Lolohea leaving WSU, expected to transfer

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

Cougar junior defensive tackle Jonathan Lolohea, a member of the 2018 recruiting class, has left the program, according to The Spokesman-Review.

Lolohea arrived in Pullman in January and throughout the spring and fall was in contention to be the starting nose tackle. Lolohea was initially interested in attending WSU because he wanted to stay closer to his hometown in Maui by playing on the west coast, according to The Spokesman.

Lolohea hails from the same city in Maui as former WSU defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa. Lolohea is an acquaintance of Mata’afa and said Mata’afa  influenced his decision to play for the Cougars, according to The Spokesman.

“I haven’t heard from him,” WSU Head Coach Mike Leach said after practice Sunday. “I don’t know what he’s thinking or whatever. It sounds like he’s going to transfer, and so I assume he is. He hadn’t been here so he’s pretty much off the team anyways.”

Lolohea was regarded as the 23rd best defensive tackle in the 2018 junior college class, according to He had offers from 10 other power-five conference teams.

It is currently unclear what prompted Lolohea to part ways with the team, but he tweeted the post below Sunday.