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WASHINGTON STATE told him, when they offered the 6-2, 315-pound offensive lineman a scholarship, that they liked his toughness and his passion for the game. He told Paul Wulff this morning that the feeling was mutual, and that he's coming to Pullman. The hoss, whom the L.A. Times calls the best in his league, becomes the 15th known verbal commitment in the 2009 WSU class.

Sebastian Valenzuela, out of Burbank, Calif., and ranked among the nation's Top 100 offensive guard prospects, called Wulff this morning and went crimson.

I verbally committed to Washington State," said Valenzuela. "Coach Wulff, he said 'That's awesome!' He was pretty excited".

The book on Valenzuela is, basically, a steamroller in cleats.

"(WSU) said they liked my passion for the game and my toughness. They said they also liked the way I kinda flatten people. I get off the line pretty quick I guess," he said.

He's also agile -- "remarkably agile" -- according to the L.A. Daily News, who attributes his athleticism in part due to a soccer background.

Valenzuela earned first team all-Pacific league honors this season. The league did away with their Lineman of the Year award for '08, (Valenzuela would have likely been a shoo-in this season), but he picked up that award his junior season, as well as first-team all-area and first-team all-league honors. His 285 pound power clean earlier this summer remains a school record at Burrows High.

The Cougs were the first to offer Valenzuela, he also held offers from Nevada, Idaho and was seeing increasing interest from UW, UCLA and others. He'll trip to Washington State on Jan. 10.

The Cougars now have 15 verbal commitments including one soft verbal.


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