Future Cougar gives Pullman trip high marks

HE'S BEEN GOING to Cougar games in Pullman since he was a kid. His parents have talked about the crimson and gray for as long as he can remember. He was there in November when Kevin Lopina, Louis Bland, Jared Karstetter and Nico Grasu made the Apple Cup one to remember. He has talked at length with WSU coaches. And yet, his trip to Pullman last weekend for a Junior Day gathering knocked him out.

From talking football with his future position coach to spending time with the other recruits who were in town, Aaron Dunn scored his unofficial visit to WSU a 10 out of 10.

"I had an unbelievable trip," said the 6-6 1/2, 235-pound tight end from Spokane's Mead High. "It was awesome."

Among the highlights: sitting down with WSU tight ends coach Rich Rasmussen and delving into a few of the intricacies of the Cougar offense.

"It was great -- meeting the guys, the basketball game, the tour, everything was just awesome," said Dunn, who last July became the earliest verbal commit in WSU football history.

"I also got to talk a lot with coach (Travis) Niekamp. (He's) always been a cool guy but I got to talk to him while we were on the tour quite a bit and that was fun."

Dunn's parents, WSU graduates, accompanied him to Pullman.

"My parents had only met coach (Paul) Wulff before so they got to meet the other coaches which was good. They just loved all the coaches," said Dunn.

Dunn also made it a point to spend time with a number of the 20-plus prep prospects who were on hand.

"I liked all the other recruits that were there, I got to talk to quite a few of them and I liked them all...one kid that struck me, he was so big, was Ben Riva from O'Dea. He's huge. Massive," said Dunn.

Dunn also said he and fellow Cougar verbal John Fullington of Mason County got along famously.

"So I already have some chemistry with another kid in my class," said Dunn.

Last fall, Dunn was in the stands for the double overtime victory over Washington in the Apple Cup. Saturday, he witnessed the frantic ending of Washington State's 51-49 hoops win over Arizona State.

"It was crazy.... Everybody just exploded," said Dunn.

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