The next great OSU tight end?

THE SECOND LEADING RECEIVER each of the last two seasons for OSU has lined up at tight end, Tim Euhus in 2003 and Joe Newton last year. Euhus is now with the Buffalo Bills. Newton, MVP of the Insight.com Bowl, had 56 catches and seven touchdowns in 2004. With that kind of production, Oregon State's an attractive destination for any of the top recruits at the position and Upland, Calif., standout John Reese, one of the better TE prospects in the Southland, is no exception.

Reese (6-3.5, 221-pounds) holds five offers midway through the summer, with the latest coming from OSU this past week.

"Oregon State, San Diego State, Arizona, Boise State have offered, and Fresno State has made a verbal offer," said Reese.

Washington, UCLA, Oregon and Colorado State are all in the mix, with Reese planning an unofficial trip to the UW this weekend or the next.

Reese said all schools are recruiting him at the tight end position, with OSU and the Arizona schools "probably" recruiting the hardest. Nigel Burton is handling Reese's recruitment for the Beavs.

"Oh, he's a great coach," said Reese. "He tells it straight up."

REESE WILL TAKE an unofficial visit up to Corvallis on August 5, Senior Day at Oregon State. It will be his first time on the OSU campus.

All schools are even for Reese, saying he knows the most about the Arizona schools, having visited each earlier this year.

"I liked the atmosphere," said Reese of ASU and ‘Zona. "I haven't been to Oregon State yet."

He does not have a set timetable for when he'd like to make a decision.

"I'll probably take some time, maybe the middle of the season," said Reese.

In a school, how hands-on the coaches are, academics and the players will all play a part in his decision. Reese hasn't received his test score back but said he felt very positive after taking the SAT. He carries a 3.0 GPA.

THE SENIOR-TO-BE caught 16 passes for 264 yards and 4 TDs in 2004.

With the Scots fielding a wide receiver tandem who combined for 128 catches, Reese displayed solid blocking ability and a quick first step on his way to garnering second team all-league honors at tight end as a junior. He was also twice named Upland's weekly MVP during the 10-3 season.

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