WSU in final two for 3-star DL Olive Sagapolu

IT’S DOWN TO TWO for three-star defensive lineman Olive Sagapolu. The Santa Ana, Calif. product was in Pullman over the weekend and gave his official visit two enthusiastic thumbs up. He’ll take one more trip, he said, and then he’ll know where he’ll be spending the next 4-5 years of his life. An announcement, though, won’t be coming any time soon.

Sagapolu returned from his Palouse visit and it certainly made an impact on his recruitment, he said.

“It all went really well,” Sagapolu said. “I liked the atmosphere out there a lot and enjoyed meeting the coaches and players. One thing that stood out to me too was that everyone is so supportive of the team.

“I really liked how everything would come up to you and yell, ‘Go Cougs.’ Everyone was just yelling that out at all times. The coaches welcome me with open arms and so did the coaches. It was great.”

FOLLOWING HIS VISIT Sagapolu said he is down to Wisconsin and Washington State. Both schools have offered, in addition to Sacramento State.

“I don’t have a favorite or anything right now and I’m just waiting to visit Wisconsin,” Sagapolu said. “I’m going their Oct. 25 for my official visit. After that, I’ll know where I want to go.

“I’m going to wait until signing day to make my decision, though. I’m going to take my time and not rush anything.”

Sagapolu added that the WSU visit raised his interest in the Cougs, though.

“I’m very interested in Washington State right now,” he said. “This trip opened my eyes a little bit. I’m considering them.”

THE THREE-STAR product said another highlight of his weekend was hanging out with some of the players on the team. This included freshmen Ngalu Tapa and Chandler Leniu.

The 6-2, 290-pounder also enjoyed spending time with head man Mike Leach and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a.

“Right before I left Pullman, I sat down with Coach Leach,” Sagapolu said. “He told me he was glad that I came out to visit and that he wants me on the team. He wants me to be a Coug.

“With Coach Joe, we had dinner right when I got in and then had breakfast the next morning. We spoke about the program and how things were going this season. We didn’t just talk about football, though. I’m going to study criminal justice, so we spoke about academics as well.”

The WSU campus was the last highlight Sagapolu mentioned.

“Everything was so close,” he said. “The stadium is in the middle of everything and you can walk anywhere you need to. It’s a small campus, but a lot of the buildings are right there. It’s good to know I wouldn’t have to drive. All I need is a board or just walk.”

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