RECRUITING: WSU makes top 4 for massive DT with more than 20 offers

FOR ALL THE WSU fans who like to see the large d-tackles go crimson, a big one could be on the way. Check that, a massive one. Out of the JUCO ranks, a 6-3, 315-pound DT has hauled in more than 20 offers, but has announced his top four. And one of those teams to make the cut was WSU. We’ve got that and more in this recruiting notebook.

Will it be Washington State for Copiah-Lincoln CC’s Jonathan Lolohea

Over the weekend, the defensive tackle prospect out of Mississippi announced a top four of Washington State, Kansas State, TCU and Kansas.

Lolohea held 21 total scholarships before releasing his top four schools. Among the programs not to make his top list included Oregon State, Arizona, Colorado, Louisville, Maryland, Fresno State and others. 

The Cougs extended an offer to the JC prospect on March 24. Since then, he's added seven additional tenders, but it’s clear WSU has remained in close contact with Lolohea and have made it known he’s high on their board. 

Just take a look at all the hand-written letters members of the staff sent him last month.

For those wondering why the Cougs traveled all the way to Mississippi to recruit the touted DT prospect, he actually spent last season at Los Angeles Valley College, so WSU undoubtedly first laid eyes on him while he was in California. 

Lolohea, a Hawaiian native, is scheduled to graduate in December and enroll at his college of choice in January. He has three years to play two. 

You can check out his freshman highlights in the video below:

Here are some more recruiting notes for you

• Speaking of JC recruiting, in case you missed it, CF.C had this piece breaking down WSU’s recruiting efforts in that department last week. You can get all caught up with that here.

• Another 2018 prospect for Cougar fans to keep an eye on is 6-3, 228-pound ATH Matthew Tago. The Californian prospect told Scout’s Bronco County (Boise State site) that he’s planning on taking an unofficial visit to WSU sometime this summer. The date for that trip is yet to be determined. Tago, ranked the No. 49 ATH in the country, will also visit BSU and Colorado. 

•As for four-star receiver Andre Hunt, he told Scout National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins that WSU is among the four schools he has the best relationship with right now. Checking in at 6-0, 175-pounds, Hunt is ranked the No. 59 WR in the nation. 

“The one who offered me was Coach (Roy) Manning,” Hunt told Biggins. “I really haven’t talked to him in a long time, but I really like everything. Gabe Marks, I used to watch him when he was there. I really liked how they used him. I have big interest in them.”

Hunt is eyeing a summer decision. We’ll see if he takes an unofficial visit to the Palouse before pulling the trigger. 

• Over the weekend, the Cougars extended an offer to class of 2019 DE Troy Fautanu, out of Henderson, Nevada. Fautanu also holds offers from Oregon State, Hawaii, UNLV, BYU and Utah. 

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