BREAKING: Wulff lands Verbal No. 16

HE SAID, 24 HOURS ago, he wouldn't sit around once he knew the right place, that he wouldn't make a school wait or take a bunch of official visits just to take them. Late Thursday night, after talking things over with dad and family, a prep linebacker prospect -- tabbed the most talked about player in his league by the local newspaper -- went crimson.

Lakewood's Tana Pritchard (6-4, 203) is Wazzu-bound.

"This just happened an hour ago," said Pritchard. "I just veballed to Washington State."

He'll be bringing some buzz with him to the Palouse. The Tacoma News Tribune has already called Pritchard the most talked about player in the new SPSL 2A league this season.

"I talked to my dad and my uncle, who are both very biased about the situation. I had a long conversation with the both of them. And I grew up rooting for the Cougars, it would have been too hard for me to turn this offer down. It was a lot easier decision than it was hard."

Pritchard's father is David Pritchard, who played on Washington State's 1981 Holiday Bowl team, and he calls legendary Cougar quarterback Jack Thompson his uncle. His brother, Tavita Pritchard, is a former quarterback for Stanford.

PRITCHARD WILL COME TO Washington State as an outside linebacker, and he already has a reputation as a fearsome hitter. He recently was no longer allowed to participate in contact drills at Clover Park because too many of his teammates were getting injured.

He's also versatile -- Pritchard is the starting quarterback, starting strong safety and he's a special teams machine as well. Pritchard is also a star hoops player garnering recruiting interest from schools but he says his chosen sport at the next level is football.

Pritchard had offers from Washington State and Nevada. Other schools who were "very interested" but had not yet offered included Washington, Oregon State, Idaho and Air Force.

"The great thing about Tana is he's worked hard to improve every year he's been in our program," Clover Park coach Jon Randall told the TNT recently. "...His work ethic and dedication to improve, combined with his size, speed and athleticism, really make him a special player."

Pritchard becomes the 16th verbal commitment in Paul Wulff's 2011 class, joining OT Rico Forbes, DT T.J. Poloai, RB DaMarcus James, QB Cody Clements, WR/LB/ATH Brock Lutes, LB/SS Darryl Monroe, WR Isiah Myers, WR Henry Eaddy, CB Spencer Waseem, DT David Davis, RB/LB Chester Sua, LB/DE Logan Mayes, S Max Gama, TE Max Hersey and RB Bishop Sankey.

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