Recruiting: WSU going hard after in-state 4-Star LB out of Sumner who could be Pelluer 2.0

BACK WHEN Peyton Pelluer signed with WSU in 2013, few knew he would lead the Cougs in tackling two of the last three years. Now, though, the Cougar coaches are eyeing his potential replacement in the 2018 class, who happens to be a 4-star in-state standout. Two WSU coaches are recruiting him hard and haven’t minced words in letting him know he could be Pelluer 2.0.

The WSU interest in Sumner’s Ben Wilson has continued to heat up at a steady pace. 

The Sumner High product told this week he’s been in close contact with area recruiter Eric Mele and inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson. Both have made it clear they want him in crimson. 

“They’re always sending me stats and all the fun stuff surrounding the program and school,” Wilson said. “I’ve been enjoying it. Right now, there’s a great connection with Coach Mele and Coach Wilson. It’s been fun getting to know them.”

Ben, who has an older sister getting ready to wrap up her freshman year at WSU, will be out on the Palouse in a couple of weeks for a junior day event.

“I’ll be there on April 1,” he said. “It’ll be cool to go out and check out a practice. My sister is up there now, so I try and go visit every once in a while.

“With WSU, I like that it reminds be a bit of Sumner. It’s all kind of in the middle of nowhere. Everyone is a Coug fan over there. It’s just fun. Everyone is nice and the experience is great. The football team is one big family. The players are like sons for the coaches, which is really cool.”

Throughout his recruitment, the senior-to-be linebacker has racked up 12 offers. He’ll be visiting TCU in the coming days, before heading to Pullman next weekend. He’s already thinking about the WSU practice where he’ll be keying in on one player in particular.

“The coaches like my speed and athleticism,” Wilson said. “They tell me I replicate Peyton Pelluer. I’m a sideline to sideline kind of defender and I also cover the pass pretty well.”

Following his WSU trip, Wilson said he’s hoping to visit Louisville and is also trying to schedule an unofficial visit to Cal. He’s been offered by both schools, as well as Arizona, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt and others.

“I kind of have an idea (of when I’ll commit), but I’m probably going to wait it out,” Wilson said. “I’m thinking maybe closer to National Signing Day. I just want to make sure I make the right decision. I’m letting everything flow right now.”

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• Another linebacker for Coug fans to keep an eye on is 3-star OL Jacob Isaia. The Bishop Gorman (Vegas) hoss landed an offer from WSU earlier this week. He's also got tenders from BYU, Michigan State, Minnesota, UCLA, Utah, Kansas State and many others. 

• One recruit WSU fans won't be watching in crimson is 4-star QB Colson Yankoff. On Wednesday night, the Coeur D'Alene signal caller gave UW his verbal commitment.

• With Yankoff off the board, one player WSU figures to zone in on is 3-star QB Cammon Cooper, who is planning on visiting WSU during his spring break. The lefty's recruitment has been heating up this spring. 

• ICYMI, late last week, the Cougars extended an office to wide receiver Bryce Wheaton, out of North Carolina. In addition to WSU, Wheaton also holds an offer from Georgia State.

• Speaking of WRs, did you see this photo River Cracraft posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday? Below is Cracraft and Falcons QB Matt Ryan. Ryan threw for Cracraft on Monday and Tuesday this week at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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