In-state LB ready for WSU official on Friday

FOTU LEIATO EXPLODED on the recruiting scene about five weeks ago and things figure to be hectic leading up to signing day. WSU remains in the thick of things for the three-star LB, who will visit Pullman this weekend. He’s also got an in-home set up with the Cougs this week.

With three official visit weekends remaining until prospects fax in their National Letters of Intent on Feb. 4, Leiato is planning on taking all three visits.

CF.C caught up with Steilacoom assistant coach William Garrow to get the latest on Leiato (who is not doing any more interviews). While next weekend's trip/location has not been set, Leiato does know where he’ll be this weekend.

“The visit to WSU is set up for Jan. 16,” Garrow said. “Upon returning from WSU, he will have in-home visits with coaches from schools on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of that week. Based on his meetings with those coaches and his families’ feelings, he will probably take a trip that weekend to one of those schools. He is then scheduled to take his final visit on Jan. 30 to UCLA.”

Leiato has in-home visits next week set up with Oklahoma, Oregon, Michigan State and San Diego State and will pick from one of those schools to visit that weekend, Garrow said.

Leiato holds offers from Wazzu, UCLA, Oklahoma, Michigan State and others.

THIS THURSDAY THOUGH, the first day coaches can make in-home visits coming out of the dead period, Leiato will host WSU assistant Eric Mele. Mele has been one of the primary recruiters for the three-star prospect and paid him an in-home visit last month.

The 6-2, 205-pounder took an unofficial visit to WSU for the Apple Cup and told CF.C he left Pullman blown away by the school and campus vibe. He’ll have the chance to see it all again starting on Friday.

“The trip was a long drive over, ha ha, but it went really well,” Leiato said after his unofficial. “It was super cold at that game. The locker room was really nice, the weight room and the media room were cool. The barbershop was also something I didn't expect. Overall, just the football offices and facilities and the new buildings and stuff really stood out to me.”

As for when a decision might come?

“Basically, as far as his commitment goes, he'll just make a commitment when it feels right to him,” Garrow said. “He's been talking to coaches at all the schools on a pretty regular basis and wants to continue to meet with them and learn more about each school so he's comfortable with his decision.”

Elsewhere in recruiting, Washington State remains on the radar for Hawaiian offensive tackle Viliamu Auwae, Scout’s Doug Kimmel reports.

"I need to get my SAT up a few points, and then I'll be good to go," Auwae told Kimmel. "I'm not taking any visits this weekend, to prepare for the test, but I'll be taking a visit the last weekend (January 30).

"I don't know where I'm going to take my visit, but I have a few ideas. As of now, Utah State and Washington State are my top two schools. I guess if the Utes offered, that would probably make it a top 3, we'll see.

"Utah State is coming to do a home visit next week. I really like the Aggies. Coach Malloe is a great guy and has done a good job recruiting me. I also really like Coach Salave'a at Wazzu. He has been really cool."

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