Recruiting is anything but wrapped up on the Washington State campus, but things will be pretty quiet this weekend, save for one versatile 6’1, 240 lbs inside linebacker getting the full pampering as he trips to Pullman. Xavier Ulutu is the only listed visitor these next couple days and one has to think the coaches are holding nothing back in trying to secure his services.
There aren’t any inside backers on the commitment list anymore, after 4-star backer Chandler Leniu decommitted and looks to be choosing between Cal and Fresno State at this point, with WSU fading into the rear-view. So this is a big deal for the Cougars to sew up Ulutu. He’s deciding right now between WSU, Fresno State, Boise State and Colorado State, with the first two being in the best positions to land him.
If you want to really get excited about a potential Cougar prospect, take a look at this kid’s Senior highlight package on Hudl. That, ladies and gentlemen, is as impressive as you will find from the inside linebacker position in high school and looked every bit as impressive as the aforementioned Leniu. It is tough to imagine why the two are nearly 40 spots and a star apart in the Scout rankings. Can you imagine Darryl Monroe with a Ulutu, Peyton Pelluer rotation on the inside? If you forgot about Pelluer’s ability by the way, take a rewind to his senior highlight package.
Pelluer, of course has already been on campus and impressing coaches for a season and there’s no reason to believe he won’t be playing a whole lot in 2014, maybe even starting. But again, can you imagine adding Ulutu and just keeping those three fresh throughout a game? That would be special. And that doesn’t take into account that Tana Pritchard or Chester Su’a have a shot at moving inside as well, assuming Su’a comes back from his plague of injury and contributes at the high level we were so excited about after his freshman season.
At any rate, CougCenter put together a beautiful list of what all is going on in the Cougar 2014 class on the official visits front yesterday, so I’ll simply defer to that when talking other visits to keep an eye on from potential Cougs going elsewhere. We should have more on the rumors and predictions front tomorrow though, so stay tuned to ACU as the weekend continues to unfold.