Semper Fi: Peyton Pelluer

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline linebacker Peyton Pelluer discusses his Semper Fidelis All-American Week experience and gives the latest on his Washington State commitment...

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline linebacker Peyton Pelluer is in Southern California for this week's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, where he is playing alongside some of the country's top talent.

"It's been a blast coming out here with all of these guys, who are some of the best in the country. It's really been a true honor and it's been a lot of fun getting to know these guys and get to bond with them, play some ball with them," he said.

An added perk to the All-American Game? The chance to spend some time with future Washington State teammates.

"I got to meet the other Washington State commits, Paulo Lepua and Daquawn Brown, and we got to talking. It's definitely cool to have other commits out here. There are a lot of Pac-12 guys, and it's always nice to play against people you know. It's nice that I'm getting to know guys I'll play against and with. It's a cool deal we get to know each other now," he said.

Though a bit of controversy surrounded the Cougars program over the course of the season, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete wasn't deterred.

"They did what they had to do, weed out some guys. I didn't expect anything. People just thought Coach Mike Leach was some magic head coach and it's a testament to show that you have to work in order to get wins. I'm hoping that when I get there, I can help instill that in other guys and get those wins," he said.

Pelluer's main recruiters have been special teams coordinator Eric Russell and former linebackers coach, Jeff Choate. Though the latter left the program for UTEP, Pelluer isn't too worried about who will be the replacement coach.

"I'm waiting to see who they are bringing in to be the new linebackers coach, but I'm confident that they will bring in someone just as good as Coach Choate, if not better," he said.

The Cougars' staff has maintained consistent contact with Pelluer and have spoken with him about their plans for incorporating him into both the defense and on special teams.

"I've had an in-home with Coach Russell and with the defensive coordinator, Coach [Mike] Breske, so I know there is definitely some room for me to play early. There is not a lot of depth at my position, so they would like me to play early on special teams and at linebacker, and that's what I hope to hear," he said.

The linebacker's commitment is still very solid and he plans to take his official visit to Pullman on January 18th.

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