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WSU 3-star OL target Mauigoa tells CF.C he’s close

FREDERICK MAUIGOA out of Pago Pago, American Samoa still has one more official visit left, to Oregon State next weekend, before he makes the final call. But Washington State is in the driver’s seat after the 3-star offensive line prospect’s trip to the Palouse. Here’s what Mauigoa told CF.C.

“I didn’t commit, but I have a good feeling I’m going to end up here,” said Mauigoa (6-4, 295) out of Tafuna High.

Mauigoa is the quiet type on the phone, a man of few words. But it was readily apparent that academics, getting a great college education, is supremely important to him. Washington State over the weekend knocked his socks off with their academic presentation.

“It was awesome, I just finished visiting the campus and I got to visit with the administrators,” said Mauigoa. “…The (academic) program really caught my attention… and I think I’m going to be here.”

Mauigoa is close to the Pago Pago players on WSU’s roster -- in particular a pair of freshmen in Logan Tago and Amosa Sakaria  (Sakaria is also a Tafuna product).

“I just slept over at their house last night, I didn’t even go to the hotel,” said Mauigoa. “Everything is cruising great in the (football) program, it’s a (college town) and what’s good is everybody knows each other. You have a good chance of having (small class sizes) and the study hall that they have here I think can help me a lot.”

He also sat down with o-line coach Clay McGuire.

“Coach McGuire, when I met up with him, he showed me some film on their o-line and how their blocking scheme goes,” said Mauigoa. “I think with how their o-line works on the field, through their playbook, it’s pretty simple and it will be easy to catch up with.”

Mauigoa said he enjoyed his time with Mike Leach

“We went to Coach Leach’s house and there he told me about how much this university means to him, and that it’s great place to be,” said Mauigoa.

Mauigoa is ranked the No. 62-ranked guard prospect nationally on Scout.com, in large part because Mauigoa was able to make stateside strips this spring and summer and compete in the camp and combine circuit – and when he got here he more than held his own against US competition.

WSU d-line coach Joe Salave'a runs the point on American Samoa recruiting for WSU, with previous crimson signings including Tago, Sakaria, Shalom Luani (JUCO), Frankie Luvu, Daniel EkualeEmmitt Su'a-Kalio (no longer with program) Robert Barber and Destiny Vaeao.

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