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Lineman hearing from Pac-12 teams

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Emerald Faletuipapai was one of the top offensive linemen at the Asante Football Academy this past weekend and he hopes more interest comes in from Pac-12 schools.
The Gardena (Calif.) Serra offensive guard said Washington State continues to show the most interest and he's hoping the Cougars will offer. A visit in the spring could happen and Faletuipapai said he definitely wants to hear more from the coaching staff.
"I've been hearing the most from Washington State," Faletuipapai said. "Coach (Dennis) Simmons has really been talking to me and making me feel comfortable with Washington State academically and athletically.
"They're waiting to come in the spring. Hopefully, they'll give me a visit and that should be my first visit and I'm really excited about them."
There has been a lot of coaching turnover in the Pac-12 and Faletuipapai said he hopes once things get settled not only at Washington State but at Arizona, Arizona State and other conference schools that teams come calling for him.
If Faletuipapai had his wish, the 6-foot-6, 339-pound prospect would stay closer to home but he's open to all possibilities at this time. At this point, it seems Washington State is his best option but other things could certainly open up.
The Gardena Serra lineman said he's mainly hearing from Washington State, Utah and San Jose State so far.
"Coach Simmons is a new coach just like the rest of the coaching staff," Faletuipapai said. "I'm looking forward to talking to them and the rest of the Pac-12 schools. I'd like to stay closer to home so I can stay close to my family.
"I'm taking it slow, talking it through with my family and waiting for the recruiting process to pick up."
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