Wulff eyes safety from Fresno

WASHINGTON STATE THIS WEEK made its seventh known scholarship offer to a prep safety. The lad from Fresno also could play running back at the next level, but in a phone conversation with Cougar head man Paul Wulff on Thursday, the offer came wrapped in a bow of defense.

Nathan Fellner, a 6-foot, 200-pounder from Clovis West High, is considered one of the top athletes in the West.

"I called Coach Wulff this morning (Thursday), and he offered me," Fellner said.

WSU is the fourth school to offer Fellner. Stanford was the first, offering him a scholarship in February to play running back. San Diego State offered him in the spring and Washington a few weeks ago. Like WSU, those two schools see him as a college safety.

Fellner says he is excited about his offer from the Cougars and puts the Cougs among his top seven schools. Besides the four that offered scholies, he likes Cal, UCLA and Arizona State. He has maintained since the start of his recruitment that Stanford is his favorite, but he remains open.

Fellner has 3.8 GPA and scored 1530 on his SAT. He is awaiting the results on his most recent attempt to improve his score.

Six other prep safeties are believed to have received offers from WSU so far in this recruiting cycle. Two are from Washington -- Bellevue's Jamal Atofau and Ferndale's Casey Locker -- and four are from California -- Dijon Washington (Lawndale), Anthony Carpenter (Gardena), Lester White (Riverside)and Genesis Fonoimoana (Wilmington).

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