Cougs offer big foot out of Big D

MORE EVIDENCE OF Washington State's continuing -- and expanding -- recruiting efforts into the state of Texas comes with news the Cougs have offered strong legged kicker Adi Kunalic out of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Cougs lead for the 6-foot, 170-pounder who booted a North Crowley High record 57-yarder last season. He's planning a visit up to the Palouse later this fall.

Cougar starter Loren Langley will be a junior in '06 but kickoff specialist Graham Siderius has graduated and that means there's competition for a starting spot at WSU -- not just for the future, but for right now.

"I've been talking to (Washington State's) recruiting coach (Greg Peterson) for a long time," Kunalic told "He told me how it would be good if I came out and how I would be able to play in my first year. My offer came pretty fast there, too. They saw my tape and made the offer. They really think I could do well for them."

Washington State walk-on kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi will compete with Langley for the kickoff duties this fall.

Coach Peterson also told Kunalic that he will likely get more offers if he excels in his senior season and becomes better known, which is exactly what the kicker is hoping for.

IN ADDITION TO WSU, Kunalic has an offer from Connecticut and believes that Texas Tech will offer him in the fall.

"Texas Tech is pretty interested," he said. "They haven't made an offer yet. They are going to wait until fall because they signed a kicker last year -- but I think they are going to give me one. I would probably go there because it's close to home."

Kunalic said the only thing he's sure of is that he is not going to UConn.

"I don't know if they've signed a kicker or not," he said. "But I'm not really interested in them. I'd much rather play in the Pac-10 than the Big East. I want to have as many choices as possible," Kunalic said. "That way I can see what kind of options I have and go from there."

KUNALIC IS WORKING the kicking camp circuit to become more well-known by college coaches. He recently participated in kicking camps at Ohio State, LSU and Texas Tech, and this Friday he will participate in the Lonestar Kicking Challenge in San Marcus, Texas.

"I'm trying to get as many offers as I can," he said.

Kunalic said because he is trying to use his senior season to gain more exposure, he will likely not commit until the season is over and he has all his offers in.

"All the coaches I've talked to so far have told me that I will get many more offers," he said. "I don't know what's going to happen, but right now, I'm just trying to get better and we will see what happens."

Tanor Johnson of Bellevue's Eastside Catholic is an interesting local kicking prospect, and if the Cougars are looking to build depth at punter, there are at least three local kids of interest: Kiel Rasp of Nathan Hale, Brad Elkin of Bellarmine and Kawika Emsley-Pai of Henry Jackson.

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