Three-star Cali DT sets WSU official visit

WHEN THE COUGS host Cal on Oct. 4, a 6-2, 290-pound defensive tackle prospect named Olive Sagapolu will be in Pullman for his official visit. The three-star prospect spoke with CF.C late Thursday evening to discuss his recruitment, his official visit plans and his close relationship with Washington State DL coach Joe Salave’a.

Throughout his short tenure on the WSU staff, Salave’a has done a bang-up job recruiting Polynesian players to the Palouse. He’s at it again, with Santa Ana, Calif., DT Olive Sagapolu showing high interest in the Cougs.

“I got my offer from them in late June and we’ve been in touch since,” Sagapolu said. “I speak with Coach Joe Salave’a pretty frequently. We spoke on Monday and he was just giving me good advice for the week and asking me how I was doing. I’d say we have a pretty good relationship right now.”

WHAT BRINGS THEM close is their Polynesian background, Sagapolu said.

“That definitely sticks out to me,” Sagapolu said. “One of the things I want in college is that Polynesian feel to it, where you look to your left or right and have a close brother right by your side.

“Coach Salave’a is Polynesian and he told me they have about 15 Polynesian players up there right now. That’s pretty cool.”

Sagapolu will take his Pullman visit on Oct. 3 and he said he’s looking forward to meeting the Polynesian players. He’s also looking forward to many other things.

“I’m excited to go out there and see what the campus is like,” he said. “I want to see what the players do on a day-to-day basis and get to know the coaches a little bit more. I’m hoping I get that gut feeling and see if it’s somewhere I could live.”

IN ADDITION TO WSU, the No. 63 DT in the land holds offers from Wisconsin and Sacramento State. He’s also receiving interest from SMU, Oregon and Vanderbilt.

“I know I’m taking official visits to Washington State and Wisconsin,” Sagapolu said. “I’ll be at WSU Oct. 3 and I’m still in the process of scheduling my visit to Wisconsin.

“I don’t have any favorites right now, though. I’m keeping an open mind to everything. I want to take my officials first and see what goes on from there.”

Sagapolu added that he’s planning on making his college decision after his football season comes to an end.

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