BREAKING NEWS: A crimson Stormo is brewing

NEW COUGAR HEAD MAN Paul Wulff has received his first known verbal commitment. UW coaches were at his hoops game last night but just over 12 hours ago, Skylar Stormo, a 6-4, 225-pound two-way standout from the same high school as Washington State quarterback Gary Rogers, gave his pledge to Wulff and WSU assistant Travis Niekamp. CF.C talks to the newest member of the Cougs' 2008 recruiting class.

The Cougs' competition for Stormo came primarily in the form of Washington and Boise State, Kamiak head man Dan Mack said. WSU was first to offer.

"Washington has been on him the whole time and Boise State as well...the Huskies were at the basketball game last night," said Mack. "One thing I appreciate about coach Wulff is he saw the potential in this kid. He's not 6-6, he's not (that NFL prototype) guy. But I've seen guys who, as the saying goes, look like Tarzan and play like Jane. Bottom line, he's at the place he's supposed to be at, Washington State, and I couldn't be happier.

"I somewhat liken Skylar to a kid who played for me in '99, linebacker Jerry Matson. Sky got the offer from Washington State but nobody offered Matson, nobody wanted him even though he led the state in tackles that year. He ended up walking on at Oregon and being a two year starter and captain of the team. Sky is like that, he's a tough, hard nosed football player.

"Stormo is a throwback, but he's also quite an athlete."

MACK SAID STORMO told him Friday afternoon that he wanted to be a Cougar and if Wulff offered, he was going to be a Cougar.

"Last night at midnight, Skylar Stormo had a visit at his home from Cougars head coach Paul Wulff and assistant coach Travis Niekamp. At the visit, coach Wulff offered Skylar a scholarship to play football for the Cougars," Skylar's mother Tara wrote in an email to CF.C.

The tight end/defensive end had an immediate reply for Wulff and Niekamp: "YES!"

"We talked about which way the school and program are going, what he's looking for in players -- in terms of character, attitude and game (performance)," Stormo told CF.C. "He said those were things I have and about ten minutes later said he wanted to offer me a full ride scholarship. After I heard that I said, 'Hey, I want to be a Coug!'"

A THREE YEAR STARTER at tight end for Kamiak, Stormo increased his production each season, leading the team in receiving in '07 and '06. He also set the Kamiak record for most yards by a tight end in '05, '06 and '07.

Stormo runs the 40 in 4.75 and also played defensive end during his senior campaign. He was a quick study, earning All-Area first-team honors. He earned second team All-Area recognition for his work on offense.

STORMO IN THE 2007 calendar year was selected as a team captain -- on both the football and basketball squads -- at Kamiak.

"I think he (Wulff) was kind of sizing me up a bit, I think he wanted to see what I was like. I think that's why he came over last night, and to meet my family. I think that might have helped him make his decision (on extending the offer)," said Stormo.

STORMO SAID though his conversation with Wulff he'll get his first look at Washington State as a tight end but that he could also move over to the defensive side of the ball. Either one, said Stormo, is fine by him and whichever is best for the team is where he wants to line up.

"For me, I just want to play," said Stormo. "On defense, I started to catch on a little bit and learn a little bit more as the year went along, so I was starting to like it."

In addition to his work on the gridiron, Stormo has earned three varsity letters on the basketball hardwood.

A STAR IN THE CLASSROOM as well, he holds a 3.3 GPA and has received a qualifying score on the SAT.

Stormo will take his official visit to Washington State on Jan. 19.

"I'm very honored to wear the crimson and gray and to play for the Cougs!" said Stormo.

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