RECRUITING: Washington State in Pac-12, SEC battle for Hawaii DE Miki Suguturaga

FOR THE LAST three months, Washington State and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a have made it clear to touted prospect Miki Suguturaga he’s a recruiting priority for the Cougs. And this week, Salave’a, Leach and other members of the staff pulled a move which certainly opened the eyes of the 6-5, 260-pounder.

It’s common in recruiting for a coach to send a prospect a handwritten letter. But earlier this week, Suguturaga admitted he was a little surprised when he got home and saw what was waiting for him.

“I’ve been talking with Coach Joe Salave'a a lot, but this week I got letters from all of the coaches on the staff,” Suguturaga told CF.C on Thursday. “It was really awesome to receive those letters. It made me think even more about Washington State and possibly taking an official visit there.”

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The Cougs offered the three-star prospect in early June, with Salave’a making the tender. The Cougar coaches first started recruiting the Hawaiian product back in May. 

WSU is one of more than 10 programs to offer. Suguturaga holds scholarships from Oregon State, Arizona State, Utah, BYU Hawaii, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and others.

“It was awesome to get that offer from Washington State,” he said “As a kid, I always knew the schools in Washington were good at football and had good academics. Coach Salave’a told me it’s a great place to play football and WSU has one of the best defenses in the country. He’s been showing me stuff from practice, which has been great.”

Suguturaga, ranked the No. 2 defensive end out of Hawaii, said he hasn’t trimmed his list down to a top 5, but that the Pac-12 and SEC programs recruiting him are ones he’s interested in. He added that BYU and Army are also getting a strong look.

With a decision likely coming at the end of his senior season, Suguturaga is planning on taking all five of his allowed official visits. Will one of those visits be to Pullman?

“I’m still in the process of figuring that out,” he said. “I’m going over everything with my mom right now and we’re trying to decide which schools I’ll go and visit. We’ll figure all of that out soon.”

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