UPDATED: Cougs land in-state middle 'backer

MIKE LEACH SAID from the time he arrived in Pullman that the Evergreen State would be a critical part of the Cougs' recruiting focus. On Monday, Washington State and Leach landed their third verbal commit from the state, a tackling machine of a middle linebacker and a fourth- generation Cougar.

Sammamish's Peyton Pelluer called an end to his recruiting process on Monday.

"There is some big news, I'm a Coug!" Pelluer told Cougfan.com. "I felt like there needed to be another Coug in the Pelluer family."

Out of Skyline High, Pelluer (6-2, 225, 4.68) has been a prolific tackler his first two years in high school. He posted 122 solo stops as a junior (153 total tackles) and the year previous, his sophomore campaign, logged 110 solo stops, with 176 total tackles.

Pelluer's future position coach Jeff Choate along with special teams coach Eric Russell were the driving force behind his commitment to the Cougs.

"Coach Choate was very important, he recruited the heck out of me," said Pelluer. "I had an awesome relationship right off the bat with him and all the coaches. I was able to see him and talk to him a lot, so I had a great basis to make my decision with him and Coach Russell," said Pelluer.

Pelluer held offers from Pac-12 schools ASU and Colorado, as well as Wyoming. He is ranked the No. 59 MLB prospect and two stars by Scout.com.

His father Scott was a standout Cougar linebacker in the late-70s/early-80s, and both his grandfather and great-grandfather played for the Cougs.


"Really, it was just the fact I felt really comfortable, that everyone in Pullman is one big family. And I felt really comfortable with the coaches at Washington State."

"I got a lot of feedback from the (Gino and Jordan) Simones', and they told me Coach Choate was one of their favorites too. And if they like him I knew I would too. I'm excited for the future we have together."

"Coach Choate sees me as the true middle linebacker, taking control of things and that's something I take pride in, I want to be the commander on the defensive side of the ball."

"I'll be out there at Washington State multiple times this summer."

"My dad was happy for me, he told me he would happy with whatever choice I made. He was my biggest supporter along with my mom, and my mom went to WSU too. So I already have my two biggest fans."

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