Luther Burbank (Calif.) defensive tackle T.J. Poloai will take his official visit to Washington State this weekend. Before he headed up to Pullman, the 275 pound tackle and one of his coaches, James Pale, spoke with Scout.com.
“T.J.’s best attributes are his explosiveness off the line and motor,” said Pale. “He is a little undersized, but his first two steps are the best of anyone I have had here. We had an idea in one of our playoff games for him to try and steal the ball on the center snap. He did it twice.”
Besides physical ability, Pale wanted Cougar fans to know that they are getting a high character player as well.
“He is an awesome kid,” said Pale. “He came from very humble beginnings, his whole family has come through the Burbank program, like three generations, he is the best of them.”
Poloai had a successful senior season, leading the Titans deep into the state playoffs. Personal success followed as he was named to the Sacramento Bee’s All-County team for 2010.
Poloai committed to Washington State back in September having never been to the state of Washington.
“They were the school that was calling the most and that offered first,” said Poloai. “My coach from high school is also gonna be there, so that is cool.”
Poloai will be following his high school defensive line coach, Dave Lose, who will be working with the same position for the Cougars next season.
Poloai struggled to find an answer when asked what has made him such a dominant player.
“I have no clue, I just go out and play the game and try to do what I’m asked,” said Poloai. “I do think my lifting helps. I may not be able to lift as much as some guys out there, but I focus on being able to do a ton of reps.”
Poloai is a big recruit for Washington State in every sense of the word; Scout.com will have more from him following his visit to Pullman.
Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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