UCLA Watching Corner Prospect

A position of priority for UCLA in recruiting the class of 2007 is cornerback, wanting two give two scholarships to cornerbacks when it doesn't have many rides to give. A player UCLA is definitely watching is Romeo Pellum, the 5-11, 160-pounder from Santa Fe Springs, California...

UCLA has a commitment from cornerback Courtney Viney to fill one of the two slots available for cornerbacks in this class. They also have offers out to Donovan Warren, Eric Berry, Cedric Everson and Shane Vereen. Warren is a heavy USC lean and Berry isn't even listing UCLA, so Vereen and Everson are really the only two UCLA has a good shot with that they've offered.

Should they miss out on those two, UCLA could turn their focus to the next tier of prospects at cornerback. One player who falls into that category is Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) cornerback Romeo Pellum (5-11, 160).

"UCLA has started sending me letters and I called them this week and talked with coach (Dino) Babers on Tuesday," said Pellum. "They told me that they're only taking two corners this year and they're already taking Courtney. Coach Babers said he wants me to send them my first two games and they'll go from there."

And that's generally what he's been hearing from most of the schools recruiting him. Those first two games, against Victor Valley and Peninsula, could help trigger the first offer for Pellum.

"Utah, Oregon and Cal all said pretty much the same thing, that they're waiting to see my first couple of games," said Pellum.

Pellum said that UCLA and Utah were his favorite schools and he was planning to be at the Rose Bowl on September 2nd when the two teams square off in the opener.

"I'm going to visit Utah and if UCLA offers me, I'm going to take a trip there," said Pellum. "I'm trying to go up to Oregon next week to take an unofficial visit and I want to see Oregon State while I'm there. Cal has been sending me letters and I talked to Fresno State on Tuesday. I think its going to be a Pac-10 school where I go. If not a Pac-10 school, then Utah. My coach said that offers should come in after the first couple of games."

Pellum said that the indication he's received from Utah is that the recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coaches want to offer, but head coach Kyle Whittingham wants to evaluate a little more. "I talked to him myself and he said that he wants to wait and just see some more film," said Pellum.

Utah, UCLA, Cal and Oregon, where his uncle, Don Pellum, coaches, are the top schools for Pellum, with Washington, Washington State and Oregon also in the mix.

"I talk to Coach Yarbs (UW coach Eric Yarber) and he's a cool guy. So I'm looking at Washington. I still want to take a couple of trips before I decide," said Pellum. "I've been up to Oregon so I don't know if I want to waste a trip there."

Pellum said that he wasn't planning a decision too early in the season, unless Utah or UCLA were to offer him. "Really, I'm going to where I can play early and compete for a job," said Pellum. This spring and summer, Pellum attended the Scout.com Combine (he was a first team all-combine selection), the Stanford Nike Camp and the B2G Elite Football Program.

Last fall, when Pellum was at Gardena (Calif.) Serra, he had 32 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, six passes defensed and one touchdown scored.

Academically, Pellum has a 2.6 GPA and scored an 800 on the SAT (the two parts that the NCAA looks at), but he planned to take both the ACT and the SAT this fall.

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