VERBAL COMMIT: Block Party in Pullman

THE DECISION FOR ERIC BLOCK came down to a pair of Pac-10 schools -- Washington State or Stanford. Named all-state, all-league and all area for his work as a defensive back two years running, Block, who starred for perennial powerhouse and state champion Bellevue High, made the call yesterday and in so doing, became the sixth known verbal commitment for the Cougars from the state of Washington.

"Just yesterday afternoon I talked to coach (Timm) Rosenbach, I told him I was going to be a Coug," said Block, who is rated among the top 100 prep safety prospects in the nation by "He was really excited and glad for me, and glad I made the decision to come to Wazzu."

Block (6-1, 190, 4.65) was slated to take an official visit down to Stanford but has cancelled that trip.

"I was scheduled to but my visit had kept getting pushed back further and further but I had my mind made up that I wanted to be a Coug anyway," said Block. "The atmosphere there, the people there, I just knew that I wanted to be there at Wazzu."

Block, whose dad was walk on at WSU in the early 80s, won two state titles in three seasons at Bellevue after becoming the team's starting QB as a 14-year-old sophomore -- and he received most of his prep headlines as the playmaking QB for the Wolverines' unique double-wing offense. But Block earned a plethora of honors and awards for his work as a defensive back.

And indeed, his college future will be on defense, with WSU recruiting and offering him as a safety.

Defensively -- each of the last two years -- Block has been named an all league first-team defensive back, an AP All-State DB, and All-Area at safety by the Seattle Times.

"Block is one of those players, like Peter Sirmon, who will be known for their play at quarterback at the high school level -- but will be known for his play at another position when his collegiate career is complete," said Chris Fetters, NW Recruiting Analyst for "He brings his smarts, his natural instincts and his lunchpail to the field for every game, but there's one thing Block brings that is more impressive above all else --- he wins."

Block, an outstanding student, carries a 3.8 core GPA and has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

"I'm just excited to get out there and play for Wazzu!" said Block.

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Scott Eklund & Chris Fetters contributed to this report

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