Cougs locked in Pac-12 battle for CB

WITH ABOUT TWO weeks remaining before LOI Day, things are coming down to the wire for a three-star cornerback and WSU target. Committed to another Pac-12 school, he said his trip to Pullman now makes his final decision even more difficult.

Marcellus Pippins out of El Cerrito, Calif. made the most of his weekend.

"It went pretty well for me out there," he said. "I liked the people at Washington State and I enjoyed how it's a college town. The coaches were great too and they were very helpful throughout my trip."

Pippins entered his official visit committed to Utah. The 5-10, 175-pounder out of El Cerrito High said that remained the case, but added he's got some reflecting to do in the two weeks leading up to signing day.

"Utah is still my favorite, but I took this trip to Washington State because I committed to Utah and wanted to see if it was really where I wanted to go," Pippins said. "I'm still committed to them, but I'm going to sit down with my parents and think about this for the next few weeks."

Pippins already took his official visit to Utah back on Oct. 3 and said he was able to compare some things during his trip to Pullman.

"Both campuses were kind of the same, but the only difference was that Washington State is smaller," Pippins said. "That might actually be better for me because it's a safer community. They're both football towns though and I enjoyed both trips. I'm just going to have to sit down and evaluate the two schools before I make my pick come signing day."

While in Pullman, Pippins was hosted by cornerback Tracy Clark. The junior-to-be and Pippins made an instant connection.

"He was telling me it was good for me to come up there and experience Pullman for myself," Pippins said. "Tracy was showing me the ropes around campus and I liked what he was telling me. He's from Pittsburgh High, which is right where I'm from in the Bay Area. Because of that, the things he was telling me hold a lot of weight."

One of the venues Clark took Pippins to was Friel Court on Saturday night to see the Cougs take on Colorado. It was something Pippins enjoyed, but another activity on the way home was just as memorable.

"The highlight for me during my trip had to be going to the basketball game and having my first snowball fight," Pippins said with a laugh. "I've never been in snow like that before in my life. It was a completely different experience for me, but I had a lot of fun in it and I really didn't mind the weather up there."

Another highlight for Pippins was getting a tour of the new facilities that are being built on campus. Pippins was shown some of the new dorms that are being built and saw the renovations at Martin Stadium.

"We were in the press box and it's a lot bigger than it looks," Pippins said. "There's a great view up there of the field and the coaches were telling us how it was built right before their first game of the season. It was really impressive up there."

Before returning home to El Cerrito, Pippins also had a sit down with head coach Mike Leach.

"He told me it's a building program and community," Pippins said. "They're bringing in new facilities for the football team and the school is adding a lot of new stuff. Coach Leach wants me to come up there and be a part of the success. He said I can come up there and make a difference over the next few years."

The 79th ranked CB in the country by Scout.com said he will announce his final decision either on signing day, or a few days prior.

Pippins, who holds offers from UCLA, ASU, Fresno State, San Diego State and several others in addition to WSU and Utah, said he has no other official visits planned at this time and is down to the Cougs and Utes.

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