Offensive lineman Frederick Mauigoa -- thought by one recruiting service to be a four-star talent -- became the latest in a long line of Samoan football players to pledge to attend Washington State when he faxed in his national letter of intent this morning.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Mauigoa is a composite three-star recruit who is the top prospect from American Samoa. He chose WSU over Oregon State.
There had been some mystery as to where the large human from The Rock would choose to attend college, as he kept his recruitment quiet even as he took official trips to WSU and OSU on back-to-back weekends. He was always thought to be a WSU lean throughout the process, owing to WSU coach Joe Salave'a's track record of landing players from American Samoa, particularly those from Tafuna High School, where Salave'a's brother is the coach.
Still, it wasn't a sure thing, as Mauigoa waited until signing day to make his choice. The WSU coaches surely are ecstatic to land the player that could be the crown jewel offensive lineman of the Cougars' 2016 class.
A really intriguing prospect, with the type of raw athleticism we've seen from other recruits from The Rock. He's very athletic for his size with really good feet. Leach typically goes for "flat-belly" big offensive lineman and Mauigoa fits that mold. He shows good drive in the run game and has the quickness to stay in front in pass pro. He's got a lot of raw talent, which at this stage means his floor is a lot higher than other guys and a little polish on technique could make him a great player.
Rivals -- ★★★
Scout -- ★★★
247 Sports -- ★★★★
ESPN -- ★★★
Position -- OL
Hometown -- Pago Pago, AS
Height -- 6'5
Weight -- 295