BREAKING: Nationally rated LB class boosted

WSU's LINEBACKER CLASS, which was slotted No. 11 in the nation, figures to go up in the rankings, and Sacramento continues to prove a fertile recruiting ground for Wazzu. Grant High was loaded this past year and their leading tackler – ranked 3-stars and in the nation's Top 50 at his position, and who racked up a video-game like 150 tackles in 2010 -- will be wearing crimson next season.

Darryl Paulo (6-3, 245, 4.7) verballed to WSU this weekend during his official visit, Grant coaching icon Mike Alberghini tells CF.C.

"He has made his decision -- it's Washington State...His big thing was he liked the college town setting there," said Alberghini.

Paulo is an excellent student, said Alberghini, and scored over 1000 on his SAT.

ALBERGHINI SAID Paulo's still growing -- he sees him eventually moving up in the box for the Cougars.

"I think he's probably going to be more like a defensive end, and a very good one. He's about 6-3 and up to 245 now, he is very intelligent, he runs very well. And he has great character," said Alberghini.

Paulo chose Washington State over offers from Oregon State and others, and is ranked No. 46 in the nation at middle linebacker by

"He's a great catch for Washington State, or anybody, for that matter," said Alberghini.

PAULO LED ONE of the state of California's most talented prep defenses this past year with 150 tackles from his middle linebacker spot. He had five sacks, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and an interception for Grant.

He also excelled at tight end this past season, making the most of his opportunities in averaging 17.79 per reception, with 14 catches for 249 yards.

PAULO FIRST PLAYED right guard and defensive end for Grant as a sophomore. He moved to the MIK spot as a junior and came within one tackle of leading the team in '09. His senior season, at middle linebacker, he led the team in 2010, and played every snap on offense, too, at tight end. No matter where Alberghini has put Paulo during his prep career at Grant, he's performed at a high level, said the coach.

And oh by the way, this year Paulo was also on, and starred on, Grant's special teams. How's that for a motor.

"The truly outstanding thing about him was that he played every snap, all our special teams included. I just think Darryl in the three years he's been here has demonstrated... his versatility is big time," said Alberghini.

PAULO ALSO ADDS not just to the Cougs' Bay Area crimson numbers, but also to the ever-growing number of future Cougs of Polynesian descent in Paul Wulff's 2011 class.

There are seven known commitments of Polynesian descent in the WSU recruiting class -- Paulo, Chester Sua, Niko Aumua, Tana Pritchard, Eli Edwards, Brandon Tuliaupupu and T.J. Poloai. And on the Cougar roster, there's also Sekope Kaufusi, Jordan Pu'u-Robinson, plus walk-on Corey Laufasa, with Bernard Wolfgramm having just completed his senior season.

NOTABLE NOTE: Since Paulo's inclusion to the WSU commit list, the Cougs' 2011 LB class ranking has jumped five spots up to No. 6 in the nation, rubbing national shoulders with the likes of Auburn, Alabama, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State. The WSU group is led by Chester Sua, rated by as the No. 15 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 246 in the top 300 overall. The other four commits in WSU's linebacker corps are Tacoma's Max Hersey, Eugene's Logan Mayes, Lakewood's Tana Pritchard and Floridian Darryl Monroe, who is already enrolled. Hersey's best position at the Pac-12 level might however be tight end.

Be sure and check back with CF.C often for more on all things Wazzu recruiting with Signing Day coming on Wednesday.

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