Brinker a Beaver

Just days after Oregon State offered offensive lineman Ian Brinker a scholarship the 6-foot-6, 280-pound player from Salpointe Catholic accepted the offer and became the seventh player to verbal to the Beavers.

At the time of his verbal on Thursday, Nov. 11 Colorado State was the only other school to offer.  Brinker has not officially visited any school's campus but plans on traveling to the Mid Valley on Dec. 3.

"I know the area, I have family that live up in that region. I know what the climate is about. I know it's a great school," Brinker said.  "I've met the coaches, I've talked to them. I saw them play when they were down here to play the U of A. I've seen the campus before. I just knew it was the school for me. I thought it was a good time to commit."

Brinker is relatively new to football as last year marked his first full year on the gridiron  In his junior year he was first team all-conference selection and as a senior it looks he will make the all-conference team again.

PrepAZ.com named Brinker to their second team all-conference team mentioned that he was a "stalwart" on the offensive line and "will have his pick of college come signing day."  His coach also has high praise for the big man calling him a bright and physical player with a mean streak.

The Tucson native attended several camps during the summer and received early interest from UCLA, Stanford and Arizona, including Oregon State and Colorado State.  All of the schools liked his size, but were concerned about his footwork.  CatTracks.net saw him live and was impressed with his improvement during the U of A big man camp.  Brinker is raw, but has room for a ton of improvement.

"I'm a real technician with a mean streak," he said when asked to describe his game. "I'll do my job and I'll pound on some guys if I have to."

The coaches have told Brinker he will most likely play tackle.  "They (OSU) said that they would probably use me as the tackle on the quarterback's backside," he said.  "They said they might be bringing in a left-handed quarterback (Matt Moore), so I'll probably play on the right side."

Salpointe Catholic just ended their season in the state quarterfinals. "We lost to the defending (5A) state champs," Brinker said. "We were the champions out of our region."

Brinker ran a 5.35 40 before the season started. He also has a 23-inch vertical jump, 335-pound bench, 435-pound squad and 310-pound power clean to his credit.

Spurred on by his verbal commitment, Ian won't play basketball this season. "It was my idea not to play," he said. "I needed a break and I want to focus on getting back into really good shape and focus just on football skills instead of basketball."

Ian carries a 3.8 core GPA and scored a 1440 on his SAT.

Chris Fetters contributed to this report.

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