3-star DL blown away by WSU trip, facilities

IT WAS A MEMORABLE weekend for defensive lineman Dillon Faamatau. The three-star prospect was in Pullman for his official visit and tells CF.C he was blown away by the campus and atmosphere at Martin Stadium. The Football Operations Building, he added, is the best he’s ever seen. And this is a young man who’s been to several Pac-12 campuses.

Dillon Faamatau left Pullman early Monday morning and offered a rave review to CF.C about his time out on the Palouse.

“Overall, the trip was awesome,” he said. “When you first come in, everything is pretty rural, but when you get on campus, you get a great vibe for everything. The whole school loves the football team and it’s a big part of the city. We went to the game too and the atmosphere was crazy.

“Although they lost, it was an amazing game. The fans cheering for the guys was insane. They really showed a lot of support.”

PERHAPS THE HIGHLIGHT of his trip, however, was getting a tour of the new Football Operations Building.

“Oh man, the new facilities were great,” Faamatau said. “From what I’ve seen so far on other (unofficial) visits, it’s the best I’ve seen. I’ve seen ASU, UCLA and USC and the facilities at Wazzu tops those schools.”

The three-star prospect had the opportunity to meet plenty with both head man Mike Leach and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a.

“Coach Leach is a great guy,” he said. “First we talked about what I wanted to major in and then we spoke about the game. He was telling me he wants me to come to Pullman and he wants to be my coach. He thinks I could help the team.

“I got to hang out with Coach Salave’a throughout the whole trip. It was nice that we were able to sit down and talk. I had a meeting with him and the kid from Mater Dei (Olive Sagapolu) about playing at the next level and how things would be under him as our coach.”

ALTHOUGH HE DIDN”T COMMIT over the weekend, the 6-4, 280-pounder said the visit made a monster impression on him.

“I informed the coaches that I’m planning on making my decision in December,” Faamatau said. “This trip raised my interest a lot, though. I’d say Wazzu has the upper hand on all the other schools recruiting me right now.

“I was talking with some of the other recruits on defense about us all coming here and playing together. We were talking about this recruiting class and how special it could be. It’d be cool to play with these guys.”

Faamatau added that he’s planning on taking official visits to Utah and Fresno State later this fall.

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