If Washington State was hot on the recruiting trail during the last two weeks, the Cougars have reached combustible levels now. WSU added four, yes four verbal commitments on Tuesday, making it 10 commitments since the calendar turned to December. The haul on Tuesday includes junior college safety Shalom Luani, linebacker Kyahva Tezino, linebacker Logan Tago and offensive lineman Amosa Sakaria.
It's an impressive haul and makes six verbals in the last three days.
Shalom Lunai, safety, City College of San Francisco
Luani is an impressive athlete who could make an immediate impact in the WSU secondary next season. Rivals lists him at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. He's ranked as a 4-star prospect by Scout and 247Sports while Rivals pegs him as a 3-star recruit. He originally committed to Oregon State, but WSU was able to flip that commitment. 247Sports is especially high on him, ranking him as the No. 13 JUCO prospect and the No. 1 JUCO safety.
Originally from American Samoa, Luani is a member of the American Samoa national soccer team. Yes, the senior squad. He's had some success on the international level too with a pair of goals, including one in a 2-1 win against Tonga. He's not too bad at this football thing either. He's fast, physical and certainly looks the part of a Pac-12 safety. In addition to WSU, Rivals reports offers from Illinois and Oregon State.
Kyahva Tezino, linebacker, Bishop Mora Salesian High School, Los Angeles
A consensus 4-star recruit, Tezino becomes one of the most-heralded recruits in WSU's 2015 class. His offer list is long and impressive with Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Miami, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin among teams he spurned.
Tezino tripped to WSU for the Apple Cup, and the new football operations building was one of his selling points. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Tezino projects as an outside linebacker. He may be a little lighter than that, as he was listed at 192 pounds during the summer. Tezino plays downhill in the run game, but looks good in coverage to my eye. Derrell Warren thought the same thing when he evaluated him during the summer for SB Nation:
Tezino is an impressive and versatile coverage linebacker who displays a ton of promise at this phase of the game. He gets tremendous depth in his zone drops and flashes good vision and awareness out in space. On film, he often flexes outside the box and lines up in press man against slot receivers. He's better in these situations when he stays physical and knocks the receiver off his route, as he'll give up separation at the break point of the route at times.
In the instances in which he gets targeted, he gets his head around, quickly locating the ball. You'll often see him adjust his frame and attack the ball in the air faster than the offensive player. He's a great finisher, as well, flashing soft hands as he's able to reach outside of his frame and make interceptions.
He also played some running back in high school, but it appears he's destined for the defensive side of the ball in Pullman.
Logan Tago, linebacker, Pago Pago American Samoa
Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch ($) reports Tago and Sakaria were longtime silent commits. Once again the work of Joe Salave'a who recruits the American Samoa better than any coach in the country. Not all of the recruiting services have information on Tago, but Scout ranks him as a 3-star prospect with reported offers from Colorado, Hawaii and Washington.
At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Tago has great size for an outside linebacker prospect. He has a long frame and stands out on film. Think Vince Mayle at linebacker. In fact, Tago played some wide receiver too.
Amosa Sakaria, guard, Pago Pago American Samoa
There is even less information available on Sakaria. He's listed at 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds. His coach told Cougfan he expects Sakaria to play guard for WSU.
"Amosa is just powerful, he just dominated people at the line of scrimmage... I know he's going to be an inside guy for them at guard... he's a real aggressive guy and a smart kid. He's also a real humble kid, going to do exactly what he's coached to do."
He had an offer from Hawaii, but isn't ranked by any of the recruiting services.
With the four players in the fold, WSU now has 22 verbal commitments in the 2015 class. They should have room to take a full class of 25 leaving a couple spots still to fill. WSU now sits at No. 30 in the Rivals team rankings. There is still a lot of time between now and signing day, but WSU is trending in a great direction.