WSU visit dazzles 4-star verbal Toki, mom

THOMAS TOKI

THERE'S AN old college football adage that says when it comes to trying to predict recruiting, no one's opinion counts more than mom's. If that turns out to be the case for WSU verbal and 4-star defensive lineman Thomas Toki, the Cougars are in great shape.

Thomas Toki and his mom spent four days in and around Pullman last week, including the spring game in Spokane. Toki, out of Mountain View, Calif., said his time spent on the Washington State campus, with the players and with the Cougar coaches, had a decided effect on both he and his mother.

"She wants me to go there," said Toki, a 6-1, 292-pounder out of St. Francis High. "She wants to go watch. She feels I'll be in great hands in the four years I'll be over there."

And Toki?

"My commitment now is really strong… I'm happy that I committed here, I can't wait to be up here and to join the family here," said Toki. "I'm blessed to be part of his program."

Toki was referring to Mike Leach, whom he met in person for the first time while on his unofficial visit to WSU.

"We shook hands and he took me to his office. He told me straight - he looked me in the eyes and told me I'm the type of player that they need to build up their program. My mom was really very happy. And I was too," said Toki.

TOKI AND MOM naturally spent a lot of time with future d-line coach Joe Salave'a over the weekend.

"That was great, we talked a lot and watched some film... They're all excited for me to come up there, we had a really good time, we sat down with my mom… it was just great."

On Friday, Toki hung out with Toni Pole, Xavier Cooper, Daniel Ekuale, "and a bunch of other guys." On Saturday he got to watch those guys do their thing in the spring game.

"When I was sitting up in the stadium, I pictured myself fitting into the scheme. And I was evaluating myself, seeing if I would be able to start here and be able to do this. And it felt like I would, if I put in the work, and looking at some of these guys who will graduate when I come in, I might have a chance," said Toki.

TOKI SAID other highlights included checking out one of the WSU libraries and of course, it was impossible not to notice the new $61 million dollar Football Operation Building.

"It was the first time bringing my mom up there. I've been to Wazzu four times. But the new facility is great. I have to say that Wazzu is on the rise. The football team is great, they're training hard, they're looking good," said Toki.

Toki's bottom line review of his unofficial trip to Washington State?

"It was amazing," said Toki.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Toki said he just this week received an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio in January.

  • Toki said two other schools have been in contact this week, with Washington and San Jose State stopping by his school. Toki said the Huskies want Toki to come to a camp event their coaches will be at in California this June. As reported by CF.C earlier, Washington State's coaches will be working camps this June in California. "I'll be going to that," said Toki of the WSU-coached camp.

  • Toki is ranked the No. 18 defensive tackle prospect nationally. He is also a member of the Scout.com 300 (No. 233).

  • Toki transferred from Kirkland's Juanita High, where this past season he captured first team All King-Co 3A/2A honors as a DT/NG his junior season, the only junior d-lineman to be so named.

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