Offensive lineman Christian Haangana tells he's got Washington State high on his list

IT’S BEEN OVER a year since the staff at Washington State extended a scholarship offer to massive offensive lineman Christian Haangana. And the Cougs have been in steady contact with him this fall. The high interest is mutual, Haangana told this week and he’s got the Cougs near the top of his list.

Checking in at 6-6, 350-pounds, Haangana is no doubt one of the biggest offensive line prospects on the Coug board. 

The Milpitas, Calif., product holds offers from WSU, Cal, Oregon State, San Jose State and Idaho, and is also receiving interest from Utah, Alabama and a few others. He didn’t hesitate when asked where the Cougs stand right now.

“They’re definitely one of my top schools,” Haangana said. “The schools I like most right now are Washington State and Utah (yet to offer). They’ve been on me the hardest and do a good job of keeping in touch with me.”

HAANGANA SAID THAT Jim Mastro, the WSU running backs coach, is his area recruiter (Mastro's hometown is Milpitas).

In addition, Haangana also been in close contact with Cougar offensive line coach Clay McGuire.

“They’ve both been talking to me since the summer of my sophomore year,” Haangana said. “That’s when they offered me. The coaches up there love the school and they want me to get up there and join the Cougs.”

With his size and quick hands, it’s easy to see why the Cougar coaches want him in the mix in Pullman.

“The coaches have told me that they like how nasty I am and how I finish my blocks,” Haangana said. “They don’t have a set position for me yet. They’re graduating four offensive lineman, so I could play at either guard or tackle.”

Haangana is taking his SATs in November and will begin setting official visits once his testing is completed. He said he’s planning on visiting Washington State, Utah, UCLA and possibly Alabama.

“I’m hoping to make my decision before February,” Haangana said. “I’ve got to narrow things down and figure out a top three.  I’ve got to talk to my coach and figure everything out.”

Notable Note:

• Another Cougar offensive line target to keep an eye on: Ventura College tackle Tyson Rising. In a recent interview with, Rising said he’s planning on making his decision sometime this month. Rising said WSU and Colorado were among the schools he was leaning toward. Will he end up giving his verbal to the Cougs? We could find out soon.

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