Max Hersey hadn't heard the news Sunday that Washington State coach Paul Wulff would be retained but after being informed the University Place (Wash.) Curtis tight end was pleased because he said he loves the coaching staff in Pullman.
Hersey, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect, committed to the Cougars in February and has stuck by them despite another struggling season which saw Washington State finish 2-10 and 1-8 in the Pac-10.
"That's good to hear," Hersey said of the Wulff decision. "I love all the coaches at WSU especially coach Wulff, coach (Mike Levenseller) and coach (Rich Rasmussen) the tight ends coach.
"I love all those guys. They told me they're building a program and I wanted to be a part of it. I always wanted to be a part of the WSU football team. They took me under their wing and they helped me out throughout the recruiting process early."
One of the big reasons Hersey committed to Washington State was because Wulff talked extensively with him about competition and being a part of a rebuilding program.
Hersey bought in and said he's sticking with the Cougars even though they're going through tough times.
"That's one of the things that coach Wulff told me is that they're always competing throughout every practice," Hersey said.
"The main thing is to compete. He wants all of his guys competing which makes all the practices fun."
It seems that whatever happens with the coaching staff, though, Hersey plans to stick with Washington State.
Many of his family members and friends went to school in Pullman and Hersey said he's always wanted to play there. It's even better news that Wulff is staying for at least one more season.
"I've always wanted to go to WSU," Hersey said. "My family and everyone went there so I was born into it."