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A recruiting blast from the past: What's up with former WSU 4-star verbal Toki? When was last time he and Cougar staff talked

REMEMBER CHRISTMAS EVE, 2013? That was when Thomas Toki verballed to Cougar d-line coach Joe Salave’a and Washington State. Alas, the four-star DT ultimately didn’t quality because of his SAT scores and eventually went the JUCO route. So where is he now? Are the Cougs still on his list? When was the last time the two sides spoke?

This week. spoke with Toki late Thursday night and the former WSU pledge said he just connected with members of the Cougar staff on Wednesday. Their message was clear.

“They just wanted to let me know that they’re still high on me and that they want me to take care of business in the classroom so I can get the scores I need,” Toki said. “Right now, I’m focusing on my school work and on having a good season.”

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Toki is suiting up for the College of San Mateo this fall, which WSU has actively recruited since Mike Leach and company arrived to the Palouse.

The 6-1 defensive lineman said he’s planning on spending a year at CSM and hopes to transfer to his new school by next summer the latest. So, which schools are recruiting him?

“Washington State obviously, Oklahoma State, Utah, Oregon State and a little bit of Cal,” Toki said. “It’s basically the same schools that were on me before. I’m planning on taking my visits after the season.

“I’ll probably take officials to Utah, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Auburn and maybe USC. I’m not sure if I’ll take one to Washington State just because I already took my official there and I know the way things are. I’ll probably take an unofficial visit there.”

Thus far this season, he has recorded three tackles for loss and a sack. He’s also lost a lot of weight, too.

“I’m lining up at 3-tech,” Toki said. “In high school I was a nose guard, but I’ve gotten a lot slimmer. I was 316 when I got here, but I’m playing at 282 right now. They've got me on a running program and I’m a lot quicker now.”

Before heading the JUCO route, Toki was ranked four stars and a Top 300 prospect in the nation per

Here are more recruiting notes for you:

• Toki mentioned visiting Oregon State and as you might have noticed, WSU and OSU are after many of the same recruits this cycle. OSU has targeted Cougar verbals Tayari Venable and Charles Watson and both have said they're  taking official visits to Corvallis later this month.

• Isaiah Hodgins has set his official visit to Oregon. The former WSU WR verbal will be tripping to Eugene on Oct. 29. The four-star WR has said that he still wants to visit WSU, but he’s yet to set that trip. 

• According to his Twitter account, WSU has extended an offer to College of the Canyons wide receiver Marquise Brown. Last week, the 5-10, 170-pounder recorded five catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns. He added 139 return yards and another TD. WSU is offer No. 1 for Brown. 


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