March 15, 2008

Getting to know signee Skylar Stormo

Skylar Stormo was the first recruit that Paul Wulff landed as the Cougars' head coach. The 6-foot-4, 227-pound two-way standout from Mukilteo (Wash.) Kamiak verbally committed to Washington State just days after Wulff came to Pullman.

"Skylar is one of those players you can't have enough of in your program," Coach Wulff said on signing day. "He's a blue-collar, hard-working type of guy that is going to compete and outwork everybody. He's going to bring a lot of energy to every practice, every piece of workout we do.

"Skylark has enough ability to help us as a tight end or defensive end. He's just going to bring a lot of things to the team."

We caught up with Stormo on Sunday evening and asked him a variety of questions as part of our series of Q&A's with the Cougars' 2008 signees.

What was it that really made Washington State stand out in your recruiting process?

Skylar Stormo: "They reached out to me and they were the first to offer me. When Coach Wulff came to my house, it really sold me on wanting to go there."

What impresses you most about head coach Paul Wulff?

"He is kind of young, and he has done well in the past. I think it is easy to buy in to what he says. He is trying to build the program with character. And he wants to win, which is something that I obviously want to do."

What will you bring to the Washington State football program?

"I'll bring hard work. I like to earn everything. I don't expect anything to be handed to me. I am going to go there, work hard and get the job done."

Who has been the biggest influence in your life as far as football is concerned?

"Definitely my high school coach, Dan Mack. He actually got me into all this recruiting. I didn't believe it back when I was a freshman. But he kept telling me that I had a chance to play at the next level. So he really influenced me."

What is your most memorable moment on the football field so far in your career?

"Probably last year when we went to state. We had a pretty good team. We ended up bowing out pretty early but the whole regular season was great. It was a great group of guys and I had a lot of fun."

How would you describe your personality off the football field?

"I get it done in the classroom. After school I am in the weight room a lot. I just do what is best for me. I don't mess around too much. I like to play it smart."

What are some of your other hobbies outside of football?

"Not really, I am almost always focused on football or basketball. It takes up most of my time."

What is your favorite kind of food?

"I am a big fan of Teriyaki"

What is your favorite TV show?

"Any kind of sports game, football or basketball"

Do you have a favorite movie?

"I love Gladiator"

Do you have a pre-game ritual or tradition?

"I always listen to Metallica before football games."

What was the best part of the recruiting process?

"Probably just finally getting an offer and knowing that I will get a chance to play college football next year. That was the highlight."

What was the worst part of the recruiting process?

"I went to a lot of camps and I didn't hear much back from a bunch of teams so that was a little discouraging."

Do you have any messages for Washington State fans?

"I'm glad to be a Coug. When fall camp begins, I'll try to get it done."

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