Official visits are a huge part of college football recruiting. While some players commit without having visited a school, many wait until after they've taken their official visits. WSU didn't host any players on official visits last week, but a few prospects will be in Pullman this week.
Getting a player on campus doesn't mean they'll ultimately commit. Instead, it's a sign the player is either interested enough in WSU to use one of his official visits, or he's just looking to have a fun weekend. Either way, according to Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com, Zaire Andre, Josh Boyd, Sean Krepsz, Jeff Farrar and Chandler Leniu will be visiting. According to CougFan, Ainuu Taua will also be in Pullman.
Ainuu Taua, 4-star defensive tackle, Lompoc, Calif.
The highest-rated of the six players visiting, Taua holds offers from seven Pac-12 teams, according to Rivals. For what it's worth, Britton reported on Thursday that Taua was scheduled to visit on Oct. 12. CougFan lists him among this week's visitors, so I guess we'll have to wait and see. EDIT: After some more research, Britton is now also saying Taua is in town this week.
Rivals rates Taua as the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 10 prospect in the state of California. A 6-foot-1 and 270 pounds, Taua could play several spots along the defensive line. If he stays at that size, he could fit at Xavier Cooper's defensive end spot. Add some weight and maybe he plays the defensive tackle spot. If he really grows, he could also potentially play nose tackle.
Here are his junior year highlights and some video from him at an Under Armor camp.
Jeff Farrar, 3-star wide receiver/athlete, Upland, Calif.
Farrar is verbally committed to Virginia, but is apparently still checking out other options. He holds an impressive offer sheet, which includes six Pac-12 schools. He verbally committed to Virginia in early August and took a visit to Utah last week. At 6-foot and 194 pounds, Farrar likely projects as an outside receiver in WSU's offense. Here are some highlights.
Zaire Andre, 3-star wide receiver, Inglewood Calif.
The only player of the six visitors who is currently verbally committed to WSU. Andre committed in late May although he's reportedly planning to take other visits. He said he was solid to WSU, but wanted to "see other stuff and enjoy the whole process."
Andre could play either inside or outside for the Cougars. Here is Kyle's evaluation from May and Andre's junior year highlights.
Sean Krepsz, 3-star offensive lineman, Riverside Calif.
At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Krepsz has the size Mike Leach and Co. look for in offensive line recruits. The coaching staff likes massive linemen and while he's not Cody O'Connell, Krepsz is still a large individual. He doesn't have a ton of offers with Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah State among the other teams who've offered. His highlights can be found on his hudl page.
Chandler Leniu, 3-star linebacker, Bellflower, Calif.
Leniu plays for St. John Bosco High School which has produced a ton of FBS talent. He was named Trinity League Defensive Player of the Year last season, racking up 162 tackles. Iowa State. Kansas, Nevada and TCU are among his other offers. I'm a little surprised that list isn't a little longer. At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, he has good size for high school middle linebacker. He shows off some good instincts in his highlights and isn't a slouch athletically. WSU doesn't have a ton of depth at inside linebacker and Leniu looks like he would be a very good addition.
Josh Boyd, 2-star running back, Norcross, Georgia
The only one of the six visitors not from California. Boyd has a ton of offers, although mostly from lower-level FBS teams. Syracuse is the biggest offer in addition to WSU. Earlier this month, Boyd said The Cougars and Syracuse were in his top two.
Boyd's high school team recently played in a nationally televised game and that's how the Cougars became aware of him. WSU offered shortly after. His brother is a cornerback for Duke. Boyd's hightlights on hudl are private.
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