A 5’10″ 175 lbs cornerback from El Cerrito High in California committed to Utah a while back, but is being swayed by the Washington State coaching staff a little. In particular, assistant head coach Eric Russell has developed a strong relationship with Marcellus Pippins and apparently it doesn’t hurt that Russell is the special teams coordinator either.
Pippins has commented that he was told by Russell that he would be able to not only earn some time his freshman season as a CB, but also contribute in a big way to special teams as a kickoff and punt returner. This obviously has Pippins excited to take a look.
For his part, Pippins is a 3-star prospect who holds offers from UCLA, Arizona State, Fresno State, San Diego State and others, in addition to WSU and Utah. At El Cerrito he was a standout on defense and special teams and was recently named All-East Bay First-Team by the Mercury News. He is still “strongly committed” to Utah, but is very excited about his final official visit to Pullman and is looking forward to seeing what the Cougars have to offer.
This would be a huge steal for the Cougar coaching staff, if they could pull it off. So far, trips to Pullman have been game changers as far as recruits go, so it’s big that this trip is coming so late and coming last in this particular case. I’m hoping for good news after the trip, which is scheduled for sometime in January (no exact date yet). We’ll keep you updated on this news.