'Zona d-tackle shows WSU the love

WASHINGTON STATE is in early on a relentless d-tackle out of Arizona who -- from what college coaches are telling him -- could be in line for a number of scholarship offers this year. The 6-2.5, 260 pounder received his second offer, from WSU, late last week. He also leaves little doubt about his feelings of possibly donning the crimson and gray, saying; "I would love to go to Washington State."

Zeb Togiai says WSU assistant Greg Peterson, who offered the d-lineman as the May Evaluation period wound up, is high up on his list of college coaches.

"Coach Peterson is a really good guy, and he's straight with me. He tells me a lot of truth, tells me the things I need to work on and what I need to do to get better. I really like him," said Togiai.

At the Scout.com combine in Los Angeles, Togiai was among those who stood out according to West Coast Analyst Brandon Huffman.

"He did very well and was an all-combine choice. He definitely looks like a player, and still has the frame to put good weight on, he looks like a DE right now. He's pretty athletic, too," said Huffman.

Arizona is the other school to have offered.

"U of A wants me at d-end, Washington State wants me at d-tackle," said Togiai.

WHILE TOGIAI is a ways away from making a decision or even beginning to slot his leaders, he said WSU is among the schools who have made a strong early impression.

"I have a lot of family up there in that area," said Togiai. "I would love to go to Washington State."

TOGIAI SAID there is a large number of schools holding back offering a scholarship until they see his academic progress from last term. Included in that group are ASU, Cal, Oregon State, Colorado and Fresno State.

"There's been so many coaches calling me," he said. "They've been telling me they want to offer me but they want to wait until my grades come out. I did really good this semester but they haven't got those grades yet because they just came out. I think highly of Arizona because of how they trusted me to bring my grades up...But I am going to keep everybody equal right now."

This week, Togiai will be participating in camps at Arizona and Northern Arizona. He's been to Colorado's junior day and took an unofficial to UCLA "for just a little bit".

"(Sunday) I just got back from the ASU camp and I went to the junior day there. ASU is coming after me pretty strong," said Togiai.

Apart from that, his summer schedule could include a camp stop at Cal and/or Fresno State but Togiai said he won't be hitting the circuit full force. Instead, his focus will be on his summer school courses and continuing to bolster his GPA.

"I also want to give my teammates a little love for doing so well in the recruiting process -- Allante Battle, Luke Matthews, Steven Figueroa and Devon Kennard. Battle, a speed merchant who scalded the track in winning four state titles last month, also holds an offer from Washington State. Look for a CF.C feature article on Battle soon.

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