WSU recruiting: For Cougar DT target Miki Suguturaga one thing counts most; CF.C talks to 3-star prospect out of Hawaii

THE MORE RECRUITING changes the more it stays the same, at least in one respect. One of the Cougs’ defensive tackle targets this recruiting cycle is 3-star prospect Miki Suguturaga, a 6-5, 260-pounder out of Honolulu’s Punahou School. And out of all the truisms in recruiting, the one that has endured over the years is one that applies directly to Suguturaga.

Mom’s opinion counts most.

“I take her opinion very strongly. My mom, she’ll be a big influence on where I decide to go,” Suguturaga told CF.C.

Suguturaga has Pac-12 offers from WSU, Utah, Colorado, Oregon State and ASU plus a host of others. He said he has no leader.

We asked Suguturaga who he’d talked to most over the holidays and he listed, including Washington State and area recruiter Joe Salave'a along with Utah, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Army. 

Suguturaga also told CF.C that the plan at the moment is for him to go on his Mormon mission straight out of high school.

SUGUTURAGA IS SCHEDULED to officially visit Washington State a week from Friday on Jan. 13, followed by Utah on Jan. 27.   His cousin, Filipo Mokofisi, will be a senior at Utah next season and uncle Filipo Mokofisi Sr. was a first-team All-WAC linebacker for Utah in the 80s.  Suguturaga said he may also take a trip to a school, as yet undecided, on the Jan. 20 weekend. He has already officially tripped to Virginia.

During his visit to Wazzu, Suguturaga said he’ll be keenly interested to spend time with the Cougar players and get a feel for the routine of being a student-athlete at Washington State.

“I think it will be a great experience to check out Pullman,” said Suguturaga.

Suguturaga 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-position defensive lineman.

He is rated the No. 18 DE prospect in the West on

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