Pellerin was a First Team All-MEAC selection in 2011, after tying for seventh on the team in tackles with 51 - including 29 solo stops. He also broke up a MEAC-best 15 passes this past season, while also picking off four passes, which was tied for second-most in the conference. His season high of 10 tackles, including six solo stops, came against Princeton on Oct. 8. Pellerin returned an interception 42 yards in the season finale against Morgan State on Nov. 19, while also returning a pick 16 yards at Norfolk State on Oct. 15. He also recovered a fumble against Howard on Nov. 5.
Started 10 of 11 games played ... intercepted two passes on the year, breaking up 14 others ... credited with 41 tackles, 30 solo.
Played in 11 games for the Pirates, making seven starts... was eighth on the team in tackles with 32 on the season, including 21 solo stops... recorded a career-high six tackles twice: against Howard (three solo, three assisted) and at Bethune-Cookman (five solo, one assisted)... also had five tackles (four solo, one assisted) against South Carolina State... recorded two tackles for loss on the season: one against South Carolina State and one against Florida A&M... had his lone interception of the season against Florida A&M... forced a fumble against Howard... returned a fumble 19 yards against Morgan State... returned a punt at Bethune-Cookman.
At Southern Miss: Had five tackles, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble as a sophomore.
Played wide receiver, running back and defensive back for Coach Flip Godfrey at Saint Joseph HS ... Helped lead Saint Josephs' to a 5-5 record and an appearance in the first round of the state playoffs ... As a senior, he registered 56 tackles and five interceptions on defense ... He also finished with 24 receptions for 513 yards and six touchdowns ... Ran 26 times for 281 yards and five touchdowns ... Selected team offensive MVP ... Named District 6-2A All-District ... Clarion Ledger Performer of the Week ... Two-star rating by rivals.com...Two-star rating by MagnoliaPreps.com...Also lettered in track ... Won the district championship in the triple jump, the long jump and 400m ... Also recruited by Memphis and Tulane.
Son of Jerome and Frankie Pellerin ... Born Nov. 23, 1988.
- Hampton defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, who also transferred into the program, was chosen in the third round last year by the New York Jets. But he was the first HBCU player taken above the fourth round in the past three years. The other three prospects selected in the 2011 draft were all seventh-rounders. In fact, of the 10 HBCU players chosen in the past three drafts, half were in the seventh round. The last first-rounder from an HBCU school was cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, by Arizona in 2008. Before that, it had been since 2000, when the HBCU produced a pair of first-rounders. Pellerin and Thompson aren't likely to reverse the declining influence of the HBCU schools, but each has some skills that could earn a draft spot. Pellerin has solid speed and instincts, and it probably won't hurt him that, in a year when many of the cornerback prospects lack the kind of physical dimension league scouts now prefer, he has good size. Thompson might also benefit from his size, and the fact he has played at both safety spots in his career could help, given the trend in the league toward using interchangeable safeties. But he will have to convince scouts that he can put that size to use, and is a willing hitter with ball instincts. "It's a chance to show you can stack up," Thompson said. "And I plan to taking advantage of it." There haven't been more than 17 players from HBCU programs selected since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
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