WSU recruiting: American Samoa targets

THE TOP RATED RECRUIT out of American Samoa this cycle is Pago Pago offensive guard prospect Frederick Mauigoa. Where do the Cougs stand on him? And are there other American Samoa prospects on the 2016 class radar who might end up signing with Washington State in February?

Maybe, a prep source tells Cougfan.com, on the latter question.

Apart from Mauigoa, there’s another prospect in American Samoa WSU is eyeing, a source who asked not to be identified tells CF.C.

The source did not want to offer many details, saying WSU is trying to keep their interest on him under wraps so other schools don’t piggyback upon a WSU offer.  Last class, it was unknown for several weeks WSU had two verbal commitments from American Samoa --  Logan Tago and Amosa Sakaria.

What the source did say about Mr. X: 

1) He’s hugely athletic, playing several positions in high school. 2) He has some academic work to do, so it’s not a done deal WSU would sign him in February.

TURNING TO MAUIGOA, he holds offers from WSU, Oregon State, BYU, Hawaii, UNLV and others. 

It is often a challenge to get hold of American Samoa prospects directly but CF.C's source said Mauigoa is mostly looking at Washington State, Oregon State and BYU – and that it will likely come down to WSU and OSU on February's signing day.

Oregon State was in American Samoa this week for an in-home with Mauigoa but the 6-4, 295-pounder was not taking any official visits this weekend, planning instead to make his trips in January and to announce his decision after the New Year, the source said.

OSU has three assistant coaches of Polynesian descent.  None of them, however, can measure up to the rock star status of Joe Salave’a back in American Samoa.  (Another source recently told CF.C that Salave’a regularly gets mobbed coming off the plane when he travels there, with people racing up to Big Joe to put leis around his neck literally as he steps off the plane).

Mauigoa is the No. 6 rated offensive guard out West on Scout.com.

Unlike many American Samoa prospects who fly well under the radar, Mauigoa was able to make a trip stateside this summer. His performance at The Opening firmly placed him on the recruiting map.

“The big interior lineman is naturally strong and can manhandle opposing lineman at the high school level but what we like is his overall athleticism and mobility, which will really help his game at the next level,” says Scout.com’s Greg Biggins.

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