BREAKING NEWS: Cougs land relentless DT

PERHAPS NO GREATER position of need exists this recruiting class than at defensive line. And the Cougs also need guys who can earn playing time and contribute this coming season in '08. Tripping to Washington State this past weekend, receiving an offer and verbally committing to WSU was a junior college defensive tackle known for his relentless pursuit, speed and making tackles all over the field.

Josh Luapo, originally out of Torrance High and more recently by way of Los Angeles Harbor College, has gone crimson and gray.

"I committed to Washington State," said Luapo. "You get that one feeling inside and I've been praying about it a lot -- coming from the West Coast, it's a kid's dream to play in the Pac-10...I had a trip set up for San Jose State, and Louisiana Lafayette and New Mexico State and they had all offered."

WSU assistant Steve Broussard ran the recruiting point for the Cougs on Luapo.

"When I committed, it was the running backs coach who told me they were going to offer me and he was pretty excited," said Luapo.

Luapo is not a tall d-tackle, and is similar in size to Fevaea'i Ahmu. Luapo stands 6-foot and weighs 295 pounds. But Washington State saw something in him.

"They liked my size and how I can move," said Luapo. "I have good speed for my size and they liked how I attacked the ball and would get that motor going. I make tackles downfield too, when a lot of the time d-linemen won't even be chasing the play down the field.

Luapo has 3 to play 2 for the Cougs.

He becomes the eighth known verbal commitment to Washington State for the Cougars' 2008 class.

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