September 8, 2008

Big Bodied Linebacker Commits to Huskies

The University of Washington picked up it's sixth commitment Saturday when Federal Way High School's Andru Pulu pledged to the Huskies. The big bodied 6-foot-2, 240-pound prospect committed, on the spot, to the Dawgs over Washington State, UNLV and Eastern Washington.

"Me, my dad and my brother went to watch the BYU game. At the end of the game, they took all of the recruits to a room. Coach [Tyrone] Willingham and couple of other coaches talked to us. A lady came up to me and told me Coach Willingham wanted to talk to me in his office," explained Pulu. "So we went up to his office. Coach Willingham couldn't make it, because he got caught up with a radio talk show. Coach [Chris] Tormey - he's the one that gave me the letter. A bunch of coaches were there. Coach [Randy] Hart asked me 'are you with us?', and I said yes. They started clapping and I hugged the coaches. My dad was happy, my brother was happy - just a happy atmosphere."

While Pulu is being recruited to Washington with the intention of playing linebacker for the Huskies, the possibility of playing defensive end at the next level has been left open.

"I don't mind where I play, I just want to play," said Pulu. I'm a hard hitting linebacker and I'm in on every play. I play to the whistle. This year, I'm focused mostly on my speed. I'm trying to get my speed up so I can stay at linebacker in college. I run around a 4.8 to 4.9 [40-yard dash]. I want to get it down to a 4.5 or 4.6."

Pulu has favored the Huskies for awhile, but wasn't necessarily expecting a Washington offer. With the location and coaching staff, becoming a Husky was a no-brainer for the first-team all-league player.

"U-Dub has been my favorite for awhile, but I didn't have the feeling that I was going to get an offer," explained Pulu. "I like Washington because it's close to my family, they don't have to go too far to watch my games. I really like Coach Willingham and the entire coaching staff. They're big on academics too and not just sports. Family was a main factor, plus I already knew a few other players that signed last year - Alameda [Ta'amu], Senio [Kelemete] and Everrette [Thompson]."

Although Pulu was disappointed that the Huskies lost to BYU, he came away impressed with the play of the young team.

"It was a disappointing game, I don't think they should have called the penalty on Jake Locker - I think they got cheated," expressed Pulu. "Oh yeah I liked what I saw. It's a young team. They're starting a lot of freshmen, and Jake Locker is only a sophomore, so they're going to be good. They played good for having a bunch of young players playing, so I was impressed. I think in a couple of years, U-Dub is going to be a good team, real solid."

Head Coach Tyrone Willingham's future at Washington becomes more and more uncertain with each added loss. Pulu had this to say when asked if his commitment would stay solid if Willingham was let go.

"That's a tough question, I don't know," said Pulu. "I like Coach Willingham a lot and I like U-Dub a lot. I would have to wait and see, but I think he's going to be there."

UDubSports would like to congratulate Andru Pulu on his commitment to the University of Washington.

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