Washington State has added to its impressive linebacker corps with the addition of Fa’avae Fa’avae, who signed his national letter of intent today.
Fa’avae hails from Santa Ana, California, and will graduate from Mater Dei High School in the spring. He missed his senior season after suffering an off-season knee injury, but had a handful of scholarship offers, including Louisville, Boise State, and Arizona State.
Fa’avae committed to the Cougars back in October on the air of the Petros and Money Show, a sports show on AM 570 LA. The Carson College of Business, the rise of Washington State football in the Pac-12, and the opportunity to play as a freshman is what lured Fa’avae to Pullman as he mentioned all three during his interview.
Fa’avae is ranked as a 3-star recruit across the board. He’s listed as 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds and certainly will bulk up if he’s expecting to see playing time in 2017. Fortunately, Washington State’s linebacker/defensive end group is one of the its strongest positions, so Fa’avae will learn a lot just from watching the likes of Peyton Pelluer, Hercules Mata’afa, and Nnamdi Oguayo in practice and in the weight room.
Great burst at the line of scrimmage. Plays well physically through blockers, good technique on rip move to remove blockers’ hands. Very fast as a speed rusher. Above average closing speed, aggressive at point of attack with a ball-hawking mentality. Redirects quickly and effectively. Disruptive at line of scrimmage and in offensive backfield, will remain to be seen how he plays in the second level.
- Jesse Cassino
Rivals - ★★★
Scout - ★★★
247 Sports - ★★★
ESPN - ★★★
Position - OLB
Hometown - Santa Ana, CA
Height - 6-foot-1
Weight - 210 pounds