The Washington State Cougars bolstered a position of need when junior college defensive lineman Antonio Tuiava Pule lll announced via Twitter that he intends to sign with Nick Rolovich when the regular signing period begins on Wednesday.
After talking to Coach @NickRolovich. I am blessed and honored to say that I have received a full ride scholarship from WSU. Thanks to the man above for everything he have done for me. I am 110% committing at WSU. God is Good. @MJCFootball @CoachAbbasi @coachZHollis @JUCOFFrenzy pic.twitter.com/SIXQs8K7JL— Antonio Tuiava Pule lll (@akogio_42) February 5, 2020
Very little is known about Pule, who played at Modesto Junior College in California. He lists himself at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, and he’s Samoan — it’s a pretty good bet that the lead recruiter here is defensive tackles coach Ricky Logo.
In 11 games this past season, Pule accumulated 33 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss. As a freshman, he had 23 tackles in nine games with four tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks. It appears he has two years of eligibility remaining and a redshirt year available.
You can check out his highlights below.
The regular signing period gets underway tomorrow, and Pule is one of four players verbally committed who are expected to sign, with wide receiver Mike Pettway and cornerbacks Alphonse Oywak and Chau Smith joining him. WSU already has 17 players signed, which means there are at least three scholarships still available — maybe four, depending on whether FCS transfer Phillip Powell is walking on.