BREAKING NEWS: Cougs find no-huddle fit in QB

PAUL WULFF HAS landed another verbal commitment, this one at the high profile position of quarterback. The California field general has been shooting up recruiting boards this spring and summer, thanks to an impressive camp and combine tour. After spending time out on the Palouse and getting to know the coaches, players and people in the Wazzu program, he knew it was time to go crimson.

Jeff Tuel, (6-3, 190) out of Fresno, Calif. and his parents were getting ready to leave Pullman around Friday noon, having spent the last two days out on the Palouse.

On Thursday evening, the 6-3, 190-pounder had made his decision.

"I just committed to Washington State," said Tuel. "I was over there yesterday for the full day and then I just finished watching this morning's practice, we're just getting ready to take off. For me, it was really about the people -- the chemistry I have with the coaches, the people around the program, the people in the program, they're all just really great people.

"I've really felt like a Coug the whole time I've been here," said Tuel.

"TUEL IS ONE of the most athletic quarterbacks in the West this year," said Scout.com West Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman. "He's fast, quick and has excellent mobility. I was really impressed by his arm and fluid throwing motion and his footwork is very good. He was the top quarterback at our UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Phoenix.

"Tuel patiently waited behind Cal freshman Beau Sweeney to be 'the guy', but he may be the better college prospect when it's all said and done. The top quarterback in Central California this class as well."

TUEL AND HIS parents wrapped up on Friday a whirlwind unofficial visit to Washington State -- one chock full of meeting the coaches, players and people in the Washington State program and soaking in the atmosphere of a Cougar football program in the full throat of fall camp.

They didn't have much time to themselves for most of Thursday but when they did get a few minutes, they talked about the Wazzu experience plus the quarterback opportunities at Washington State.

Starter Gary Rogers is a senior, No. 2 Kevin Lopina will be a senior next year and the Cougs did not bring a quarterback in this past recruiting class.

Given the connections that they had made with the people in the WSU program, the discussion was not a lengthy one.


JEFF TUEL GOES CRIMSON

"We were with the coaches pretty much all day...pretty much all three of us, me, my dad, my mom, and we were all feeling the same way. Later that night we went to dinner -- it was just a 10-minute car ride over but that was all the time we needed to talk. This is the place for me," said Tuel.

AT DINNER, TUEL gave his pledge to the guy he'll be spending a lot of time with starting next year around this time -- quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy.

"I told him, 'Coach Sturdy, my parents and I have had time to talk. And I'm ready to be a Coug.' He got very excited, and we all had kind of a sense of relief as well. It was a pretty good handshake coming across the table," said Tuel.

Tuel and his parents got the chance to talk face to face with Paul Wulff about his verbal pledge on Friday morning.

"He was fired up," laughed Tuel.

TUEL HAS YET to start in high school after backing up Cal Bears freshman Beau Sweeney, the grandson of former WSU coach Jim Sweeney.

But he is no stranger to a no-huddle, high temp offense.

"The offense I'm running right now at my school, it's almost identical in a (lot of ways) so that was a big plus. They basically said that my (skills) fit really well and that they felt like I could be the guy to lead this team in the future," said Tuel.

AFTER HE HAD given his verbal commitment the night before, Tuel wasn't resting on his laurels.

He and his father got up early Friday morning, going off in search of the gym at a local junior high school so that he could work out and hit the weights. He also had a little adrenalin to put to use.

"I'm excited to be a Coug!" said Tuel.

Jeff Tuel profile and video

NOTABLE NOTE:
Tuel in a July article by Scout.com was quoted as saying; "Washington State is taking two quarterbacks. They said they have three offers out including mine." The highest rated QB with a known WSU offer is Tate Forcier, who recently trimmed his list to six -- Washington State, Florida, Penn State, Oregon, Michigan and Arizona State. Tuel is rated three stars by Scout,com, and checks in currently at the No. 58 prep quarterback prospect in the nation.


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