The effect will be felt more in the uncommitted targets WSU is pursuing, as opposed to those who have already gone crimson.
WSU uses a group recruiting approach, and Salave'a most definitely lent an "assist" on some Cougars on the commit list. But as near as we can tell, he ran the point on only one of the Cougs' 22 known commits: Idaho DE/RUSH Aisa Kelemete (pictured above).
Kelemete told CF.C via text on Tuesday that Big Joe's departure has him rethinking his pledge to Washington State.
"It does change things, I have a bond with that coach that I didn't have with any other coach. I am taking a visit to Boise State," said Kelemete.
Kelemete, following his Dec. 9 official visit to Pullman, flipped his commitment to WSU from Boise State. But it sounds like BSU will now get another bite at the apple.
Kelemete didn't answer all the questions we texted him, including whether he had heard from WSU since the news on Salave'a to Oregon broke. He did say he talked to Salave'a yesterday but didn't go into detail on what the conversation was about.
"IDK (I don't know) I guess we will see," said Kelemete when asked if he thought there could now be some interest coming his way from Oregon.
AS FOR THE uncommitted WSU targets, Salave'a had been running the recruiting point for WSU on three out of Hawaii on the Wazzu visit list: LB Isaac Slade-Matautia, DT Miki Suguturaga and OL Mo Unutoa.
Slade-Matautia is a 4-star prospect while Suguturaga and Unutoa are rated three stars. Suguturaga is scheduled to visit WSU this weekend, with Slade-Matautia coming to town on Jan. 20. Unutoa visited WSU on Dec. 9.
Slade-Matautia is reported to have a final five of WSU, Oregon, ASU, Colorado and Nebraska. Unotoa is deciding between WSU, Utah, BYU, Oregon State and Virginia. Suguturaga hasn't officially narrowed his list but is thought to be deciding between WSU and Utah.