Dasmond Tautalatasi has a connection to Washington State through his uncle and now that the Cougars have offered they're going to be seriously considered.
Tautalatasi's cousin, Junior, was a running back at Washington State in the 1980s before a career in the NFL and that could play a role for the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle recruit as his recruitment continues.
The 6-foot-1, 186-pound prospect admits he doesn't know a whole lot about Washington State football yet but with a connection there it could be important.
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"It caught me by surprise," Tautalatasi said.
"I don't know too much about them. I just know my uncle went there and that's about it. He was a running back there and then he played in the NFL."
Washington State is recruiting Tautalatasi as a safety so playing in that high-octane offense and following in his uncle's footsteps at running back doesn't seem like an option at this point.
Still, the three-star said he's going to take that new offer into consideration with his other ones from Arizona State, Nevada and San Jose State.
Spring football has not even started at Concord De La Salle so Tautalatasi said things have been relatively slow in his recruitment. But that could dramatically change in the coming weeks when college coaches stop by.
"Just a few coaches have come," Tautalatasi said. "I think it will get a lot busier once we head into our spring ball which is next month."
Cal, Nevada and Yale are three other programs showing interest in him as he keeps his recruitment wide open at this point. No other unofficial visits are planned at the moment but Tautalatasi said it's possible he could hit the road this off-season.
"I don't have anything planned at the moment but I'm sure I'll be taking some trips to some other schools," he said.