JUCO LB, Oregon native has Beav offer, visit

LAKE OSWEGO has been a solid pipeline of collegiate talent for Oregon State, with Micah Hatfield, Jack Lomax, Will Storey, Will Darkins, Marcus Henderson, Gabe Miller and Keith Robertson among those who have worn the black and orange. College of the Siskiyous LB Myke Tavarres is home in Oregon for the summer and checking out the local colleges. The former Lakeridge High star has an offer from OSU.

College of the Siskiyous linebacker Myke Tavarres is home for the summer, and in the time he has off from online classes, he's checking out colleges in the area.

"Recently, I took a quick trip to Oregon to go check out their facilities," Tavarres shares. "It's ridiculous; they have everything that a regular college has, times two. I've gone to other campuses and Oregon has double.

"They're showing a lot of interest. They want me to come down in a couple weeks and actually talk to Chip Kelly, so hopefully if that goes well, I could get an offer."

Next weekend, Tavarres plans to head to Corvallis.

"I think I'm going to go to Oregon State next weekend," he says. "I've been to that campus before, so I kind of know how everything goes. I'll probably go check out workouts and see how it goes."

Do the Ducks and Beavers have an advantage with Tavarres, being in his home state?

"I would say so," he answers. "You can't really go wrong with going to a school that you grew up around."

As most residents in the state of Oregon, the athlete grew up with an affinity for one of the two institutions in particular.

"I actually grew up a Beaver," he reveals.

"So my family's not too happy that I'm talking to the Ducks right now," he adds with a smile.

Outside of the Civil War schools, there are a number of programs interested, and Tavarres is getting ready to narrow it down.

"I'm going to make a top five and then hopefully take those visits, narrow it to a top three, and hopefully before the season starts, a top one," he explains.

"I'm not in any rush right now because I still have at least two more months before I make a decision."

Tavarres currently holds six scholarship offers, which come from Arizona, Arkansas, Nevada, Oregon State, Rutgers, and Texas Tech.

He reports additional interest from Purdue, UCLA, and USC.

Competing in a decathlon for the first time, Tavarres won the NorCal Community College championship in April, reports the Mt. Shasta News. He scored 6,475 points to top Monterey Peninsula sophomore Nicholas Pfeiffer, who placed third in last year's state championship. Following are Tavarres's marks in all 10 events at the NorCal Decathlon:

Day 1:
100m – 11.65
Long Jump – 6.45m (21' 2")
Shot Put – 10.68m (35' .5")
High Jump – 1.94m (6' 4.25")
400m – 50.41

Day 2:
110 Hurdles – 15.57
Discus – 29.93m (98' 2")
Pole Vault – 3.35m (10' 11.75")
Javelin – 54.09m (177' 5")
1500m – 4:43.57

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