BREAKING: 6-foot-6 Westside hoss goes WSU

HE CAMPED AT Washington State last summer and impressed mightily. He also has a good deal in common with Aaron Dunn, the first member of Paul Wulff's 2010 class -- he's athletic and he gets after people on both offense and defense. And on Monday, John Fullington, who had been a Husky fan his whole life, went crimson.

Fullington (6-6, 270) grew up a Husky fan but he verbally committed to the Cougars and Wulff this morning.

"I had pretty much decided probably a week and a half ago, I just talked to coach Wulff this morning and (committed) at 9:30 a.m. I really like that it's a college town. And I really like the Cougar coaches and that they recruit on character..they really get to know the person," said Fullington.

Fullington last summer was one of those 6-5, 245-pound DE/TE type guys Wulff places a premium on in recruiting. But now checking in at 6-6, 270, he'll likely come to Washington State in 2010 as an offensive tackle.

"I'm going to really work on my speed and keep my weight up and work on my hands...maybe I'll play defensive end or tight end but most likely it will be at tackle," said Fullington.

AT NORTH MASON, Fullington competes in Class 2A but how he would fare against higher competition was answered at Wazzu's summer camp this past June.

"After the last day, I was walking back with the team and all the WSU coaches came over and shook my hand and said they really liked what they saw and that I did some really good things out there. Coach (Mike) Levenseller I guess has really been keeping in touch with my coach, coach (Phil) Pugh since and they've been talking quite a bit."

Fullington chose WSU over interest from, among others, Oregon State, Stanford, Notre Dame, Duke and Oregon. The Ducks had recently told Fullington they would be offering him soon.

"I've been on the WSU campus a couple times and I really liked it -- versus Seattle where I don't really like the city. I'm not a huge city guy, I like more the college atmosphere," said Fullington.

Like Dunn, Fullington plays with a sense of urgency and gets after people out on the gridiron. He's thicker than Dunn at 270 pounds but Washington State's first two members of the class are both physical and very athletic -- Fullington also stars on North Mason's hoops team and in track and field.

During his junior campaign, Fullington had 21 catches for 313 yards (14.91 avg.) with three touchdowns during the regular season. Defensively, he had 52 tackles with four sacks and a blocked field goal.

Fullington helped fuel drive North Mason's drive to a preliminary round game this past season, falling just short of the state playoffs. As a junior, he was named first team All-Nisqually Olympic League on both sides of the ball, at tight end and defensive end. He also was named All-West (Puget) Sound on defense by the Kitsap Sound.

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