Cougs offer Hawaiian hitter

ATHLETIC AND FAST, he's also fearless, throwing himself into opponents regardless of size differential. A rising safety prospect from Hawaii, he just received an offer from WSU post- May Evaluation period. And something to keep in mind, Paul Wulff is bringing in the Polynesian players to Pullman, just as he did over his tenure at Eastern.

And as has been well chronicled on CF.C, Hawaii has become one of those ancillary recruiting areas that have become a clear focus for Wulff now that he's at Washington State.

Jeremy Ioane (5-11, 188, 4.54) out of Honolulu's Punahou High shot up the crimson recruiting board this spring and now holds a WSU offer. Recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen is running the point.

"I really started to hear from Washington State a couple weeks ago," said Ioane.

Ioane hits hard -- sometimes too hard. Indeed, he said that on a couple occasions this past season, when he threw himself into some bigger bodies, he actually knocked himself out of a couple games last year. Still, he dished out more than he got in return.

"What the coach said to me, coach Razz, was that he liked my film and they way I hustle on the field and my effort. He liked how I threw myself out there," said Ioane.

IOANE, WHO ALSO holds a Stanford offer, could potentially grow into a linebacker but for now looks to be a safety at the next level. He doesn't plan on any unofficial trips this summer to the mainland, saying he expects he'll take his official visits and make a decision after the season.

Other schools in the mix include UW, Colorado and Oregon, with Ioane saying the Huskies in particular look like they might be close to making an offer.

"I like the (Pac-10) conference," said Ioane.

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  • Wulff signed three players of Polynesian descent this past recruiting class, DE/DT Jordan Pu'u-Robinson out of Wailuku, Hawaii, LB Sekope Kaufusi from Woodside, California and DB Asi Hosea of Salt Lake City. A fourth, JC transfer TE Peter Tuitupou, left WSU in January after deciding to go on a Mormon mission.

  • At Eastern, Wulff produced a number of standout, game-changing Polynesian players over his tenure, some of whom included Harrison Nikolao, Toke Kefu and Jason Belford.

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