Coug LOI’s: CB Marcellus Pippens Signs With Washington State


Name: Marcellus Pippins

School: El Cerrito HS (El Cerrito, CA)

Position: Cornerback

Vitals: 5’11”, 175 lbs


  • Rivals:  #NR
  • Scout:  #75
  • ESPN:  #91
  • 247Sports:  #68

Other Offers of Interest: Utah, Utah State, SDSU, UCLA, UNLV

Best Attributes: Athleticism, Aggressive, Closing Speed

Prediction & How He Improves Cougars in 2013: 

Marcellus is being asked to Grayshirt by the Cougs, which means he’ll be inactive for a semester, getting bigger and stronger in the Washington State strength program. He will become a student the following Spring (2014) and go through Spring ball and then Fall camp before finally donning a jersey.

While a little on the small side, Marcellus is a special looking athlete, with extreme quickness while he’s holding the ball in his hands. WSU will likely use him in the defensive backfield though, which means he’ll be chasing around receivers. He has great football instincts and closing speed but really needs to work on flipping his hips and not getting beat over the top to become a Pac-12 level CB.

He returned several kicks in high school for big yardage, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be a lock down corner and punt team gunner type of kid. The Cougs are full of dynamic athletes that can return kicks.

All Coug’d Up Recruit Grade (out of 5): 3.5


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