Pelluer Says Interest In UO Is "Very High"

A true Northwest powerhouse that churns out top-flight football prospects with regularity year after year, Sammamish (WA) Skyline once again has a collection of talented players who will play Division I/FBS football in 2013. Two-star linebacker Peyton Pelluer is one of those players and he looks to be very busy this summer, hoping to add more offers while on the camp circuit.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No I do not."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"I've been talking to coach (Nick) Aliotti. We've talked on the phone and he definitely wants me to come down to a camp; one of the one day camps so he can work me out and see me in person. He did come up to our school, but I was gone that day, but he did come and visit the school. Mainly we've just been chatting and he wants me to come up to the camp."

Did he come to visit you during the evaluation period this month?

"Yes. That was last week, or one or two weeks ago."

And you are planning on attending the Oregon camp?

"Yes sir. I'm planning on going."

Is your conversations with coach Aliotti, what kinds of things have the two of you discussed?

"He projects me at the middle linebacker position. He saw my film and he said that he likes the way I play and he said he wants to take things slow with me. He said he doesn't like taking things fast with guys, so he said he'd like to see me in person and get a work out in with me and then we'll go from there."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I would say my interest is very high. If they offered me, I would consider them as much as any school. I mean obviously it's a top notch program and they're in the Northwest -- they're close, it's my home -- but other than that, it's just a really nice program and I'd be fortunate to play for them."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"From my position on defense as a linebacker, I'd say I'm that leader that commands on the defense and I'm productive; I always have a nose for the ball and I always want to get to the ball and I like to be physical. I like to toss around the running backs whenever I can and the linemen, but basically my strongest feature is definitely my leadership. I was a captain last year as a junior and this season, so leadership is a big part of what I do on defense and on the team. Other than that, I'm just a baller at heart, I like to get after the ball, force some fumbles, and just wreak havoc on defense."

Is a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?

"Definitely Ray Ray; Ray Lewis. I'm always watching his stuff. Actually, we just watched a speech on his pre-game for the Stanford basketball team. We watched that as a team for the first spring practice today and I think we've watched that before. I personally like to watch all his videos and his defense and just how he controls and talks to the defense. It's very inspiring and he's just a beast."

What are you looking for in a program?

"One of the main things is academics, obviously. As far as the football program and the college atmosphere, I have to see myself making an impact, I'm going in there and competing and then I have to see myself having a good relationship with the coaches -- coaches play a big part in my decision -- and just the overall atmosphere of the campus, of the town, and that's about it."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"Either business or engineering, but I haven't given it much serious thought."

What are the offers you currently hold from other programs?

"I have Arizona State, Washington State, Colorado, and Wyoming."

Are there any other schools you've been hearing a lot from, but have yet to offer you?

"I'd say Washington and Oregon State for the Northwest schools, but mainly just some Pac-12 schools. It would be ideal to stay in the Pac-12, but I'd go anywhere that is best for me."

Do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point?

"Out of the schools I've been offered by, I'd say Wazzu is up there with Colorado -- I was able to make it down to Boulder and I just love it there -- and then Arizona State is right in there. But as of right now, Wazzu and Colorado is kind of up. If any other school was to offer me, I would totally look at them to the best of my interest and if Oregon offered me, they'd definitely, definitely be up there right at the top."

As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"It's definitely going to get a little bit more busy. We've got a little Northwest elite camp where a bunch of Pac-12 schools coaching staff come and just kind of coach a mixed camp here in Washington. Other than that, probably the Washington camp and other than that, just kind of keeping my eyes and ears open. Also, I forgot to tell you, I've been talking to Stanford. Their coach came by last week and they said that I'm on their board and that if they need me to come down to camp then they'll definitely tell me, but as of right now, they don't want me to waste my money if I'm not moving up on that board...I took and unofficial to Boulder and watched (Colorado's) spring game and then a Junior Day to Pullman and then a trip to Pullman for one of their scrimmages."

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