WSU Recruiting: Cougs get early start on '17

IT'S COMING AS no surprise for high school juniors, sophomores and even freshman to add scholarship offers in recruiting these days. College coaches are getting out to talent at an early stage. The WSU staff has led this charge of late, recently offering a defensive lineman from American Samoa, a defensive end from Illinois and a speedy athlete from California, all from the class of 2017.

Earlier this week, the Cougs extended a scholarship offer to 6-5, 275-pound defensive tackle Chuck Filiaga. Brandon Smart, of Field House 100, reported the news on his twitter account on Wednesday morning.

“Congrats to Chuck Filiaga from American Samoa, now at Vista Murrieta High, on getting an offer from Wash. St last night,” Smart posted.

In addition to Washington State, the Murrieta, Calif., prospect holds an offer from Ole Miss. As Smart noted in his tweet, Filiaga will suit up for Vista Murrieta this season. Vista Murrieta is the alma mater of freshman WSU linebacker Greg Hoyd.

OTHER CLASS OF 2017 prospects to add WSU offers recently include athlete Najee Harris and defensive end A.J. Epenesa. Harris is a burner out of Antioch High in Antioch, Calif. The 6-1, 175-pounder holds early offers from Cal, Hawaii, UCLA, Utah and Washington State.

In an interview with Scout’s Brandon Huffman earlier this summer, Harris said he’s not sure where he’ll line up at the next level.

"I'm being scouted as an athlete, but I play mainly receiver," Harris told Huffman. "A lot will depends on how I grow, though."

In that same interview, Harris said that he’s always liked USC and Michigan, but he’s open to any school that recruits him.

AS FOR EPENESA, he’s a 6-5, 230-pound defensive end from Illinois. The Edwardsville High prospect has seen his recruitment blow up this spring, adding offers from WSU, Florida State, Iowa, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Utah, Wisconsin and a few others.

In an interview with Scout’s Doug Kimmel, Epenesa said he’s going to take his time with the recruitment process, but it appears a Big Ten school is sticking out.

"I am going to take my time, I don't want to rush my decision and end up making any choice that I could regret someday," Epenesa told Kimmel. "I know Iowa will be in it until the end. Growing up, I always wanted a Hawkeye offer, and pictured myself playing there. My dad had an amazing experience there, so that is potentially something we could share."

Other class of 2017 prospects with a WSU offer include cornerback Darnay Holmes and wide receiver Osiris St. Brown, the younger brother of class of 2015 WR Equanimeous St. Brown, who also holds a crimson offer.

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