Clackamas freight train looking at Linebacker U

COACH MIKE RILEY says Corvallis is home to "Linebacker U." Beaver greats James Allen, Nick Barnett and Richard Seigler are in the NFL. Jonathan Pollard recently inked a free agent contract with San Diego. Riley also says this year's corps, all seniors, are as good as any in the Pac-10. One of Oregon's native sons, Sam Timothy, likes the sounds of that. He's one of the harder working prep football players out there. He also has over 11 minutes of video available to view on

Oregon State is decidedly on the Clackamas native's radar these days, but so are others. And he'd like to hear more from the Beavs.

"I don't know as much about them as I'd like," said the 6-0, 215-pound Timothy. "I do like that they have a good reputation there because they've had a lot of good linebackers come out of there. And I think I might have a better chance to play next year there with (three seniors) on this year's team."

"I'm open to going anywhere -- I'll look at any school," said Timothy, who likely projects at middle linebacker at the next level.

In addition to Oregon State, he's being recruited by several schools, with Oregon, Washington and Northwestern recruiting the hardest. Also in contact are UCLA, Nebraska, San Diego State and Fresno State.

Timothy said the Wildcats and Ducks lead slightly, but that he's still wide open. He cited the law curriculums at Northwestern and Oregon as the two big plusses in their favor. He also has family in Illinois, and is a big fan of UO linebackers coach Don Pellum.

"First of all, academics," said Timothy. "I'd want the school to, hopefully, have a really good law program. Northwestern did and Oregon did, so those are probably my top two right now but like I said, I'm open to anything. I'm okay with going out of state, whether I go far away or not."

Also high on his list, the opportunity to compete and earn a starting job.

"I'm looking for someplace with a good football program, good coaching staff and hopefully a place where I'll get a chance to play," said Timothy.

TIMOTHY EARNED first team all-league honors last year at Clackamas High. He did so not because he's the fastest linebacker (4.69) out there, but because he decided he was going to work harder than anyone else. And just..make..plays.

"I try to outwork everybody all the time," said Timothy, who plays a physical, old school type of game. "I want to beat them."

As a collegian, he hopes to play for an experienced position coach and a good teacher.

"I would just like him to be real experienced in the game, and one hopefully who played linebacker at the next level, maybe even in the pros," said Timothy. "And one who could just share as much about the position as he could with me."

Timothy recently participated in the NIKE combine at Stanford on May 21. On June 18, Timothy has plans on participating in the Oregon camp, with the rest of his schedule still to be determined. He recently took the new SAT and is awaiting the results.

In order to improve his speed, Timothy now checks in at 215-pounds, 10 pounds lighter than a few months ago. He recently ran -- on a gym floor -- a 4.69 forty. Although he's dropped 10 pounds, Timothy's strength numbers have remained the same or improved. He has a 310 pound bench press, squats 500 pounds and has a vertical leap of 30 inches.

First year OSU linebackers coach Robin Ross has coached 28 seasons, both at the collegiate level and in the pros. He came to Oregon State after four seasons at Oregon.

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