Cougs land second top 100 DB in 24 hours

GOOD NEWS IN THE secondary apparently comes in bunches for Washington State. No sooner had WSU landed top 100 prep safety Eric Block, who chose the Cougs over Stanford, than a top 100 prep cornerback decided he's heading to Wazzu rather than Arizona State. With letters of intent to be signed in less than two weeks, it appears the Cougs have few spots left to fill.

A long process finally paid off for Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) cornerback Romeo Pellum. After going longer than he had hoped without getting an offer, several schools offered him following his senior year in which he was named League Player of the Year and an all-CIF selection.

And his dream to play in the Pac-10 came to fruition on Wednesday.

"I committed to Washington State earlier tonight," said Pellum. "It was just the best place for me."

Pellum had visited Washington State the second weekend in January then last week took a visit to Arizona State. Pellum said his visit to Arizona State was a good one and the Sun Devil staff had an in-home visit with him on Tuesday night. But the affinity he had for Washington State, the relationship he built with head coach Bill Doba and secondary coach Ken Greene and a chance to earn playing time quickly ended up playing in the Cougars favor.

"The numbers were better at Washington State and I have a chance to play earlier there," said Pellum. "They also want me to return punts. Michael Bumpus will do it this year and then I will when he graduates.

The three-star prospect had one of the best seasons for a cornerback in California this past season and now will get to fulfill his goal of playing major college football.

"It's a relief," said Pellum. "I'm glad to get the process over with. My mom is real happy for me.

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