Cougs do battle with UW for Hawaiian DT

WASHINGTON STATE HAS had two in-home visits with Semisi Tokolahi, not too small a thing when you consider that he's from Hilo, Hawaii -- that means the Cougars traveled out to the Islands on two different occasions to sit down with the d-tackle over the 20 day in-home visit period in December. The defensive player of the year in his league talks recruiting, WSU, official visits and more.

DT Semisi Tokolahi, (6-3, 290)   
Hilo, Hawaii; Hilo High

Where he is in his recruiting process:
"I've never been to the mainland. And I give respect to these coaches, being a coach is not easy. And recruiting nowadays, it's tough. As for my decision making, I've never been to the mainland, I've committed verbally to UW but I want to see what these other colleges have to offer," said Tokolahi.

General thought on Washington State:
"Washington State, I love that it's a smaller school and that they're on me on academics. And they invested all that money in coming down here and visiting me as well," said Tokolahi.

On the in-home visits in December:
"Washington State came down two different times. Coach (Rich) Rasmussen. He's a very good guy, I've heard a lot of great things from him...(UW assistant) Johnny Nansen, the first time he came out was last year when he was at Idaho...and he's come out once (since December)...Oregon State, I had two different coaches come down in a short period of time," said Tokolahi.

General thought on Washington:
"Washington, there's a lot of history behind coach (Steve) Sarkisian. Even though Washington was doing bad last year, when Sarkisian comes in, it would give me a better chance of playing because it's a new program and a better foundation as well," said Tokolahi.

General thought on Oregon State:
"Their having two coaches come over showed me how much they cared, that they invested that money and time in visiting me," said Tokolahi.

Depth chart:
"Washington State told me I could play early. So did UW. I haven't had a chance to hear it from the other two," said Tokolahi.

On Washington State and academics:
"They're about school, too. And I like that, you don't just go to school to play football, you go there academically," said Tokolahi.

The book on Tokolahi:
"They've said I have a great motor. When I hit that pile, it moves. The trenches are the best place to play, I love the trenches because it's a non-stop nasty place," said Tokolahi.

Visit dates:
Tokolahi said he will officially visit Washington State on Jan. 9, head to Oregon State on Jan. 16, go to Washington on Jan. 23 and take a trip to Colorado on Jan. 30.

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