Cougs hold edge on California corner

BOTH OF WASHINGTON STATE'S starting corners this season are graduating. And three of the next four on the depth chart will be seniors in 2007. That means young corners coming into the program are going to have an opportunity to see the field sooner rather than later -- a fact not lost on prep prospect Romeo Pellum.

The 5-10, 163-pounder from the Los Angeles area says he is slated for an official visit to Pullman on Jan. 12 and rates WSU a slight leader for him over Utah.

Pellum, who has a self-reported 40 time of 4.4, hails from Santa Fe Springs -- the same town that produced Cougar running back Dwight Tardy.

"Those two (WSU and Utah) are the leaders but Washington State has Utah by a little bit," said Pellum. "Coach (Ken) Greene is a good guy, I believe he put three guys in the NFL in the last 4-5 years at corner and another one (Tyron Brackenridge) is going this year. I have a chance to go there and compete to start so I know I can see the field -- I'm real competitive and I know I can earn my spot."

WSU and Utah have been by for in-home visits, with coaches George Yarno and Greene on point for the Cougs.

"Coach Yarno, who's recruiting me for Washington State, is a good guy," said Pellum. "Coach Greene, if I went there, I think he would help me out a lot, get me better, get me to the NFL which is my goal."

Cougar head coach Bill Doba is scheduled to make an in-home in January.

Interest in Pellum is increasing as Signing Day draws closer, and not just from the Cougs.

"There's Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Oregon State, New Mexico, Washington -- there are a lot of schools that I'm talking to right now," said Pellum, who holds offers from Washington State, Utah and Weber State. "Most are telling me they need to see my film. I'm going to try to get that out this week."

Pellum's uncle, Don, is an assistant at Oregon, and Romeo was in Las Vegas recently to watch the Ducks' bowl loss to BYU.

"I'm high on their (the Ducks') list but they have a couple other guys and I don't have an offer yet, we'll see what happens in January," said Pellum.

What all is Pellum looking for in a college?

"Someplace that I like with a good campus where I'll be safe, where I can get a good major, someplace that has a good criminal justice program," said Pellum. "And where I get along with the coaches and players, where I can have a chance to compete my freshman year."

This past season Pellum racked up 58 tackles (35 solo), had 11 pass deflections and a head-turning four field goal blocks. He picked off three balls and recovered a fumble. On offense, he pulled in 40 catches for 916 yards, rushed 20 times for 220 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, including one on a kick return.

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