WAC is fine, but Pac-10 is better

Keeping the top football talent from the state of Oregon in Oregon is one of the main goals of the Oregon State staff. The Oregonian's 4A Offensive Player of the Year, Kevin Maher is visiting Portland State this weekend then Idaho and Hawaii, but he would really like to make a stop in Corvallis.

"Somewhere in there I want to squeeze in a visit to Oregon State, but I'm not sure if that's going to work out," said the first team offense and defense player. "I'm just excited for everything to come."

The 6-foot-2 205-pound player had a fantastic season for Lake Oswego High School where he grabbed 52 passes for 1,248 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was equally deadly on the defensive side of the ball where he picked off eight passes and recovered three fumbles.

"I'm just glad everything worked out," Maher told Scout.com. "I never thought it would be that big, but I never doubted myself. It came together. After the first game I knew big things were possible."

Lake Oswego made it to the state championship game before losing 30-27 to Sprague. Maher had four catches for 106 yards and one touchdown, but fumbled the ball on Lakers final drive of the game.

"It was a tough, tough, tough loss, but I'm just glad we got there and we had a successful season besides that final," Maher said. "It was a well-fought game. I don't think you could have asked for a better state championship game."

Maher isn't the only one on his team getting interest from Oregon State. Quarterback Nick Lomax, son of former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax, is also hearing from the Beavers.

"The great thing about Nick is that we've been playing on the same teams since the third grade, so I've seen him go through everything - the highs and the lows," Maher said of his teammate. "There wasn't another quarterback better in the state. He was better than he's ever been and it was awesome to see everything come together for him."

Maher doesn't care if he plays on defense or offense in college. Most schools are recruiting him on the defensive side of the ball although Idaho might use offer him as an H-back.

The Oregon native is excited about taking his trips, but would rather play in the Pac-10 than the WAC. As for committing early, his coaches told him to wait.

"They've told me not to commit to a school because things could come in later," Maher said. "I'm satisfied with who I'm talking with now, but I'd rather be in the Pac-10 than the WAC."

Maher is rated by Scout.com as the 42nd best prospect in the Northwest and the fourth best prospect in Oregon.

You can view a video of Maher here.

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