3-star DT and Arizona verbal commit taking notice of WSU's winning ways

HAVE YOU SEEN the two most recent known offers extended by the Washington State coaches? Both prospects have one thing in common: They're Pac-12 verbals to other schools. One of them is a three-star defensive tackle out of a powerhouse high school in California. The 6-4, 285-pounder, an Arizona pledge, tells he’ll for sure be taking an official visit to WSU. And he’s got a teammate ready to knock down the front door to get him to join forces with him in Pullman in 2017.

On Tuesday, Mater Dei (California) defensive tackle Austin Faoliu landed his crimson offer from WSU and area recruiter Dave Nichol.

Faoliu admitted he was a little surprised, but also excited because he’s been following the Cougars closely this season and has been watching the current WSU winning streak.

Entering this weekend’s showdown with Cal, Washington State has won seven straight contests, six of which have come in Pac-12 play. This includes wins over Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State -- and most recently Arizona, where Faoliu is committed.

“Oh, I’m liking it a lot,” Faoliu said when asked about WSU’s win streak. “That makes them stick out a bit. I like what the defense is doing at Washington State too. It’s important for the team where I’m going to play for to be winning.”

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Faoliu added that he remains solid with his commitment to Arizona, but will be taking other official visits. This includes WSU, along with Arizona State and Colorado State. He’ll also be tripping to Arizona. None of his official visit dates have been finalized yet.

“I’ll definitely be going up to Washington State,” he said. “I’m still putting that together with my parents, but we’re going to make it happen. They’re recruiting me as a defensive tackle and Coach Nichol said the coaches like my explosiveness and that I’d be a good fit for the defense.”

Helping out in WSU’s recruiting efforts for Faoliu is a Mater Dei teammate -- future Cougar linebacker Faavae Faavae.

Late Wednesday night, Faavae told CF.C he plans to to do whatever it takes to make sure his best friend joins him up in Pullman next fall.

“(I’m) just trying to get him to join the hunt. The Cougs are taking over. I’m going to head to his house every day and make sure he commits," Faavae said.

Having the chance to play with Faavae in college in something that’s also in the back of Faoliu’s mind.

“He’s like my brother,” Faoliu said of Faavae. “He thinks WSU would be a good fit for me as well. They run a good defense and we both would be able to make plays together. That’s what he’s thinking and you know, I wouldn’t mind it.”

Here are more recruiting notes for you

• As mentioned above, the Cougars two most recent known offers have gone to Pac-12 commits. We discussed Faoliu above, but the other prospect is three-star Oregon State running back commit Isaiah Miller. WSU was offer No. 7 for the 5-11, 190-pounder. He also holds tenders from Syracuse, Southern Miss and others.

• Speaking of Florida recruits, WSU defensive back commit Zaire Webb has set his WSU official visit for Nov. 25, per’s Corey Bender. In addition, Webb will also be taking a visit to BYU this weekend.  

• According to national analyst Greg Biggins, WSU is the leader for three-star cornerback Darren Hall. Per Biggins, Hall will be taking his official visit to WSU on Dec. 10. He’s got the Cougars on top over other offers from Colorado, Oregon State, Utah and others.

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• Could San Diego defensive back D'Angelo Gunter land an offer from WSU soon? The three-star prospect told  Biggins this week he’s been in contact with the WSU coaches and they’re showing him plenty of interest.

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