WSU Signing Day Primer: Part II

IT'S TIME FOR THE COUGS to get defensive in recruiting -- and in two senses of the word. On one hand, Washington State has lots of defensive players verbally committed. But some of those pledges also remain on the fence about sticking with their verbal commitment to the Cougs. Here is the second edition of the new CF.C daily feature running up to Signing Day, videos included.

Today, we look at two recruits who are all-in on the Cougs plus two more to watch between now and Feb. 4: Jonah Moi, Kyahva Tezino, Treshon Broughton (pictured above) and Thomas Toki. And be sure and check back tomorrow on Cougfan.com for the rundown on four more Cougar commits.

The Cougar verbal who probably sounds the least sure about who he'll sign with is Moi. Moi (6-4, 235) remains a soft verbal to Washington State but is considering TCU and Oregon. Moi visited TCU last weekend, and he had an in-home visit with both WSU and Oregon on Tuesday. He plans to visit Oregon this weekend, a visit he expects will give him more clarity on what he wants to do.

Moi says all three schools are very much in play but in an interview with CF.C on Tuesday, he said he was leaning slightly towards TCU and Oregon over WSU, something he reiterated a few hours later to the TCU site on Scout.com.

The outside linebacker/defensive end is rated three stars by Scout.com, and recorded the second-most total tackles on the Riverside defense (82) last season. In 12 games, Moi made 1.5 sacks and one interception. He also forced two fumbles and broke up five passes.



Tezino is considered a soft verbal commitment to WSU after taking a visit to San Diego State last weekend, with his high school coaches saying the visit went well. Tezino at last check also plans to visit Ole Miss this weekend with one of his prep teammates. It is unknown whether he will have any more in-home visits between now and Saturday midnight when the in-home period ends.

The four-star outside linebacker out of Bishop Mora Salesian High is rated highly in the state of California by Scout.com as the No. 5 OLB in Cali, and the No. 6 OLB prospect in the West region. Tezino (6-0.5, 200) played on both sides of the ball in high school, serving as a linebacker as well as a running back.

On defense, Tezino recorded 112 total tackles, 99 of which were solo, including 10 tackles for a loss. He also made two sacks last season. As a running back, Tezino carried the ball 115 times for 1,063 yards and six touchdowns, plus a receiving touchdown.



The 6-1, 175-pound cornerback out of Riverside is solid and excited to join his RCC teammates at WSU (HREF=//washingtonstate.scout.com/a.z?s=137&p=8&c=1&nid=7859283>Jeremiah Mitchell and perhaps Moi.) The three-star recruit has told CF.C that this recruiting process is not a process where he's flying by the seat of his pants -- he knows what he wants and sayd WSU has a sense of familiarity for him with Mitchell and good friend Greg Hoyd in Pullman.

The future WSU cornerback is not taking any more visits. Broughton told CF.C last week that he was expecting an in-home visit with Washington State sometime this week. Sure enough, Broughton hosted Mike Leach, Alex Grinch, and Ken Wilson on Tuesday night. Broughton is as close to a lock as you can get in recruiting.

Broughton made 34 total tackles and five interceptions last season for Riverside, and he also broke up a team-high 11 passes. He is rated three stars on Scout.com.



The four-star defensive tackle out of St. Francis High in California recently shut down his recruitment for good. An in-home visit from Joe Salave'a resulted in Toki cancelling upcoming visits to Oklahoma State and Arizona State and he told CF.C he was 100 percent committed to WSU. Toki also told CF.C's Braulio Perez a few days ago another in-home visit from Salave'a and Mike Leach was scheduled for Wednesday night. Toki added that he is excited to work with new defensive coaches Alex Grinch and Roy Manning.

Toki is rated the No. 4 defensive tackle in California, and the No. 5 DT in the West region. He is listed at 6-1 and 292 pounds. Toki made 57 total tackles, 14 solo, including three tackles for a loss and one sack his senior season.




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