Elite QB visits OSU this week

FOUR STAR prospect Jake Locker holds 16 offers, is rated the No. 7 prep quarterback in the nation and is also a top baseball talent. Today, he heads off to California and before he returns home to Ferndale, Wash., he'll be visiting one more school -- Oregon State.

After competing in the EA Sports Elite 11, Locker will head to Corvallis, likely on Saturday, to check out Oregon State before returning home. Locker spoke with coach Mike Riley this past Wednesday and said he's excited to see what OSU is all about.

The unofficial trip to OSU will determine whether the Beavs end up a serious contender.

Sometime after returning from Corvallis, Locker plans to narrow his list to a Top 5. A Seattle area newspaper has the 6-2, 210 pound strong armed quarterback saying Washington State and Washington will be on that final list of five. The article goes on to say the likely candidates to fill the final three spots includes Oregon State, California, Oregon, Stanford and Tennessee.

USC is another school who shouldn't be counted out on making the final five. Locker spoke with coach Rocky Seto a couple weeks ago, and told Scout.com he always enjoys their discussions, which often center around their faiths.

Locker dismissed any talk of having a leader, saying he does not have a frontrunner.

ONE MORE QUESTION that doesn't appear to be answered any time soon: Football or baseball? Or both?

Locker has a 94-mph fastball, and he hits for both average and power. He spent a good portion of the last few months out on the diamond in summer league.

"But it's over, so I can concentrate on football now," said Locker.

He's considered a potential high round draft pick for the majors but it appears at this time he's leaning towards college, where he might just play both sports.

"Almost every school who has given me an offer for football has said they've talked to the baseball coaches and said they'll make it work," said Locker.

Locker once thought he'd make an early decision between the two sports, and if it was college over the pros, an early verbal commitment. But with the high level of interest and number of schools involved, he said a decision won't likely be coming anytime soon.

"Whenever I feel I am able to make my decision, I will," he said.

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