So why the heck is Aaron Dunn ignored?

JUST CALL IT THE great, mind-numbing snub. The No. 9 rated high school tight end in the nation who last week was tabbed the No. 200 overall prospect in the land by analysts was not -- repeat, NOT -- picked by the Seattle Times as one of the elite football talents in the state of Washington in this recruiting cycle.

Adding to the curiousness of it all is that the Times, which came out Sunday with its annual assessment of homegrown talent, claims it factored ratings by into its selection of the "blue chippers."

If that's the case, you'd think the 6-foot-6 1/2 Aaron Dunn, who has been verbally committed to WSU since he was high school sophomore, would have been a slam dunk for the blue list.


Scout analysts says there is one 5-star prospect in the state -- BYU-bound quarterback Jake Heaps of Skyline -- and four 4-star prospects: Dunn, the Pride of Spokane and Mead High; UW-bound DT Sione Potoae of Lakewood; UW-bound OL Colin Porter of Bothell; and UW-bound LB Chris Young of Auburn.

All but Dunn made the Times' blue-chip list.

How he was relegated to red-chip status by the Times ranks right up there with Marcus Trufant being excluded in 1999, Brandon Gibson in 2005, and Travis Long last year.

Or maybe it's even worse than those glaring omissions, because Dunn has been on the major college recruiting radar since he was a freshman in high school. His work on the football field and basketball court has been generating oohs and aahs in the GSL since he was 14-friggin-years-old.

His potential is so great that Cal coach Jeff Tedford absolutely positively refused to take no for an answer this fall when Dunn kept reiterating his verbal allegiance to WSU. The calls coming from Berkeley were numerous and dogged.

One long-time Spokane coach who has watched Dunn from across the field told CF.C recently that "he's as good a prospect as I've ever seen in this area and we've sent a ton of kids to the Pac-10, Notre Dame and elsewhere over the years. Dunn is big, almost freakishly athletic and a great student."

If that's not blue chip, I don't know what is.

So be it. If Dunn must follow in the footsteps of Trufant, Gibson and Long on the Times' roster of great misses, the bet here is that Paul Wulff won't mind at all.


  • All six in-staters who have verbally committed so far to WSU in this recruiting cycle were included in the Times' list of 18 red chippers. They are Dunn, receiver Blair Bomber of Lynden, quarterback Connor Halliday of Spokane; lineman John Fullington of Belfair; lineman Jake Rodgers of Spokane, and lineman Maxx Forde of Woodinville.

  • Since 1998, eight incoming Cougars have been accorded blue chip status by the Times: Gino Simone in 2009; Kevin Freitag and Marshall Lobbestael in 2007; Andy Mattingly in 2006; Kenny Alfred in 2005; Andy Roof in 2004; Cody Boyd in 2002; and Jeremey Williams in 1999.

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