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Federal Way Eagles' Pulu will play football at University of Washington

Just four days after his Federal Way High School teammate Andre Barrington committed to play football at Washington State University, Andru Pulu did the football equivalent of the exact opposite — telling Tyrone Willingham he's going to play for the University of Washington in the fall.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound middle linebacker verbally committed to the Huskies on Saturday, the moment the school offered him a scholarship.

"It doesn't happen every day," Federal Way head coach John Meagher said about having two Division I recruits on his roster. "As a matter of fact, it (a Pac-10 scholarship) hasn't happened since I have been a head coach (11 seasons)."

Barrington, a 6-1, 200-pound running back/linebacker, verbally committed to play for the Cougars on Sept. 2.

The soft-spoken Pulu, along with Barrington, were huge reasons why the Eagles won their first South Puget Sound League North Division championship for the first time in 31 years a season ago.

"He talks with his pads," Meagher said. "His size and strength are very special for a high school football player."

Last season, Pulu racked up 62 tackles, which was second on the team behind Barrington, despite missing a game with an injury. He also had two tackles for losses and two fumble recoveries. As a sophomore, Pulu had 74 total tackles — including seven for losses, one sack and two fumble recoveries.

WashingtonPreps.com lists Pulu as the 26th-ranked senior recruit from Washington state and gives him two out of five stars. He was a first-team, All-SPSL North Division linebacker both his sophomore and junior seasons. Pulu was listed on every major preseason all-state team in Washington and dished out numerous big hits in the Eagles' season-opening loss to Auburn on Sept. 4 at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Pulu will most likely move onto the defensive line when he gets to the University of Washington. In fact, the Huskies list him as a defensive end.

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