WSU Notebook: Hang-on time in recruiting

IT’S HANG-ON TIME in recruiting and with 25 known verbal commits from the 2015 crop, Washington State has a lot to hang onto (and it’s 27 total including transfers/holdovers). One of those verbal pledges, three-star American Samoa linebacker Logan Tago, is now a soft verbal on after scheduling an official visit to another school this weekend. But there could be another twist …

Logan Tago (Pago Pago, American Samoa, Samoana High) is scheduled trip to Oregon State this weekend, a prep source tells

The source also tells that WSU assistant coach Joe Salave’a is on the recruiting trail right now -- in American Samoa.

So we’ll see if Tago's official visit to Corvallis ends up happening – this past weekend DT Thomas Toki was all set to officially visit Oklahoma State. Salave’a had an in-home with him on Friday before he was to travel to Stillwater. And Toki called the visit off.

Yet it still speaks to this time of year: when the final contact period before Signing Day opens back after the holidays/final bowl game, recruiting enters its wildest phase.

Tago (pictured above) verbally pledged Washington State a while back but the news didn’t break until mid-December. The 6-4, 205-pounder is tall and explosive and was also offered this cycle by Washington, Oregon State, Utah and Colorado.

Salave’a is dynamic recruiter for Washington State. He’s a rock star in American Samoa, having played in the NFL and enjoyed success as a Pac-12 assistant in a relatively brief coaching career. Since he arrived at WSU, it’s basically been if Big Joe wants a kid from American Samoa, everyone else on the recruiting trail might as well go home. But it should be noted, Oregon State now has a productive American Samoa recruiter of their own.

New OSU d-line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a was one of the main reasons a pair of three star d-tackles -- Elu Aydon (Pago Page, American Samoa) and DT Olive Sagapolu (Santa Ana, Calif., also offered by WSU) – verbally committed to Wisconsin this cycle. But Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is now at Oregon State, and he brought d-line coach Kauha’aha’a with him.

Kauha’aha’a never played in the NFL like Salave’a did. But he is regarded as a very good recruiter. Stay tuned … Meanwhile, there are other Cougar verbals listed as taking visits this weekend.

Dillon Faamatua was said, if you believe in twitter, to be tripping to ASU last weekend -- that didn’t happen but he is now said to instead be taking that ASU trip this weekend. Jonah Moi was also said to be taking a visit last weekend, to TCU, but a source told he called it off after a WSU in-home. Well, it looks like it’s back on for this weekend. Kyahva Tezino is listed as traveling to SDSU this weekend.

Hang on time, indeed.

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