The hottest prospect appears to be Ned Tavale, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound lineman who's caught Glen Mason's eye. Tavale is a two-year starter at offensive tackle, and played both ways last year, earning time as a defensive tackle.
"He's a very physical kid," said C-DH coach Rich Kallok, who indicated that Tavale can expect to play both ways again as a senior. "He's very strong and runs really well, too. He's a good student – almost a 4.0 straight across the board. He's really well-rounded too, a good citizen. He's of Samoan descent, and his family has come to our school to perform traditional dances."
His linemate, Rafael Eubanks (6-3, 290) also has drawn attention of Division I schools. Iowa has reportedly offered Eubanks a scholarship, but he's planning on taking his official visits. Eubanks also played defensive line as a junior and should join Tavale on both lines as a senior.
"There's a lot of interest in all of our guys," Kallok said. "It's a really good class for us. I've had 17 requests for film on Ned and Rafael already."
Other Raiders who visited Minnesota on "Junior Day" include:
· TE/DE Marcus Tibesar (6-3, 225), who caught 10 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown and had four quarterback sacks as a junior;
· WR Luke Wagner (6-5, 190), who had 17 receptions for 342 yards and a TD last year;
· and QB Reggie Rock (5-10, 170), who completed 131 of 229 passes (57.2 percent) for 2,052 yards and 26 TDs against only six picks and had 78 carries for 397 yards and five scores on the ground as a junior.
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