2 prospects w/ deep WSU ties talk recruiting

MERCER ISLAND -- Two Seattle-area football prospects, both holding scholarship offers from the school where their dads were standout crimson athletes, each said Friday in between drills at the Northwest Elite Football Camp that he's in no rush to a make decision on college. Though one of them said a 37-minute phone conversation with Mike Leach the other day didn't hurt the Cougars' chances.

Skyline High's Peyton Pelluer, the No. 59-ranked middle linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com, said it would be nice to make his decision sooner rather than later but has no precise timeframe in mind. Meanwhile, Newport High quarterback Isaac Dotson said he's in no rush to commit after earning MVP honors at the Elite Camp in front of the slew of college coaches who helped put more than 650 high school ballplayers through drills at Mercer Island Island High School.

Dotson, the son of 1980s WSU wrestling standout Michael Dotson, is being recruited as an athlete by WSU and could project as a college QB, defensive back or receiver. WSU is his lone Pac-12 offer, but he said he's receiving interest from a host of conference schools, including UCLA, UW, Stanford and Oregon State.

While WSU is recruiting Dotson as an athlete, he said that with quarterback Tyler Bruggman of Phoenix' Brophy Prep expected to decide soon between ASU and WSU, he is waiting to see if the nature of his Cougar offer would change, to quarterback from athlete, should Bruggman go with the Sun Devils. He said he would like to play quarterback at the next level but he plans to continue improving his football pedigree by becoming more versatile. That means he plans to play more safety this coming season to showcase his athleticism.

Dotson said he has no timetable for deciding when he will be making his decision on college.

Pelluer said he'd ideally like to have his decision made before the new season starts. Besides WSU, he holds offers from WSU, ASU, Colorado and Wyoming.

Pelluer hinted that his deep crimson ties might also play a part in his final decision. His dad Scott was a star Cougar linebacker in the late '70s and early '80s before going on to a six-year career in the NFL. But that's just the start of the family tree. His grandpa and great-grandpa also played for the Cougs.

"I would say I'm probably leaning a little towards WSU," the younger Pelluer said. "They're close to home. I'd be a fourth generation Coug and I'm really excited for what they are going to get going there."

But the Buffaloes aren't far behind at this point, he added.

"Colorado is right up there with them."

And he's of course open to other offers. Washington could be the most intriguing possibility out there, because his brother Cooper currently plays for the Dawgs and the family has a long history at Montlake, where uncle Steve was a star QB in the ‘80s and father Scott was an assistant football coach in two different stints.

WSU linebackers coach Jeff Choate and special teams guru Eric Russell were both at the Elite Camp on Friday. They have been running point on Pelluer's recruitment, but it was head coach Mike Leach who recently weighed in.

"I had a 37-minute conversation with him just the other day," Pelleur said. "They were on a coaches retreat and we were just talking why he was thinking I need to be a Coug … It was fun listening to him."

"I wish there was a definite timeframe," he said of when he plans to make his final decision. "It would be nice to get it out of the way before my senior season but you never know when those other offers are going to come."

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