Cougs recruiting the Beehive for 2016

THE TALENT-RICH state of California is naturally where the vast majority of the 2016 Washington State offers reside. But what state is No. 2? The answer, particularly when looking at the makeup of the current WSU roster, might surprise you.

Utah leads the second tier with eight known Cougar offers. (Hawaii has seven, Washington has five. California has 49).

Here’s what really interesting about the Beehive State and Wazzu recruiting -- only one player on the WSU roster this spring is from Utah. And he originally walked on – quarterback Luke Falk.

Another Utah product will arrive later this summer, defensive end T.J. Fehoko out of Cottonwood High, a last minute crimson win this past February on Signing Day. Still, that will make for all of two players on the WSU roster from Utah.

The Cougs, obviously for the 2016 class, are looking to change that.

Joe Salave’a is the Cougs’ point man on recruiting Utah and the 2016 crop looks like a particularly good one. (And don't discount this factoid when it comes to recruiting weekends either - Salt Lake City to Lewiston is a non-stop flight).

There’s a pair of 300 prospects out of Utah who have been offered by the Cougs and the other six prospects with crimson offers are all rated three-star prospects.

Here’s a look at them in action during their junior seasons.

DE Pookie Maka, Woods Cross High, (6-4, 200) OT Johnny Maea, East High, (6-4, 275, pictured above) DE Fua Pututau, Cottonwood, (6-3, 230) LB Keenan Pili, Timpview High, (6-2, 200) LB Max Tooley, Bountiful High, (6-2, 195) OT Keaton Bills, Corner Canyon High, (6-5, 275) WR Simi Fehoko, Brighton High, (6-4, 183) DE Maxs Tupai, (Murray High, (6-3, 250)

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