Rated: Sagapolu is currently a three-star prospect and ranked the No.41 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com.
On Film: Olive Sagapolu is part of arguably the state's top defensive line. He's a true nose guard and an ideal fit in a 3-4 scheme but has the size and athleticism to play as a traditional tackle in a 4-3 as well. He's also playing offensive guard this season and has looked very good on that side of the ball but projects best on the defensive line. He's very strong at the point and can take on a double team and still get a push. He uses his hands very well, plays with advanced technique for a HS lineman and has a great motor. He's a tough kid who is more advanced as a run stuffer than a pass rusher right now but has a very nice upside at the next level. – National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins.
Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin entered the 2015 recruiting cycle wanting to get two defensive tackles to boost the depth at the position, which had taken a hit after last season (losing Beau Allen and Bryce Gilbert) and would continue to be thinned out with Warren Herring and DE/NT Konrad Zagzebski graduating after this season.
Wisconsin went big and targeted Concord (CA) De La Salle’s Kahlil McKenzie, but couldn’t overcome the family connection with McKenzie’s dad having gone to Tennessee. The Badgers also went after Breiden Fehoko, Elijah Taylor, Bryce English and others, but kept striking out with high targets.
That’s not to say Wisconsin struck out with Sagapolu and Pago Pago (AS) Leone senior Elu Aydon on Monday, as both are big, talented, athletic bodies that will be a big boost for the Badgers’ defensive line. Unless some major prospect suddenly wants to commit to Wisconsin, the Badgers are done at nose tackle.
Quotable: “My relationship with Coach Chad is good. It is that Polynesian love I think. Polynesians are close and I think that is what we have. I believe that he has that Ohana spirit and that is something I like.”
Final Thought: Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen and the assistants he brought with him from Utah and Utah State continue to milk their West Coast connections for all they are worth. Getting two prospects from Mater Dei high school is a huge score for the Badgers in this recruiting cycle and moving forward.
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