Will another Pelluer decide to go crimson?

INSIDE LINEBACKER PEYTON PELLUER out of Sammamish's Skyline High has a WSU offer and if he goes crimson, he would become the fourth member of his family to play for the Cougs. Here's the latest on his recruitment..

Peyton Pelluer, (6-2, 225, 4.68) who has led the state in tackles each of the past two seasons (4A and 3A), said both WSU linebackers coach Jeff Choate and special teams coach Eric Russell are in on his recruitment for Wazzu.

"Coach Russell, he was at my school this week," said Pelluer. "Coach Choate and Coach Ruseell the coaches I keep most in contact with… WSU is the school I'm talking to the most.

"I talk with Coach Choate once a week. We keep in close contact. I like the WSU coaches, and I feel like I'm building a strong connection with them."

Pelluer has been a tackling force for Skyline. he posted 122 solo stops as a junior (153 total tackles) and the year previous, his sophomore campaign, he logged 110 solo stops, with 176 total tackles.

"Washington State, they have a plan for me at middle linebacker. They want me to be a leader on the defense," said Pelluer.

PELLUER HAS OFFERS from Wazzu, Colorado, ASU and Wyoming. He's been to Washington State on a couple of occasions this spring for a junior day and a spring practice and spent some time talking with Mike Leach. He recently also took an unofficial to Boulder.

"It was good, I liked it and was glad I went," said Pelluer. "I got a good grasp of what was going on down there, a good overall grasp of the program and campus."

Pelluer has WSU as his leader but doesn't anticipate making his choice for a while. He wants to be sure and unofficially visit ASU, something that is probably more likely to happen in June than this month.

"I want to see ASU because that will allow me to weigh the schools – I've seen Washington State and Colorado but I haven't been able to see ASU yet… and then there's also always the possibility of more offers with June and the camps coming up, you never know what you're going to get in the next couple months," said Pelluer.

Pelluer plans on taking part in a one-day camp at Oregon, the Ducks having asked him to come down so they can decide if they want to offer. There's a possibility he'll also take part in the UW camp.

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's basically kinda letting me do it on my own. He says, ‘Do what's best for you,' and he'll give me input here and there. He's been around it all so he knows when to step in and give me some advice. He's been the biggest helper in my decision," said the younger Pelluer.

  • Skyline is moving to the 3-4 defense this season.

  • 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 Washington State from 1925-27 and won the Bohler Award his final year out on the Palouse. Two older brothers have also gone on to play college football, Cooper is at the UW and Tyler played at Montana.

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