Athletes sign letters to play college ball

February 9, 2010

By Bob Taylor

Liberty offensive lineman Coleton Langdon (center) poses with his parents Teri and Rich after accepting a football scholarship with Portland State University. By Tim Pfarr

It was a big day Feb. 3 for several local high school senior athletes as they signed national letters of intent.

Following Jake Heaps’ early signing with Brigham Young in December, four more Skyline High School football players committed to various colleges.

Defensive end Cooper Pelluer (6-4, 229) is headed to the University of Washington this fall after turning down an offer to play at Hawaii. Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian called Pelluer just two days before the letter-of-intent signing, with an opening at Washington.

Pelluer said the decision to go to UW was pretty easy — it’s much closer to home than Hawaii and his father, Scott Pelluer, was an assistant UW coach with Jim Lambright and Keith Gilbertson.

“It was huge. Getting that call from Sark was a huge monkey off my back,” Cooper Pelluer said. “I know they got good things going.”

The Skyline player won’t be the first Pelluer at Washington. His uncle Steve was a standout quarterback for the Huskies.

Acclaimed linebacker Anthony DeMatteo (6-1, 218) signed with Central Washington University and linemen Evan Day (6-3, 255) and Jase Butorac (6-4, 289) each committed to Eastern Washington University.

DeMatteo said he looks forward to being part of a strong program, which has produced a few National Football League prospects in recent years.

Day and Butorac will join Skyline grads Jason Harris and Tyler Washburn at Eastern.

Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin said Butorac “will probably be an inside lineman for us, but he’s athletic enough where he can play any spot on our offensive line. He has the smarts to play center, the toughness and grit to play guard and the athletic ability to play tackle.”

About Day, Baldwin said, “He has the potential to put on some weight and play defensive tackle, and he’s athletic enough to play defensive end. He has the combination of strength and speed.”

Issaquah’s football team had two players sign letters of intent — lineman Daniel Fleischman with the University of Wyoming and quarterback Ryan Bergman with Western Oregon University. Running back Grant Gellatly also committed to Cornell University, of the Ivy League. Ivy League schools do not offer letters to sign.

Fleischman, 6-6, 290, earned all-KingCo Conference honors in the fall. According to Wyoming’s sports information department, Fleischman was also recruited by Air Force, Arizona, Brigham Young, Hawaii, Idaho, Washington and Washington State.

Bergman, a first-year starter, had an incredible year for the Eagles. He probably would have been selected as the league’s No. 1 quarterback except for Heaps, who is recognized as one of the best in the nation. Bergman led KingCo in passing with 2,074 yards and tossed 22 touchdown passes. He broke several individual game marks during the season.

Western Oregon coach Arne Ferguson said Bergman has “good arm strength and the ability to make plays, which will expand our offense in the future.”

Coleton Langdon, a Liberty High lineman, signed a letter of intent with Portland State University.

Langdon said Portland State was a natural fit for him.

“I walked around and I felt completely comfortable,” he said. “ I loved everything about the school. It was an easy choice.”

Langdon said he looks forward to playing teams such as the University of Montana and Eastern Washington, as he said he knows players on both teams.

Liberty football head coach Steve Valach said Portland State’s coaches noticed Langdon while watching a Bellevue player’s highlight reel. On the reel, Langdon impressed the coaches by showing tremendous hustle.

Valach said he told Langdon that kind of effort would catch coaches’ eyes.

“I told him if college coaches see you doing that, they’re going to offer you a scholarship,” Valach said.

Langdon was named first-team, all-league the last two seasons.

There were some nonfootball signings last week, too.

Kristin Maris and Abby Glasgow, standout members of the Issaquah girls soccer team, and Quinn Grisham and Michael Axelson, standout players on the Issaquah boys team, signed national letters of intent. Maris is headed to Western Washington University, Glasgow to Chico State University, Grisham to Washington and Axelson to Whitman.

Issaquah volleyball player Chrissy Dickinson signed with Stevens Institute of Technology, in New Jersey. Mikenzie Voves, a standout pitcher on the fastpitch team, is also headed to the University of Pennsylvania.

Earlier baseball signings included Spencer Rogers, of Issaquah, with Washington, and John McLeod, of Liberty, with Wake Forest.

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