BREAKING: 250-pounds in motion goes crimson

NOT MANY 250-POUNDERS are agile and fast enough to play tailback in high school -- plus compete in the 100 meter dash. But the newest Cougar does all that and more. He won't be playing running back at Wazzu but it was that kind of speed and athleticism that drew the Cougars to him. The Evergreen State standout becomes Washington State's first known verbal commitment of the 2009 class.

Lynnwood's Geoff Meinken came to the attention of WSU assistants Malik Roberson and Chris Ball during the May Evaluation period. An invitation to come out and unofficially visit Washington State soon followed.

Meinken spent three days at Wazzu, and he loved the Palouse and the Washington State campus. So when he was offered on Wednesday night by Cougars' head man Paul Wulff, he didn't waste time.

"I just verbally committed," said Meinken. "...I talked to coach Wulff and he talked about character and that they were ready for me to come and be a leader and I said I look forward to it.

"I spent most of my time with coach Roberson and coach Ball and I got to meet the rest of them (last week). Coach Roberson was great, talking with him was great, and I look forward to playing for him. It's the opportunity to go play in the Pac-10 and a dream come true."

Meinken said he will head to Washington State as a defensive end but that depending on his growth, he could also possibly grow into a defensive tackle under Roberson.

"They said they really liked me on film. And coach Roberson said what really got them interested was that there was someone who was 6-4, 250 pounds and was a high school running back," said Meinken.

MEINKEN HAD BEEN under the radar before the crimson interest ramped up during the spring evaluation period.

True, he does run a 4.62 in the 40 despite his size. And he runs an impressive time for his size in the 100-meters on Lynnwood's track team. And he had was just starting to draw interest from Washington and Oregon.

But he didn't start playing football until his freshman year, didn't play a full season until his sophomore year and wasn't a mainstay on the camp and combine circuit.

The Washington State coaches, however, were out burning up the road this May Evaluation period and the Lynnwood coach said he had someone he thought they should take a look at.

"Coach (Dorian) Manza at Lynnwood High School did a really great job in putting me out there and got me in contact with coach Roberson," said Meinken.

Meinken plays both tailback and defensive end for Lynnwood. He rushed for 693 yards on 150 carries, scoring seven touchdowns as a junior.

Meinken, a three sport athlete in football, basketball and track, is also a star in the classroom.

"The first thing (Roberson) looked at was my grades. I maintain a 3.4 (GPA) with all AP and honors classes, so they liked that. I told them I got in the 87th percentile on the PSAT and I take the SAT next week. Coach Ball also got to watch me in a track meet where I ran the 100-meters dash and he said he really liked that I was able to run it in 11.7 seconds and weigh 250 pounds."

"It feels great. I'm ready. Go Cougs," said Meinken.

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