Cal working overtime on Dunn to switch

RECRUITING DOESN'T STOP after a verbal commitment -- nothing is final until they sign in February. And Cal and Jeff Tedford have set their sights on Cougar commit Aaron Dunn, a 4-start tight end rated No. 8 in the nation at his position. Dunn became the earliest verbal in Washington State history last year, pledging crimson in the summer before his junior season. How hard is Cal pursuing him?

Pretty hard. Cal has offered, they were at Dunn's game on Friday (a 58-3 Mead win over Rogers) and they've told him they're not going to give up on him.

Dunn says he's flattered by the offer from Cal but that it didn't change anything with respect to his verbal commitment to Washington State.

Dunn said Cal still wants him to take an official visit to Berkeley though he's undecided on if such a trip would take place.

"I'm not going to take my WSU visit until after football and they're obviously my No. 1 priority," said Dunn, who verballed to WSU in July of '08. "The main thing for me is I want to play early and I want to win."

THE COUGS AND DUNN talk every week, he said. WSU tight ends coach Rich Rasmussen is Dunn's future position coach but Dunn has also formed a strong bond with Chris Ball, area recruiting coach.

"We talk about how they're getting it turned around," said Dunn. "They had seven freshmen playing at one time this year... Their young guys are playing well -- I know Travis Long really well, and he's played very well.

"Coach Ball, Travis and I over the past few years, we've gotten pretty close...I've known Travis from way back and I know what kind of person he is. And I really like watching him play, he's doing great. Dan Spitz is playing really well too. He's gaining weight -- I talk to him every now and then, too, and he told me he's getting bigger and hopefully next year will be up around 300," said Dunn.

COMPLETE STATISTICS ON Dunn's season available at press time but he has a good number of catches for a Mead team that is far and away a running ball club. Defensively, Dunn estimated he's had five sacks in six games.

"It's going really well, we're 4-2 and I think I've played well in all six games," said Dunn.

Dunn has also gotten a close-up look at future Cougar QB Connor Halliday, squaring off in Week 3 when Mead lost to Ferris 28-10. The two knew each other prior, and they've stayed in touch.

"Connor Halliday is playing really, really well. I talk to him every now and then," said Dunn.

Because of his athleticism, the Cougs have talked to Dunn about certain sets and situations where they might flex him out wide. Dunn said he can imagine in the future a 6-6.5 tight end matched on a corner down inside the red zone and Halliday hitting him for six.

"I would obviously be okay with that," Dunn said.

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