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Future Cougar and 3-star LB commit Faavae Faavae blown away by WSU official; dishes on other visitors Blake Barnett, Carmoni Green

IF YOU THOUGHT the outcome of Friday’s Apple Cup might put a damper on Faavaa Faavae’s official to Washington State, you’re surely mistaken. The three-star linebacker out of Santa Ana, Calif., tells Cougfan.com his official visit to the Palouse couldn’t have gone any better. And what about the other two prospects on hand this weekend?

Pictured above L-R: Carmoni Green, Bill Moos, Faavae Faavae.

Yes, the Cougars turned in a disappointing showing in Friday’s regular season finale, but that didn’t dampen one bit Faavae's enthusiasm for all things Cougars.

The 6-1, 210-pounder out of Mater Dei High was still on a high following his trip to the Palouse, telling CF.C on Sunday afternoon that it was definitely an experience to remember.

“Man, my trip to WSU was everything I could ask for and even more,” he said. “I had a great time and really enjoyed it all. I know they lost, but that didn’t affect anything. I knew what I was going up there for. The loss doesn’t change anything. I’m happy with my decision (to go to WSU).”

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FAAVAE ALSO SPENT plenty of time with Alabama quarterback transfer Blake Barnett and wide receiver Carmoni Green, who were also in Pullman on official visits to Wazzu.

“I could tell they really loved their trip as well,” Faavae said. “I was trying to get them to commit over the weekend, and even though they didn’t, they said WSU is one of their top choices right now. 

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“I’m also still working on my friend (Arizona DT commit) Austin Faoliu. I’ve been talking with him a lot and he’ll be taking his official visit to WSU after the season is over. That visit will be coming in the next couple of weeks probably.”

FAAVAE ARRIVED TO Pullman on Thursday (Thanksgiving) and quickly got a tour of the new facilities and football operations building. Then, he and his parents had a one-on-one sit down with head man Mike Leach.

“He was straight up with us,” Faavae said. “He told me that WSU is a great place and that it’s a lot different than Cali, but that I could excel with opportunities here that are not limited to just football. We spoke about Jack Thompson, Paul Allen and other WSU alums. Jeremiah Allison is still there too and he was giving me tips as well. He loves it out there.”

Faavae committed to WSU over tenders from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Louisville and others.

He was hosted by WSU linebacker Frankie Luvu.

“After the game on Friday, I went with him (Luvu) to go hang out with Shalom (Luani), Robert (Barber) and some of the other guys. They were letting me know that I can come in and compete for some early playing time. WSU is a team on the rise and things are only going to go up from here.”

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