Recruiting: Three-star Cali DL high on Cougs

IN ADDITION to the new $61 million football operations building and coaching staff, there is another aspect to WSU that has caught the eye of three-star defensive line prospect Dillon Faamatau.

Out of Norwalk, Calif. (a suburb of Los Angeles), Faamatau tells CF.C he plans to major in Kinesiology and with WSU having a solid Kinesiology department, the Cougs are high on his list. He also talked about his relationship with the WSU coaching staff and more.

The 6-4, 280 pound defensive tackle said he’s been in contact with WSU area recruiter Dennis Simmons and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a about once every week.

“I love it, just the way I interact with coaches on the line,” Faamatau said. “Just hearing all the good stuff that’s around the program that’s what really buys me (in).”

Faamatau also noted he’s spoken to Mike Leach twice and credits Leach as a great guy to talk to.

The three star defensive tackle said he and Leach focused on Faamatau’s areas of interest, and plan for school. Faamatau said Leach has informed the defensive lineman about WSU’s Kinesiology program.

Faamatau has a list of four schools on top -- WSU, Arizona State, Utah, and UCLA. He said he plans to narrow down that list and make a decision in either late December or early January.

According to Faamatau, the most important factor in his decision will be a school that provides a home atmosphere.

“When it comes down to the decision point is basically where I feel I would be able to stay there for four years and just know that I can call it home,” Faamatau said. “It would be like a second home to me.”

Why did the Cougars offer Faamatau in the first place?

“They see the motor that I was giving in my film that I sent to them and they just love that aggressiveness,” Faamatau said. “They wanted me to be a part of that defensive line so that I can help them out with the aggressive side of the game.”


At Norwalk High, Faamatau is used to lining up in the 4-3 defense, but the possibility of switching and playing in the 3-4 defensive scheme with the Cougars would not be a problem for him.

“I don’t really care too much for what defense we run, I know if we were to probably run a 3-4 I would probably play the one technique, the nose (tackle),” Faamatau said. “That’d also be cool. I would get to dominate the center and the dudes that try and double- and triple-team down on me.”

The 6-4 280-pound defensive lineman has not been to the Palouse yet, but said he plans to take an official visit during the weekend the Cougars host Cal on October 4.

Faamatau credited his hitting as his biggest strength on the field and also mentioned how he loves to lead by example.

“If I feel as if the tempo needs to be picked up or just everyone is going with the flow and we need to pick up a step, I like to be the person who wants to try and start that off,” he said.

Faamatau is ranked as the 91st best defensive tackle in the 2015 recruiting class according to

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