The Washington State Cougars have received a verbal commitment from a big time defensive lineman, Feaomoengalu (Ngalu) Tapa, out of Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.
Tapa is the second commit to come out of Burbank High School, the other being running back/receiver Calvin Green. Tapa, 6’3″ 275 lbs, is a very physical and tough lineman that the Cougars will be able to utilize.
Coming off the line Tapa is a very physical player. He has the abilities to knock over the offensive lineman or at least get him off balance and make pursuing the ball a lot easier. The height of Tapa makes his wing span huge and the combination of his strength and size it makes it really easy for him to take down anyone that comes close to him.
We all know that having quick feet is one of the best characteristics that a lineman can have. Tapa has the quick feet that coaches look for. He plays the outside on a four front and has the capabilities to rush outside and switch inside if needed or vice versa.
Another thing I noticed while watching Tapa’s film was that he was fast. He was easily able to catch up to the ball carrier if he managed to get by Tapa. With very good agility to go along with his speed it makes it even easier to get to the ball. Tapa is able to jump over downed players and navigate his way down the field all while maintaining very good balance.
Tapa is a very good pass rusher, something that the Cougars have been decent at so far this season. With the addition of Tapa and other incoming defensive lineman the Cougar defense only looks to improve in years to come.