Skyline duo high on WSU

PEYTON PELLUER

IT'S EARLY IN his recruiting process but Skyline linebacker Peyton Pelluer has a leader. And another Skyline prospect, 6-1, 190-pound ATH Nic Sblendorio, has his sights set on Wazzu.

Peyton Pelluer has offers from Washington State, Colorado and Wyoming. So far, Pelluer has only seen one of the schools that has offered him - Washington State.

"They are at the top of my list right now; I like them a lot," he said of the Cougars. "We'll see what happens after the Colorado trip, but Washington State - I've definitely put a lot of thought about (the offer)."

Nic Sblendorio, meanwhile, is looking for his first offer. The recruiting process has just started for Sblendorio, but he already has his sights set on one school in particular.

"I've always been a Washington State fan, but I'm open to everyone," he said. "All my family has gone there, pretty much every single one. My Dad is from Wenatchee."

PELLUER WILL UNOFFICIALLY visit Colorado soon with his father Scott - who played at Washington State and has coached in the Pac-10.

"The Wyoming coach, coach (Chris) Tormey, I'm pretty good friends with him," Peyton said. "He recruited (older brother) Cooper. He told my Dad that I have an offer from them, but I haven't officially talked to them yet."

Football is a way of life for Pelluer, who is set to follow Cooper and oldest brother Tyler as Spartans who played in college. Cooper currently plays at Washington, while Tyler played at Montana. Pelluer's grandfather Arnie played at Washington State.

SO WHAT HAVE the Cougars been telling Sblendorio?

"I went to Wazzu for Junior Day, but they are probably the only school I've truly talked to," he said. "Originally I talked to Eric Morris, the receivers coach, and then I talked to the safeties coach (and d-coordinator Mike Breske) a couple of weeks later. And then at Junior Day it seemed like they are recruiting me for both right now."

Skyline coach Mat Taylor thinks Sblendorio will make a leap up the ladder this season.

"I think he's a Division-1 kid," Taylor recently told Scout.com. "I coached in the Semper Fi game, and there was a kid - Zach Hoffpauir - who committed to Cal but I think he ended up going to Stanford…Nic reminds me a lot of him. Just really physical, always in the right place, smart football player - and he makes plays because he's a student of the game.

"I'm really excited to see him this year. He's really committed himself in the weight room and put on some size. Unfortunately he missed a couple games because he got hurt in the Bellevue game, but if you notice on defense especially when he was healthy, he was a big part of what made our defense click during the playoff run to help us get over the hump in those big games. He's such a solid and steady receiver; we generally can put him in any position on the field and he knows what to do. He's usually a slot, but when we went to 11 personnel we wanted him to go out wide, and he knew those positions as well as he knew the slot."

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