BREAKING NEWS: NW Washington TE goes crimson

THE TIGHT END had originally thought he'd take his official visits first before deciding where he would spend the next few years of his life playing football and getting his college education. But ever since receiving an offer from Wazzu, he's been thinking about the Cougs more and more. After a talk with his mom, he called up Paul Wulff late Monday night and verbally committed to WSU.

Bellingham's Andrei Lintz, (6-4, 225, 4.67), a versatile playmaker out of Meridian High, is headed to the Palouse.

"I just committed to Washington State," Lintz said late Monday evening. "I just had a conversation with my mom, we talked about it and I just think it's the right fit for me...so I called coach Wulff. He was really excited and said Congratulations and that they were really excited about having me.

"Ever since they offered I've been thinking about it -- and every time I thought about it, I just pictured myself going to Washington State. So I just finally realized, 'I've got to take this offer.'"

Lintz will be coming into a no-huddle spread offense but just because Wulff and staff will be running a spread, that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of action for the tight end spot -- it's just the opposite actually. And the multiple formation offense will, at times, feature two tights.

"I'm really excited about it. I can't wait for the opportunity," said Lintz.

LINTZ IN 2007 hauled in 35 receptions for 628 yards and five TDs. He also rushed 54 times for another 442 hashes. Additionally, he served as the team's punter plus return man -- with nine kickoff returns for 251 yards and 1 TD, and another 37 yards on seven punt returns.

All told, he logged 1,358 all-purpose yards with 11 TDs this past season.

This past season, Lintz repeated as first team all-district at tight end, as well as punter, and also captured district Defensive MVP honors his senior campaign. He earned AP first team all-state honors both on defense and as a punter.

LINTZ, BORN IN Russia where his grandfather was a professional soccer player, has only been playing football a short time. He came to the U.S. when he was six years old and, a lifelong soccer player himself, he first stepped onto the gridiron as a freshman in high school.

He began as a punter, earning first team all league honors his sophomore year. His junior year, however, he made his mark at tight end during Meridian's state championship season, with 49 catches for 718 yards and a school record 16 touchdowns, earning all-district, all-Whatcom County and Class 1A all-state AP honors on offense and gaining notice from College recruiters.

Lintz won't play as many positions at Wazzu as he did at Meridian but he said he hopes to have a decided impact -- regular season and postseason -- playing for the Cougs.

"It's an exciting atmosphere in Pullman. And football-wise, it's a Pac-10 school, they have a shot at the Rose Bowl every year -- and winning that is what I want to accomplish," said Lintz.

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