Cougs making a point with California beef

PAUL WULFF HAS shown a proclivity for recruiting defensive end/left tackle/tight end types. This early stage of the 2011 talent wars is illustrating again how serious he is about landing those big-framed, athletic kids with the potential to play multiple positions. Washington State has been the first Pac-10 school to offer scholies to a host California prep seniors-to-be who fit the Wulff profile.

Among them, the most intriguing is perhaps 245-pound Stephan Nembot of Montclair Prep in Van Nuys. He's intriguing for three reasons: He hails from the west-central African republic of Cameroon; he came to the U.S. to play basketball; and he stands 6-foot-8.

Washington State was the first school of any kind to offer the big defensive end. "... the head coach Paul Wulff came by during the winter and told my coach he was offering," Nembot recently told's Brandon Huffman. "I was amazed that he would give me an offer. Especially as new as I was (to the game)."

Nembot had dreamed of following his countrymen, Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, to UCLA to play basketball. With his athleticism and size, he was encouraged turn out for football at Montclair, too. "And now I've got a future in football," he told Huffman. "After I was told I could just hit the quarterback that made me really like it."

So far, he has offers from WSU and Arizona State, but expects more to come.

WSU also was the first Pac-10 school to offer other promising Californian defensive end and tackle types with the potential to play more than one position. That list includes:

  • Dylan Wynn (6-2, 235) of Concord's De La Salle High. He also holds offers from Oregon State, Oklahoma State and Cal Poly. Rated 4 stars by

  • Robert Ash (6-3, 245) of Cosummes Oaks High in Elk Grove near Sacramento. He also has offers from Washington, Oregon State, Boise State and Cal Poly. Rated 3 stars by Plays defensive end but may project as a guard or center.

  • Faigame Lopa (6-2, 245) of Grant High in Sacramento. He also has offers from Washington, Arizona and San Diego State. Lopa hails from the same high school as 2010 WSU signee Devontae Butler-Booker. Lopa is one of four Grant seniors-to-be who already have been offered by WSU. The others are DT Viliami Moala, (6-3.5, 330), LB Darryl Paulo (6-3, 240), and FS James Sample.

  • Nathan Falo (6-1, 305) of Inderkum High in Sacramento. He also has offers from Oregon State and Cal Poly, with Boise State believed to be offering soon. A standout on both sides of the ball.

  • Cody Temple (6-3, 285) of Liberty High in Bakersfield. WSU is his only known offer so far. Posted 109 tackles and 7 sacks last season en route to All-State Underclass honors. Plays both ways, and also is a standout on the track team, throwing the shot and discus.

    Mind you, these are just the known offers WSU has made for these types of kids down California way. From it all, two conclusions are to be gleaned. First, that Wulff and his staff on burning the midnight oil in their evaluations and wasting no time in making offers. And second, that Wulff is mindful of the old recruiting adage that kids tend to remember the schools that show them the love early.

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