VERBAL: Oregon DE/TE goes crimson

A TWO-WAY first team all-league, all-star out of the Beaver state, a 6-5, 230-pound athlete from Hood River, Oregon, tripped this past weekend on an official visit to Washington State. And when the Cougars offered, citing his athleticism and physicality, he chose the men in crimson and gray over the man in black.

Adam Coerper (6-5, 230, 4.6) had given a verbal commitment to Jerry Glanville and Portland State, the colorful coach known for dressing in all black and leaving tickets for Elvis at the ticket window, but when Washington State recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen started to show interest, Coerper began to think Pac-10.

It all culminated this past weekend when on his official to Wazzu, Coerper was offered a full ride on Saturday.

"I got offered and committed," said Coerper. "I just loved the traditional college atmosphere there. It's a college town, and it's all about Cougar Football. Coach (Paul) Wulff was real cool, he's a really nice guy."

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Coerper said the Cougars' interest in him took off after his tape landed on the desk of Rasmussen.

THE COUGS LIKE Coerper at either defensive end or tight end, and which spot he lines up at will be determined as the Cougs fall camp gets underway in August.

"What they said is that they want physical, athletic guys, and that's what they see in me," said Coerper.

His speed doesn't hurt either, with Coerper saying he runs in the 4.6 range in the 40.

"...They know they can put me on the field and I'll do the job," said Coerper.

COERPER THIS PAST season logged 84 tackles, including five sacks. Offensively, he had 37 receptions in nine games for 435 yards and 3 TDs. He was also served as the team's punter, averaging appx. 45 yards per kick.

He was a huge target and prescient blocker on offense at tight end his senior campaign, and also used his speed and route running skills while split out wide at the receiver position.

He was named a first team all-league All-Star at both defensive end and tight end this season for Mount Hood, and picked up honorable mention 6A all-state honors for his work on offense.

Also an all-star in the classroom, Coerper has achieved a qualifying score.

Coerper becomes the 18th known verbal commitment for Washington State in the 2008 class.

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