WSU continues to prime Polynesian pipeline

WASHINGTON STATE continues to reload on Polynesian recruits under Mike Leach this class. If all goes according to plan, Washington State will feature five new additions of Polynesian descent by the time Signing Day comes to a close. A look at the large number of Polynesian players on the WSU roster reveals a couple of additional interesting nuggets.

The five new additions by our count would make for 14 players of Polynesian descent on the WSU roster in 2015.

DT Thomas Toki, DE T.J. Fehoko, LB Logan Tago, S Shalom Luani and OL Amosa Sakaria are expected to join nine fellow Cougars on the 2015 roster: DE Hercules Mata'afa, DE Kingston Fernandez, NT Ngalu Tapa, LB Frank Luvu, DE Destiny Vaeao, S Taylor Taliulu, DL Darryl Paulo, DL Daniel Ekuale and NT Robert Barber.

Toki, meanwhile, is a low-to-the-ground d-tackle who can get up under the pads of offensive linemen. Fehoko has racked up 55 sacks the past two years. Tago has a long-running motor and versatility. Luani is a hard-hitting decaffeinator out in open space. Sakaria has a dumptruck-like frame to build upon in the coming years at Washington State.

The driving force behind WSU's recruiting of American Samoa is d-line coach Joe Salave'a, though it should be pointed out a number of Polynesian Cougs hailed from other locales and therefore had additional WSU assistant coaches significantly involved in their recruiting.

But when it comes to Salave'a, all the future Cougars tell a similar story regardless of where they're from - they relate well to Salave'a and tell CF.C they know he's someone who is going to take care of them.

His name recognition is off the charts with Polynesian recruits -- and being a former NFL player pays dividends.

Once they get to campus on their official visits, they bond with their hosts and the other Cougar players.

But none of that happens without Mike Leach having made it a huge priority to recruit Polynesian players as soon as he got to Washington State.

And especially on the defensive side for the Cougs.

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