BREAKING: Cougs land side of Grade-A Beef

WASHINGTON STATE AND Paul Wulff have scored a side of Grade A Beef – all 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds of him. The offensive line prospect from the Bay Area had been weighing offers from the Cougars and another Pac-10 program but the decision is now in. And he tells CF.C he is Wazzu-bound.

Another day, another Bay Area future Cougar. Oakland offensive line prospect Wendell Taiese out of McClymonds High is headed to Wazzu.

"I committed to Washington State because of the academics…ASU has good programs and support too but Washington State is just the whole package," said Taiese.

Taiese says he committed to the Cougs a while back, about two weeks ago when he was on an official visit, but then ASU jumping into the mix gave him pause. After consideration, though, he says he's sticking with his first choice.

"I'm solid with Washington State," said Taiese, who said he was going to call ASU and give them "the bad news" this afternoon.

"Washington State said they're in love with the way I move for a guy my size, because I'm 6-6, 340. They like how I can get to the next level."

While Taiese would seem a tackle, he said WSU might look at him on the inside first. He said WSU o-line coach liked how he played against the competition and his skills set in paving the road.

"We played against some really good teams and I locked up a lot of best d-ends in California. But (WSU likes) how I can get under guys and drive them, it comes naturally to me," said Taiese, who added that he's worked hard to develop sound technique and that his senior year performance wasn't just about being bigger than the other guys.

Also influencing his decision was that he has family in Spokane and the close-knit community feel of Pullman felt like home, said Taiese.

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