

Ulu-Perry holds offers from Arizona State, Hawaii, WSU, Kansas, Washington, Texas Tech, Oregon State, Colorado and several others.

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