Future Coug will see WSU up close Saturday

FUTURE COUG LINEBACKER Peyton Pelluer took an unofficial visit to WSU this past weekend and he plans on going to the Seattle Game on Saturday, too. For the fourth-generation Cougar who is racking up double digit tackle numbers per game at Skyline High this season, he also had an interesting take on the loss that put the Cougars at 2-2.

"I think it's a very valuable loss," said Peyton Pelluer. "And it doesn't change anything for me, I'm still a Coug. Coach (Jeff) Choate and I were talking about it and it really just was that they got complacent… it was a mindset thing, we didn't get after them on defense – Travis Long and Darryl Monroe were getting after them, but in the fourth quarter (as a team) we didn't get after them."

Pelluer (6-2, 225, 4.68) is averaging more than 10 tackles per game after his performance against Roosevelt for Skyline High (No. 1 in AP state poll.)

Pelluer will come to Washington State as a middle linebacker. Eric Russell along with Jeff Choate have run the recruiting point on Pelluer and although Pelluer verballed back in June to WSU over other Pac-12 schools like ASU and Colorado, the contact between Pelluer and Wazzu has continued at a voluminous pace.

"It's awesome," said Pelluer. "I saw Coach Russell before the game, Coach Russell and Coach Choate are mostly who I talk to, I keep in contact with them most. And I'm always getting a bunch of hand written letters from the WSU coaches -- 22 at a time, 25 at a time, I love that. That's been awesome."

Pelluer said his plan is to take his official visit to WSU sometime after the season, with Skyline having aspirations on yet another state title. And while the loss to Colorado was a stunner for Cougar Nation, Pelluer said it only helps steel the resolve for both he and fellow commit River Cracraft -- who was on official visit and with whom Pelluer was able to spend some quality time with this weekend.

"I'm still 100 percent along with River," said Pelluer. "I'm in on this ride with the rest of the Cougar family. Let's go!"

  • Peyton's father, Scott, was a standout Cougar linebacker in the late-70s/early-80s. Both his grandfather, John (Arnie) Pelluer, and great-grandfather, Carl Gustafson (Scott's mom's father), also played for the Cougs. John was an end for WSU from 1953-55 and Carl was a flanker from 1925-27 who won the Bohler Award in '27.

  • The younger Pelluer is a tackling machine -- 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. Both years he led the state (4A and 3A) in tackles. He was named preseason All-State by the Seattle Times this summer.

  • Skyline has won the state 4A title four of the past five years and has claimed six state championships overall (2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011).

  • Scout.com's Mike Coppage reports that WSU has offered Josh Thomas, a 6-7, 321-pound offensive tackle prospect out of Shreveport, Louisiana. He verballed to Houston back in April after having amassed double digit offers.

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