BREAKING: Cougs add OL to 2011 class

THE COUGS JUST added a 6-5, 320-pound side of beef to their o-line corps from Europe by way of Texas. He played just a year in the States before returning to Europe but schools like Texas, Arkansas and UCLA immediately began recruiting him. Wazzu also took notice. He went crimson earlier this year and this week, was officially enrolled at WSU. CF.C talks to the newest Cougar and Paul Wulff..

Moritz Christ, who played his junior season at Leander High in Texas, just outside of Austin, signed a Letter of Intent earlier this year with WSU. But getting all the credits to transfer and the paperwork in order on a German student-athlete took some time. But now it's done, and he's officially enrolled at Wazzu.

Christ played last year in Germany for Siegen, something that may have helped WSU.

"I think we would have been in a hell of a dogfight to get him if he stayed (stateside) for his senior year," said Paul Wulff.

Christ has only been playing the game a short time, but he excelled at it from the jump at Leander.

"The high school coach who had one year with him, he raved about his personality, work ethic and abilities," said Wulff. "He's already very well developed, he's either 20 years old or close to it and he's got a ready-made frame. We think he's raw, but his potential is unlimited.

"We followed through with watching his club football in Germany. The competition obviously isn't as good but we watched his ability and not so much the opponent -- his ability to follow through. We think he can be a very good football player for us."

Christ said WSU recruited him hard, both before and after he left Texas.

"Washington State was one of the teams that saw my tapes and said they wanted me to come down. They liked the intensity, the guys I played against (in Germany) weren't top notch but taking a guy back 30 yards and putting him on the ground was a good thing, I guess," Christ told CF.C.

Christ will likely redshirt this season, something he welcomes.

"There's going to be a bunch of stuff thrown at me but I can handle it. I'm really looking forward to this first year, that redshirt year so I can adapt better. I'm not bummed out that I won't be playing right away or anything like that. Instead I'm really looking forward to learning and developing. That way, I'll be able to better help the team which is the most important thing," said Christ.

Arkansas, Texas and UCLA had all offered Christ a preferred walk-on role and the possibility of more, but WSU felt like home to him.

"I just really liked the school and the coaches at Washington State, I signed in late March I think it was. I can't wait to get out there in August...I can't wait to come up to Pullman and play some ball!" said Christ.

Christ, who has full eligibility and 5-to-play-4, said he plans on arriving at WSU a few days before fall camp gets underway on Aug. 7.


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