Wulff offers South Sound 'backer

THE EVERGREEN STATE looks to hold a recruiting emphasis at Washington State under Paul Wulff -- half of the known Cougar verbal commitments in the '09 class hail from inside its borders. A South Sound linebacker prospect is one of the recent in-staters who has received a crimson offer. One of the reasons the Cougs offered him a full ride looks to be pretty basic. He's one tough football player.

He laughed when he said it, modesty getting the better of him, but Wulff has made it clear that toughness will be a requisite at Washington State.

"They told me they like my size, that I have a good frame and good speed for the position -- they're just pretty much looking for a tough guy," said Andre Barrington, out of Federal Way High.

Just before the start of the Cougs' fall camp, Barrington (6-1, 205, 4.5) took an unofifcial visit out to Pullman. After Wulff and staff had a chance to sit down with him face to face, Wulff offered.

Barrington said Washington State is recruiting the hardest.

"I can see myself going there," said Barrington. "I liked it, I really enjoyed being out there. Coach (Mike) Levenseller, he's cool. I got to talk to him a little bit more when I was out there. I really like him, I actually really like all the coaches."

LEVENSELLER IS RUNNING the recruiting point on Barrington, though WSU employs a group recruiting approach under Wulff and a number of the Cougar coaches are involved.

Barrington said he's called the Cougar coaches a couple times since receiving the offer and that they had also been emailing back and forth.

BARRINGTON LINES UP at defensive back and running back at Federal Way but said the Cougars like him at outside linebacker. So does most everyone else.

"From what I know most of the other schools are thinking outside linebacker," said Barrington, who in addition to the WSU offer is seeing varying shades of interest coming from Cal, Oregon, Washington, Boise State, Idaho and UNLV.

Barrington said distance won't be a factor though he would like to stay close enough that his family can see him play.

"Distance doesn't bother me," said Barrington.

AS A JUNIOR this past season, Barrington was named first team All-SPSL 4A North as a running back, second team at defensive back.

He rushed for 1,028 yards and 13 scores in '07, with another eight receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns via the air.

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