Pelluer in Beaver orbit

HE WAS INJURED much of last year and some think once he gets out on the gridiron for his senior year, his recruiting stock could soar. Cooper Pelluer was at Oregon State recently, ran a bunch of drills at two different positions and got some face time with Mike Riley.

Cooper Pelluer's trip to Corvallis was a couple weeks ago, where he ran through individual drills with linebackers and then switched off and went with the tight ends.

"I really like the coaching staff at Oregon State, they seem like a good group of guys who are very knowledgeable. I thought I did pretty solid and talked to coach Mike Riley for a while. He called me over and gave me some tips. They really liked my size and how I play, and they said they like how I come from a football family," said Pelluer.

The 6-3.5, 218-pounder out of Skyline High in Issaquah, Wash. has been earmarked by's Chris Fetters as one who is "going to break out big-time this fall."

Pelluer's mom also accompanied him on the trip to OSU.

"She loved it, my mom really liked the whole coaching staff down there and how they're really down to earth. I talked to coach Langsdorf and they said they're so short on (scholarships) but they said they have an offer for a linebacker and tight end. They said they're going to see as they go through the next month or two and let me know," said Pelluer.

PELLUER WILL BE at Washington State for two days later this week, on Wednesday and Thursday. His father, Scott, was a four-year starting linebacker for the Cougars and later played six seasons in the NFL.

Cooper said he's likely to line up at both linebacker and tight end at Washington State's camp, and most schools are recruiting him as an athlete.

Pelluer has yet to receive a scholarship offer but prep coach Mat Taylor has said that's primarily because he was injured last year and the number of other weapons Skyline had in '08. With Pelluer expected to gain more of a spotlight role this season, Taylor believes he'll draw significant Pac-10 interest once the season gets underway.

PELLUER HAS BEEN very busy this offseason, sandwiched between unofficial visits and school camps has been a ton of 7-on-7 workouts and tournaments with his Skyline team.

He's also been to a UW camp, and he'll be headed back to Seattle after his turn in the Palouse.

"My Skyline team and I went to UW this weekend and we won the tournament on Saturday," said Pelluer. "I'm also going to their camp this weekend, (on Friday). I've gotten the vibe they mostly want to see me in their camp, and then see how my senior year begins. I'm not too worried to see if or when they offer me, I'm patient."

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