Texan gets a kick out of WSU weekend

ADI KUNALIC gave his Cougar experience this weekend an enthusiastic thumbs up, and the Texas kicker with the big-time leg talked in terms of "we" when referring to Washington State following his trip. Still, while WSU undeniably made a big impression, there still appears a ways to go before he makes a decision on what school he'll be signing with come February.

"It was great, I liked everything," said Kunalic. "Plus the game was great. I wish we could've won it, though. But it was a pretty good atmosphere. I got to hang out with all the football players so that was cool."

There are a couple things standing in the way of Kunalic making a decision. One, he wants to go through the recruiting process and make his choice after exploring his options. The second, and possibly the more critical of the two, is how his parents would feel about him leaving the Fort Worth area and heading to the Pacific Northwest area for his college years.

"Me and coach (Bill) Doba talked a lot about everything," said Kunalic. "I'm trying to get my parents on the same page because it's kind of far away and they're still debating that. But I liked everything, so...I'm just going to talk a bit with the parents and stuff."

AMONG THE SUITORS, Colorado State and Miami. The Hurricanes, who did not offer after seeing his junior tape, called Kunalic last week and said they would like to see game film from this year. Colorado State has made increased overtures of late and Texas Tech has been showing some interest.

"I definitely had a great vibe (at WSU). I'm still kind of talking to a few other people through. So I don't know how it's going to go. Washington State is one of the top guys, and then I'm talking to Miami. I'm talking to Colorado State a lot, too."

AS A JUNIOR, Kunalic blasted a season high 57-yarder to set the school record at North Crawley, also booting appx. 55 of 65 kickoffs for touchbacks. On nine field goal attempts in 2005, three of his seven makes were from 50-plus -- from 51, 53 and 57 yards.

Washington State looks pretty well set at punter for the next few years with sophomore Darryl Blunt putting together a solid season his first year as a starter, but Kunalic also has skills in that area.

Kunalic averaged about 50 yards his first game punting this season before besting that the following week. That game, Kunalic had a "60-something" and another few punts over 50 yards.

"I sat out one game, I had a small sprain in my knee but I'm kicking 100 percent right now," said Kunalic.

COUGAR QUARTERBACK Gary Rogers was Kunalic's player host for the weekend. Included along with with the quality time with Doba and the staff, Kunalic said just hanging out with Rogers and the offensive line Saturday night was one of the trip highlights.

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