Earliest verbal in WSU history!

THE EARLIEST VERBAL COMMITMENT in the history of the Washington State football program has been landed by Paul Wulff and staff. Still only a junior-to-be, the coaches saw his film at his school during the spring evaluation period while on the recruiting trail. Invited to WSU's summer camp, he turned in an MVP showing in Pullman, and soon after earned a crimson offer. On Thursday, he became a Coug.

"I just committed," Aaron Dunn, a 6-6, 220-pounder out of Spokane's Shadle Park High told CF.C on Thursday night. "I really, really like the coaching staff at WSU. I really liked coach Wulff, and coach (Chris) Ball (area recruiter) is a really cool guy who came to my school this spring.

"Coach Wulff is down to earth and he just sounded like he was moving the program in such a positive direction. He talked about where he was going to take it, and how the guys were responding to that and making big steps there."

Dunn will come to Wazzu as part of the 2010 class, making him the earliest football commit in WSU program history by far.*

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Dunn plays tight end and defensive end for Shadle Park but he'll be a tight end for the Cougs, where his position coach will be Washington State's Rich Rasmussen.

"He's a really nice guy and I definitely learned a lot from him at the camp," said Dunn of Rasmussen. "He just seems like he knew all about it, and he's the recruiting coordinator too. He really helped me out throughout the camp."

AT THE END OF WSU's four day event, Dunn took home an MVP award for tight ends. He left campus and after returning, Wulff offered him a scholie. The Cougar coaches, Dunn said, told him they liked how quickly he picked up instruction and how fluidly he moves.

"They just liked that I worked hard and my athletic ability -- they said they really liked that. They talked about me being a really natural athlete, with good feet, and one who has long arms. And they said obviously the size, the physical aspect, they really liked too," said Dunn.

And speaking to that athleticism, Dunn, in a rare occurrence for underclassmen in either basketball or football, was named first team all-GSL in basketball as a sophomore. He was the only first teamer who was not a senior. Not only that, Dunn was even seeing recruiting interest from Tony Bennett and Washington State for basketball.

But he's football bound to Wazzu now.

SHADLE PARK IS not one of the top stops on the recruiting trail for college football coaches. UW and Idaho had been in preliminary contact with Dunn but Washington State was by far recruiting hardest the junior-to-be, he said.

"My parents went to WSU, my brother goes there right now...I like Pullman and ever since I was growing up I've wanted to be a Coug," said Dunn.

ALSO A BIG PLUS for Dunn is the fact his closest friend is Wazzu-bound as well, and will also be donning the crimson and gray -- he'll just be doing it in a different arena in Pullman.

Anthony Brown, a 6-5 shooting guard out of Shadle Park, is Dunn's best friend and was Tony Bennett's first class of '09 verbal commitment last June.

"I went down a couple times with (Brown) to watch basketball games..and then this spring after coach Ball came by the school, we've been talking quite a bit since then," said Dunn.

As a sophomore, Dunn earned honorable mention all-GSL honors on the gridiron.

  • *Dunn shattered the mark for the earliest verbal commit in WSU football program history by almost 10 months. Prior to Dunn, the earliest ever to commit to WSU had been senior-to-be Shelton Danzy, who on April 28, 2004 became part of the '05 class.

  • Dunn is also a star off the field. An exceptional student, Dunn carries a near perfect 3.9 GPA.

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