Pellum, out of Norwalk, Calif., said he's been busy his first few days getting in some weightlifting work and running through skelly drills.
"I've spent the first days in the weightroom -- in high school I didn't really lift that many weights," said Pellum, who checks in at 5-9, 160-pounds. "I've got my locker, my equipment and workout gear. I'm good."
Pellum spent some of his spring and summer making sure he would be NCAA academically qualified.
"I had to work hard to get a couple grades up but I did it," said Pellum. "I arrived in town Sunday."
PELLUM SAID THE COUGS' SKELLY, short for 7-on-7 skeleton drills where the backs and receivers go against the linebackers and defensive backs, was an eye opening experience earlier this week, the cornerback going up against what is shaping up this season as a very deep and talented receiver corps.
"It's hard, they're faster, they're stronger and couple of them are a lot taller," laughed Pellum. "It's faster (paced), the quarterback gets the ball there quick. But I think I did pretty good for my first day."
Pellum said Husain Abdullah, Brian Williams and Michael Bumpus have been among those who offered a warm reception out of the gate.
"Michael Bumpus, he helped me out a lot in the weight room, I worked out with him. And I was out there with him on punt returns and he was helping me out on my returns, how to best judge the ball and stuff like that.
"On defense, (Williams) was helping me on corner and with my alignment. And Husain Abdullah has been helping me out on the plays..on the drills and my reads, and making sure I know everything. They've all helped me out a lot," said Pellum.
CORNER IS both a position where the staff has said they want to see improved play and also a spot that lends itself to a talented true freshman being able to contribute immediately. Pellum, who has had his nose in the defensive playbook since he arrived, said he has goals in mind that will require study and hard work. He also weighed in on his initial impressions of Washington State.
"Right now, I'm just learning all my plays," said Pellum. "Once camp comes, I want to be ready to go full speed. I want to know my plays like the veterans. I'm definitely going after a spot this year. I do want to play, I do want to be on the travel team, but I want to start as a true freshman. And it'll be hard, and you don't know if it's really going to happen, but it doesn't hurt to try. And it will only (make myself and others around me) better.
"I just like it here. It's a family oriented team, and the players are all nice, everyone is friendly. I really like it," said Pellum.