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WSU still in the mix for 3-star Edmonds DE Ali Gaye?

THE LAST TIME spoke with in-state defensive end prospect Ali Gaye in the spring, he was sitting at five offers. And since? The 6-6, 260-pounder has more than doubled that number, has six rides from the Pac-12, and is hoping to get his decision done with sooner rather than later. And with a verbal commitment on his mind, where do things stand between him and the Cougs?

The Edmonds-Woodway is starting to get the verbal commitment itch. 

Gaye, who was offered by WSU in April, also holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, USC, Fresno State and six others (13 total).

“So far, I’ve taken (unofficial) visits to Wazzu, UW and USC,” Gaye told CF.C on Tuesday night. “Those are the only three schools I’ve taken trips too, but I’m working on setting up my official visits right now. I’m not sure if I’ll be taking all five. I’m planning them right now and discussing everything with my parents.”

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One of the schools Gaye is considering taking an official trip to is WSU, where he took an unofficial visit to last spring for a Jr. Day event.

“I liked it a lot,” Gaye said. “It’s a small-town school and everything is close. It’s a pretty good location as well.”

Gaye, being recruited as a DE by WSU, said he’s been in close contact with defensive line coach Joe Salave’a and area recruiter Eric Mele. The three have been in close contact since last year.

“They’ve been telling about the school and how they really want me to come play for them,” Gaye said. “They want me to keep working in the classroom and they’ve been keeping me updated on how their season is going.

“The coaches want me to keep getting stronger as well. My weight is fine right now, but I could add a few more pounds.”

When it does come to decision time, what will Gaye be looking at most when he gets ready to give a team his verbal?

“I’m looking for a place where I can feel comfortable and where it won’t just be about the football team,” Gaye said. “I don’t want to just go play and hate where I’m at after that. I want to like where I’m living, get a good education and be able to focus on getting my degree.”

Gaye said he’d keep CF.C posted on when and where he decides to take his official visits. Stay tuned.

Here are some more recruiting notes for you:

• Four-star WSU quarterback verbal Connor Neville will be in Pullman this weekend on an unofficial visit. Neville announced on his Twitter account last night he’ll be in town to watch the Cougs host Oregon

• WSU was the first Pac-12 program to send an offer to senior outside linebacker Michael Owusu. The 6-4, 205-pounder also holds an offer from San Diego State. He’s out of Westlake Village, Calif.

• Earlier this week, WSU offered four-star 2018 defensive line prospect Tommy Togiai. The 6-4, 300-pounder, out of Pocatello, Idaho, is ranked the No. 12 DT in the nation for his class by

• On Sept. 23, the Cougs extended an offer to junior offensive lineman Justin Dedich. Dedich checks in at 6-2, 275-pounds and is rated four stars by

• Another junior to land an offer from the Cougs was Sachse, Texas, wide receiver Drue Jackson. The 6-0, 175-pounder is also rated four stars by and holds tenders from Colorado, Iowa, Texas Tech, Louisville and others.

• WSU WR verbal Tyquez Hampton took an official visit to Utah over the weekend. Hampton is also planning on taking a visit to West Virginia. He’s scheduled to visit WSU in December.

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