A big recruiting weekend underway at WSU

COUGFANS PLANNING TO attend the men’s basketball game Saturday vs. UTSA (12 p.m.) are likely to notice a large number of official football visitors in Beasley. The visit list on CF.C now numbers nine, including a far-flung defensive tackle ranked in the Scout.com National 100 and the No. 8 DT prospect nationally. Here's a mountain of video tape to watch and recruiting nuggets to chomp on …

DT Tim Settle out of Stonewall Jackson High in Manassas, Va., checks in at a robust 6-2, 339-pounds. He’s stated he won’t be doing any more phone interviews but texted Scout.com he’s down to four and says all are even: Washington State, Virginia Tech, USC and Oklahoma State. The visit to WSU is his fifth and final trip. He hasn’t set a date for his announcement. Settle’s offers list this recruiting cycle number 30-plus and includes Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas and others. You would expect Settle to run roughshod over the prep competition given his size but it’s his quickness and athleticism that have made him a sought national recruit.

DE Mufi Hunt is hard to miss at 6-foot-6, and his frame has lots of room to pack on the college bulk beyond his current weight of 215-pounds. He’s a three-star prospect out of Salt Lake City’s Taylorville High ranked No. 53 nationally at his position. He has seven Pac-12 offers and Scout.com lists his top two as Washington State and Cal. He said in his most recent interview WSU d-line coach Joe Salave’a is a big draw and close to Hunt and his family. Hunt this season racked up 73 tackles, 16 TFL, 12 sacks, 12 hurries and an interception.

DE Jeremiah Mitchell checks in at 6-5, 255-pounds out of Riverside Community College. He has double-digit offers this recruiting cycle including ones from WSU, Oregon and ASU. He posted 13.5 TFL and six sacks among his 43 tackles (20 solo). He was set to pledge the Ducks last month but they pulled the rug out from under on him just before his official visit to Eugene, saying things have changed and they won’t know if they’ll have a spot for him until later in December. He has 2-to-play-2 and is expected to graduate with his AA in the spring.

LB/DE Jonah Moi, Mitchell’s teammate at Riverside, was second on RCC in tackles this season with 82 (45 solo) and posted 10.5 TFL, five pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a 60-yard fumble return for score among his stats. The 6-4, 235-pounder’s highlight reel shows impressive closing speed, a linebacker who plays the run and pass equally well plus a penchant for tackling with his face. Moi verbally committed to Hawaii way back in March. He’s rated 2-stars on Scout.com, with known offers from WSU, BYU and Hawaii.

LB Gabe Reid faced a lot of double-teams this season. But at 6-2, 240-pounds, he racked up 99 tackles and 17 sacks this season. He has 40-plus sacks over his prep career at Provo’s Timpview High and Scout.com’s Doug Kimmel says you would be “hard pressed to find a more savvy pass rusher in the country.” High praise indeed. Reid has offers from most of the Pac-12 and is rated three stars.

S Shalom Luani out of City College of San Francisco is a soft verbal to Oregon State, pledging the Beavs back in March over an offer from Washington. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety is a virtual blank page on Scout.com and rated two stars but he sits at No. 38 on ESPN’s overall JUCO ratings and is the third-highest rated JUCO safety in the country. A fluid DB, he racked up seven interceptions this season, with 49 tackles in 11 games.

WR Kanawai Noa out of Honolulu’s Punahou High is a crisp route runner with great hands – he led the Interscholastic league in receiving yards this season and for his career posted 3,195 career receiving yards with 34 TDs. This past season, the three-star prospect hauled in 53 receptions in eight games for 1,072 yards with nine TDs. He shaved some time off his 40 this past offseason, clocking a 4.41 this summer.

DE DeVante Wilson, also out Riverside CC, checks in at 6-5, 245-pounds and holds offers from WSU, Cal and ASU among others. He’s quick off the ball and has good closing speed for his size. The three-star prospect had 36 tackles this season (18 solo) with three sacks and fumble return for score.

Darrien Molton has been verbally committed to Washington State since July, pledging crimson over Cal, Utah, Colorado and others. Scout.com’s Greg Biggins calls him a “talented cover corner with a ton of ability.” He’s ranked three stars, the No. 23 corner prospect out West and checks in at 5-10, 165-pounds.

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