Is a Pac-12 battle royale brewing for Cougs with Hawaii 3-star DL prospect Miki Suguturaga? We think so

BEFORE JOE SALAVE'A flew back to Washington State for the Cougars' Saturday bowl practice and official visit weekend, he had an in-home visit with 3-star DL prospect Miki Suguturaga (6-5, 260). Our take after talking to Suguturaga? Get ready for a Pac-12 recruiting battle royale.

Suguturaga had in-homes with both Washington State and Utah this week before flying out Thursday for an official visit to Virginia. 

We weren’t able to talk long with Suguturaga (he was about to catch his flight) and other schools could easily be in play for him. But our gut feel was that a potential recruiting scrum between WSU and Utah might be looming, and one that could go down to the wire. 

Suguturaga will officially visit WSU on Jan. 13, followed by Utah on Jan. 27.   Signing Day is Feb. 1.

As far as recruiting edges go between WSU and Utah, Wazzu has Salave'a. The Cougars’ defensive line coach has won a lot of recruiting battles when it comes to Polynesian players (and especially those in American Samoa where he’s a rock star). 

But Utah has its own edge when it comes to Suguturaga: family connections.

“Coach Joe Salave'a is very friendly and I feel like I could talk to him about anything,” said Suguturaga. “Washington State is just a good school in general, I know that ... I'm excited to go visit there and see what Pullman is like.

“With Utah, my cousin is there Filipo Mokofisi and so is my uncle … I like the academics and how they work. And their APR is really high. It's really interesting to me.”  (the uncle, Filipo Mokofisi Sr., was a first-team All-WAC linebacker for Utah in the 80s).

Suguturaga, out of Punahou School, is listed as a DE on but has lots of room to potentially grow into a DT-type in college, with most schools recruiting him as a multi-positional defensive lineman.

Suguturaga, who comes across as exceedingly polite on the phone, said he didn’t have a leader as much as he was simply honored to be offered by various schools. His list of offers is lengthy and includes five Pac-12 schools: WSU, Utah, Colorado, Oregon State and ASU.

Suguturaga said he thinks he’ll have a “gut feeling” between now and Signing Day.

“They’re all really good schools and visiting them will give me a better insight on how everything works,” said Suguturaga.

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