Signed, sealed and Pullman bound

PETER TUITUPOU VERBALLED to Washington State around Christmas but finishing up all the paperwork can sometimes be a bear. The JC Gridwire All American, however, put his John Hancock to paper this weekend, faxing in his signed Letter of Intent to WSU. The 6-4, 254-pounder heads to Pullman this week, start classes a week from today and can't wait for March's spring drills to get underway.

Peter Tuitupou, (6-4, 254)   
Snow College; Orem, Utah

On sending in his signed Letter of Intent to WSU:
"I faxed in my NLI on Saturday," said Tuitupou, who after the '08 season was named first team All America by JC Gridwire and the NJCAA.

Why Washington State?:
"It was just the people up there. They didn't have a great season but everyone seemed positive. And it was that they were all going to be working hard to try and turn things around -- the staff really seemed like they were working hard to turn things around," said Tuitupou.

Other factors:
"The town itself. It's kind of a smaller town and that's how my junior college was, a smaller town that helps you focus a little more on school and on football," said Tuitupou.

On Cougs' top two TEs, Devin Frischknecht and Ben Woodard graduating:
"Just the way they talked it sounded like I could become a big part of the offense. The only tight end they have who has a lot of experience right now is Tony Thompson who is going to be a senior...The tight end was (ready to be) a big part of the offense this last year and then Devin got injured but I think they're going to go the tight end hopefully a lot more," said Tuitupou.

On the recruiting battle between WSU and UW::
"I was talking with coach (Chris) Tormey and he was the only person that (Steve) Sarkisian didn't fire the first time around. And later on, Sarkisian fired him. He fired him actually the same week I was planning to trip up so that got all screwed up. So they never offered. I started talking to their offensive coordinator coach (Jim Michalczik) but things started getting unorganized because he had bowl prep with Cal, and Sarkisian had prep with USC and stuff. So it was kind of unorganized, and I didn't want to wait around. I just felt like Washington State was the better fit," said Tuitupou.

"Peter is a great addition to our program," said Wulff in an afternoon release. "He is a big, physical player with good hands and is a very good blocker. He provides a toughness to our blocking scheme while also being a skilled receiver. We are very excited Peter chose WSU to continue his college education."

  • Tuitupou has three to play two for Washington State. He originally signed with Utah out of Mountain View High in Orem before going the JC route.

  • In 10 games at Snow College this season, the same Utah junior college where signed Frischknecht, Tuitupou caught 21 passes for 251 yards with four touchdowns. Snow was ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA before losing in the national title game. In addition to the All America honors, Tuitupou was also an All-Western States Football League first team pick in 2008.

  • His last name is pronounced Too-ee-too-po.

  • Tuitupou's father played tennis and rugby at BYU-Hawaii.

    Wulff in early December named two redshirt freshmen-to-be tight ends he envisions becoming impact players in '09 -- Skylar Stormo (6-4, 227) and Andrei Lintz (6-4, 220). Both, as would be expected from first year players, are more advanced headed into the winter offseason as pass catchers and route runners than they are as blockers in the running game and in max protect. Wulff said the staff had not decided where Cory Mackay will line up next season, on offense or defense, with tight end or defensive end seeming to be the two main possibilities. Mackay, standing 6-4, has added about 30 pounds since his high school days and now weighs in the 240-250 pound range. Thompson has played in 28 games over his WSU career.

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