WA ‘backer has Cougs on top in Pac-12 battle

COLORADO WAS THE first to offer. And he was pretty fired up when Arizona State recently offered a scholie, too. But it's another Pac-12 school that leads for the in-state middle linebacker prospect who has led the state (4A and 3A) in tackles each of the past two seasons.

Sammamish's Peyton Pelluer (6-2, 225, 4.68) has Washington State on top.

"I really like what they're doing over there," said Pelluer. "And I truly believe they're going to have success there...The situation over there with the players being comfortable with one another and the coaches, Coach Leach and the middle linebacker depth, that I have lots of friends that go there -- all of those things play into it, that they're my leading school right now."

Pelluer, out of Skyline High, said he is being recruited primarily by Jeff Choate, WSU's linebackers coach. He was over in Pullman this past Saturday to take in the Cougars' scrimmage.

"It was fun to watch," said Pelluer. "I love the coaches over there. I like the thought of standing in the middle of Martin Stadium.

"It was a fun experience. I talked with Coach Leach briefly during and after the practice, and I was able to sit on a linebacker meeting -- I was with Coach Choate most of the practice. The atmosphere was definitely fun..I can tell the guys are comfortable with one another and I think that's a good quality to take note of."

BUT PELLUER SAID he's not close to making a decision and that there are a number of items that will be important in his decision making process.

He holds offers from WSU, ASU, Colorado and Wyoming. And the two other Pac-12 schools definitely have him intrigued.

"Colorado was the first to offer, I haven't gotten a chance to look at Colorado or ASU up close like I have Washington State. But I'm pretty high on both of them. And I used to live in Arizona. ASU has a good program and i like the Colorado program, too.

THE SEATTLE TIMES named Pelluer Skyline's "unquestioned defensive leader" at the end of last season. Ya think? He racked up 122 solo stops on the year (and 153 total tackles) as a junior. His sophomore campaign, he logged 110 solo stops, with 176 total takedowns.

Each of the past two years, Pelluer has led the state in tackles (4A and 3A).

For his junior efforts he was named a first team All-State linebacker by both the Associated Press and the Times, and first team All-Conference. He was also tabbed the KingCo 4A and Skyline Defensive MVP in 2011.

Peyton Pelluer profile

  • Peyton's father, Scott Pelluer, was a Cougar linebacker in the late '70s/early '80s and a one-time color analyst on Cougar radio broadcasts. He also served as an assistant coach at UW. Peyton's grandfather, John (Arnie) Pelluer, played end for the Cougs from 1953-55. And, his great great grandfather, Carl Gustafson (Scott's mom's father), played flanker for the Cougs from 1925-27 and won the Bohler Award his final year on the Palouse. Two older brothers have also gone on to play college football, Cooper is at the UW and Tyler played at Montana.

  • Skyline, as is WSU, is moving to the 3-4 defense this season under a new defensive coordinator, (Don Bartel), formerly of Enumclaw.

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