Spokane's Dunn 'blown away' by WSU weekend

AS FAMILIAR AS he is with the Washington State program, as many times as he's been on the WSU campus, you might not think Spokane's Aaron Dunn would have come out of his official visit weekend blown away by all things crimson. But, for the guy who remains the earliest verbal commit in program history, that turned out to be exactly the case.

"This weekend was so much fun, I was just blown away by it," said TE Aaron Dunn (6-6.5, 235, 4.79). "I loved it. It was awesome."

One of Dunn's primary aims this weekend was to spend time with the true and redshirt freshmen Cougs and to gauge the collective attitude and belief -- if they still feel as strongly as they did earlier this year that WSU is on the upswing and ready to turn things around starting next year. Among those he sought out were Travis Long, Gino Simone and Jeff Tuel.

"I talked to Gino a lot, and to Travis and Jeff, and they were really excited for the future," said Dunn. "They're super competitive and they're super driven. They said, 'Next year we're going to a bowl game,' and they have high expectations. And I like that a lot."

Dunn was hosted by Long. Both from Spokane, (Dunn out of Mead High, and Long from Gonzaga Prep), they've become close friends over the past few years and Long, Dunn told CF.C earlier, was a guy he could count on to "give it to me straight."

"And Travis told me that looking back on it, he wouldn't want to be anywhere else -- this is the place he wants to be," said Dunn. "He believes that this is the place where we're... going to win a Pac-10 championship."

DUNN SPENT CONSIDERABLE time this weekend talking with head man Paul Wulff, tight ends coach Rich Rasmussen and offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy.

"Coach Sturdy and coach Razz, we all sat down...we talked about the offense and how I would fit in," said Dunn. "And then later on coach Razz and me watched some of my film and broke it down. That was really good, I learned a lot from that.

"Coach Sturdy actually likes to use the tight ends on offense a lot. He likes to use more than one, and a lot of sets, and he thinks I can help a lot, with being physical and also in being a downfield threat. I can do it all in his offense, and that was nice to hear."

"My dad and I both sat down with coach Wulff this morning...he talked about how, no doubt about it, this program is on the way up, he's going to fix it -- he just said, 'We're going to win...no matter what.' And that was really cool to hear. He is really confident that they're going to win, and no matter what."

ASKED IF HE shared the same conviction after this weekend, Dunn answered in the affirmative.

"I do because in spending time with the guys, not only the seven recruits that were there, but the freshman, the redshirt freshmen and all of the players who were there, they all believe it," said Dunn. "They're going to win. Nobody has any doubts.

"I feel really good after spending time with the guys, with Gino, Travis, Jeff and all the players. They know that the plan is in place and they just need to follow it. They just need more good athletes, and then they're going to win. "

Dunn verbally committed to Paul Wulff and Washington State shortly after his sophomore year in high school, back in early July '08.

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