Dawgs pounce quickly on young WSU verbal

IT TOOK LESS than 48 hours for the UW to get in contact with the earliest verbal commitment in Washington State history. Spokane's Aaron Dunn, a 6-6, 220-pound junior-to-be, gives CF.C readers his insights on the Cougars, Huskies and what it was like to attend a Wazzu fall camp practice this past week.

The Huskies emailed Dunn, a tight end, within two days of his verbal to the Cougs earlier this summer, said Dunn. The Dawgs wished him congratulations on his decision but to also ask him to keep them in mind for the future. The UW and others, however, may find it a formidable task to curry favor with the class of 2010 future Cougar.

"I'm really set on WSU," Dunn said. "It's not like I'm waiting on anything else or there's something that could possibly sway my decision. I'm really set on them."

DUNN WAS AT Washington State with another crimson target out of Spokane, Gonzaga Prep'sTravis Long, a senior-to-be and '09 class member with a Cougar offer, (look for an article on Long tomorrow). The duo was at WSU on the day Paul Wulff invited CouGreat and former Shadle Park star Mark Rypien to speak to the team.

"Right after that happened..the defensive guys came over and introduced themselves to me and Travis and I thought that was really cool. I talked with (Spangle's) Matt Mullennix for actually a little bit and he made it sound like such an awesome place -- that made me feel good about my decision," said Dunn.

Dunn spent a lot of time observing tight ends coach Rich Rasmussen, whom he mentored under at Washington State's summer youth football camp in July.

"I got to listen to coach Rasmussen and see the tight ends, that was really good and I learned a little bit," said Dunn. "..They were working on a blocking drill..and I just kind of learned a little bit from watching him -- he's really a perfectionist.

"When he goes through drills, he wants people to do it perfectly. He'd stop his guys and correct them and he'd do it with everyone, not just his starters or anything, he was helping everybody get better and I liked that."

DUNN SAID THE overall speed of the WSU practice, on both sides of the ball and on special teams, stood out.

"I was really impressed with the tempo -- it was a really high tempo. And they had a lot of intensity on the field, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I guess they had a really good day of practice down there... so I think I picked a good day to go," said Dunn.

AMONG THE COACHES Dunn spent time with were Wulff, Rasmussen, Chris Ball and Travis Niekamp. The Cougs like Dunn at tight end, though it sounds like the defensive coaches are engaging in some tug of war with Rasmussen.

"Coach Wulff has said maybe a little d-end but... I like tight end, and on defense I like pass rushing... But tight end's what I do. Coach Ball wants me to play defense, I think," laughed Dunn.

DUNN PLAYED AT Shadle Park last season but a family move means he's now at Mead.

And Mead's fall camp is already well into their two-a-days, with the Panthers' opener scheduled for Sep. 5. The following morning, Dunn will head down to Pullman on an unofficial trip to watch the Cougs in their home opener against Cal.

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