Athletic Stoudamire hitting the camps

THE STATE OF OREGON usually produces about 5-10 Division I-A players each recruiting year -- OSU signed three to their 2005 class this past February. One player looking to make his mark at the next level is Gresham's Patrick Stoudamire, an athletic playmaker drawing interest from the in-state schools.

Centennial High head man Chris Knudsen says Stoudamire's greatest asset is probably his athleticism.

The 6-0, 185-pounder is a three sport standout in football, track and hoops, where he was the starting two-guard on an Eagles team that won 20-plus games. Last week, he took third in the triple jump in the districts with a mark of 42-1 ½.

Knudsen went on to say Stoudamire's one of those guys every college likes to have on their team -- a hard working student athlete of strong character.

On the field, Stoudamire started both ways at tailback and safety last season, earning all-league honors on both sides of the ball. He's now beginning to see a good amount of attention this recruiting season, with both Oregon State and Oregon showing early interest.

"They came to our school and talked to our coach," said Stoudamire. A good student, he's also been receiving mail from schools like Harvard and Columbia.

STOUDAMIRE PLAYED a variety of roles for Centennial on the gridiron -- receiver, defensive back, return man -- and in order to capitalize on his athleticism, Knudsen and the staff are considering having him run Centennial's triple option attack behind center in '05. At the next level, he likely projects at wide receiver, with defensive back also a possibility.

Centennial likes to run the ball, so he won't get a ton of chances to show off his receiving ability but Stoudamire owns a soft set of hands. Knudsen and staff on occasion split him out wide from the tailback spot last season, with Stoudamire making 11 grabs, one of which he took one to the house. Over eight games in 2004, (one game's statistics unavailable at press time), Stoudamire scored 13 TDs. Eleven of those came on the ground for the run-oriented Eagles, with 103 carries for 692 yards.

In a position coach, Stoudamire hopes to play for someone who can get the best out of him. It doesn't matter if the coach starred in college or the pros as a player, he just wants someone who can make him better.

"I want to be pressed," he said. "I want a good teacher."

This coming June, Stoudamire will be looking to to showcase his talents with stops at the Oregon State and Oregon camps, and the NIKE camp.

"I'm going to Oregon one, which is the day before the NIKE camp, and then I'm hoping to go the Oregon State camp if I have time," he said.

Stoudamire also attended the combine in Berkeley several weeks ago where he posted a 4.79 in the 40 and 27" vertical jump.

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Another player at Centennial seeing the recruiting love increase -- Chase Lickliter, a strong OL/DL who currently checks in at 6-2 1/2 and 250 pounds. We'll be profiling him soon on

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