Cougs offer 'rowdy' Cali linebacker

WASHINGTON STATE ON Monday offered a 6-2, 225 pound inside linebacker prospect known to get a little extra rowdy out on the gridiron. As a junior, he cruised past the 100-tackle mark and kept right on going.

"Washington State just offered me today," Tanner Vallejo told CF.C "They said they liked my film, that they could tell I was a rowdy player out there…. and they encourage that. They said they also liked my toughness." (see below for video clips)

Vallejo racked up 150 tackles as a junior, with five forced fumbles, three interceptions and three sacks. He was named first team All-Sierra Foothill League, the SFL co-MVP on defense and first team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee.

He's also a strong performer in the classroom.

"I feel like I can fill the holes pretty well, hit them hard and I can take on the linemen pretty well...but I still have a lot of work to do to (fill my potential) I don't want to have anything given to me, I want to work for it and be the best player I can be," said Vallejo.

VALLEJO SAID HE hasn't had time to finalize his summer unofficial visit schedule but he plans on making several trips. His working plan is to visit WSU, BSU, UA and ASU between the time school gets out and summer comes to a close.

Vallejo said Washington State is a new school on his radar, having just got in touch this past weekend through Facebook. A couple days later, the Cougs put an offer on the table, his third from the Pac-12.

He has full rides from Washington State, Arizona, Colorado, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and others, with UA and BSU recruiting him the hardest to date, he said.

VALLEJO IS RANKED the No. 37 MLB prospect in the country and three stars by Scout.com, though his best fit in a 3-4 defense might be at the WIL. All schools are recruiting him at linebacker, he said.

Distance, he said, will not be a factor.

"I can see myself going across the country... playing at Miami for example would be the same for me as playing at Cal Berkeley," said Vallejo.

Tanner Vallejo profile

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