3-star DT Faamatau finds perfect fit in WSU

THREE-STAR DEFENSIVE TACKLE prospect Dillon Faamatau (6-4, 275) was enamored with the myriad of football plusses that Washington State had to offer. But in addition to that, there was one other thing that ultimately helped him make the decision to go crimson on Monday night, he tells Cougfan.com...

Santa visited area recruiter Dennis Simmons and future position coach Joe Salave'a 10 days before Christmas this year.

"I just committed to Wazzu," said Faamatau out of Norwalk, Calif. "Coach Dennis Simmons and Coach Joe Salave'a were very happy, they said Christmas just came early."

Faamatau tripped to Pullman back in October the weekend WSU lost to Cal. But the trip was convincing, he said Monday night, and Washington State's kinesiology program was big in his decision.

"On my visit, I just loved the atmosphere, how the school is so football-orientated," said Faamatau. "(WSU) football is the center of not only the school but the city - everyone supports the school, supports the team. And the academic program, I love that. It covered everything that I want in my major, which is kinesiology."

The new WSU facilities stood out to Faamatau, at the time of his visit he called them the best he'd seen and noted he'd been to the ASU, UCLA and USC campuses.

Mike Leach and the WSU coaches also were a game-changer.

"Coach Joe, he's been there since Day One, since the first day they offered me. He's been messaging me on Twitter, always checking in to see how I'm doing," said Faamatau.

After his October trip to the Palouse, Faamatau wanted to take some time and make an informed decision, to sit down and think long and hard on what school would fit him best and offer him the best chance for success on the field and in life.

He planned, back during the first week in October, to have all his ducks in a row in his decision-making process in December and then make his verbal pledge.

And that's just the way it turned out.

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