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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Faoliu pledges to Washington State

By Erik McKinney

Washington State continues to excel in the junior college ranks with the 2013 recruiting class, as the Cougars added a commitment from defensive end Lyman Faoliu (San Mateo, Calif./College of San Mateo) on Thursday. Assistant head coach Tim Tulloch said an official visit for the Apple Cup and the experience with several players on the roster played a big role for the 6-foot-2, 275-pound lineman.

"Lyman's big thing was the family feel," Tulloch said. "He comes from a great family and that was his No. 1 thing. He wanted it to be the right fit."

During his visit, Faoliu had an opportunity to spend time with Washington State linebacker Justin Sagote, who also attended College of San Mateo and did a terrific job recruiting his former teammate. But ultimately, it was Faoliu's decision to make.

"He feels like it's a great opportunity for him," Tulloch said. "He felt like they have something special going on there and he wants to be a part of it and help build it. He really liked the direction it was going."

Faoliu also appreciated the opportunity to play in the Pac-12 and the ability to work in a 3-4 defense. He'll be slotted in at the 5-technique in Washington State's defense and will have a chance to learn from defensive line coach Joe Salave'a -- whom Tulloch credits heavily for doing a tremendous job in recruiting Faoliu.

Faoliu will sign his letter of intent on Dec. 19 and have three years to play two for the Cougars. He gives Washington State 20 verbal commitments in the 2013 recruiting class, including three junior college prospects. He also is getting to work on teammate Sione Sina. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end had an official visit to Utah scheduled for this weekend, but now he will take an official visit to Washington State instead.