Dec. 21, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. -- A pair of standout football players from the 1998 high school season have signed final aid agreements to attend Washington State University, beginning next month, Cougar head coach Mike Price announced Tuesday.
Sam Lightbody, a 280-pound offensive lineman from Huntington Beach, Calif., and Faafetai Tupai (Fah-AH-fah-tie TWO-pie-ee), a near-300 pound defensive lineman, will be on campus in January when WSU's spring semester begins Jan. 11 and both will participate in spring drills. Both players originally signed national letters of intent a year ago to attend WSU.
Tupai is one of the most highly regarded players WSU has signed in recent years. As a senior at Monterey (Calif.) High, he received seven votes in the highly regarded Best In the West poll by the Long Beach Press Telegram.
"Tupai did a nice job of getting the test scores he needed," Price said. "The family has moved to Pullman and he has fit into the community well. Not only do we get a great football player, but a great family in Pullman. Tupai will give us depth and size on the defensive line we need."
Lightbody, who attended Hunton Beach (Calif.) High, was named to Super Prep Magazine's All-Far West team of 100 players after the 1998 season. He also is an outstanding shot put and discus competitor.
"When I recruited Sam he was a light body, but now he isn't," Price commented. "Now he's well over 280. We intentionally allowed him to delay his enrollment so he could develop physically. We are very fortunate to get him."
The signing of Tupai and Lightbody bring to six the signees who will enroll at WSU in January. Earlier Price announced the signing of tight end Mark Baldwin (Hinds JC in Mississippi), punter Alan Cox (Snow College in Utah), receiver Derrick Dillon (Oakland Community College in Michigan) and linebacker D.D. Acholonu (Inglemoor High in Seattle)
LIGHTBODY, Sam OL 6-8 280 FR Huntington Beach, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Huntington Beach High, where he was coached by Tony Ciarelli...earned three varsity letters each in football and track (shot, discus)...captained football team senior year...during SOPHOMORE year won league shot put title for freshmen/sophomores...as a JUNIOR named most improved football player...MVP of track team and won league and district titles in the shot and discus...best marks 56-1 and 174-10...second in both events at the CIF championships...SENIOR year Super Prep Magazine named him to their All-Far West team (100)...earned All-Sunset League and All-CIF first team honors.
WSU: Will enroll in January, 2000, and participate in spring practice.
PERSONAL: Samual Lightbody...born 4-22-81 at Manila, Philippines...parents Kathleen and Art Lightbody...two brothers, Jake and Titus...interested in a fine arts major.
TUPAI, Faafetai DL 6-4 298 Pullman, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Ted Robinson at Monterey (Calif.) High, where he earned three varsity letters...a standout two-way player earning honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman...as a SOPHOMORE finished second at the Monterey Bay League wrestling tourney...football team's most improved player...during JUNIOR season named the league's best defensive player and named to the All-MBL team on both offense and defense...also All-Monterey County and an All-State pick...SENIOR year received seven votes in the Long Beach P-T's Best in the West voting...also a Western 100 pick (number 10 OL) by the Tacoma News Tribune...one the National Recruiting Center's National 100 pick (84) and named to Super Prep Magazine's All-American team (number 17 DL) and to their All-Far West team (25)...ESPN Top 100 All-America pick...team finished 11-2 and won Div. III sectional title...named MBL's lineman of the year and picked to both the offensive and defensive teams...one team's Golden Helmet Award...had 15 sacks, eight TFL, caused six fumbles and recovered three fumbles...also had four pass deflections.
PERSONAL: Faafetai Tupai (Fah-AH-fah-tie TWO-pie-ee)...born 5-24-81 at Seattle, Wash...parents Tina and Seaula Tupai, now live in Pullman...father is a pastor...one sister Helen...two brothers, George and Junior...attended same school as former Cougar running back Shaumbe Wright-Fair...a member of the Key Club for two years and the Block "M" Club for one year.