TE impressed on OSU visit

INJURY AND ATTRITION have taken a toll on the tight end position at Oregon State this preseason with Dan Haines and Jason Vandiver the only scholarship TEs expected to suit up for the opener. One tight end the Beavs would like to see in the class of 2006 is John Reese. The Upland, Calif., product now holds six offers and visited one of those schools, Oregon State, earlier this month.

Reese took unofficial trips to Oregon State, Washington and Oregon earlier this August.

"I went down a couple weeks ago," said Reese. "Oregon State was really nice."

The 6-4, 221-pound tight end prospect watched film, went on a tour around campus and spent some quality time visiting with coaches Nigel Burton, Kanani Souza and Mike Riley.

"The head coach there is a really down to earth guy," said Reese, who went on to say the facilities and stadium were impressive.

IN ADDITION to Oregon State, Reese holds offers from Arizona, Boise State, Fresno State, SDSU and Utah just offered him a couple weeks ago. Neither the UW nor Oregon has yet offered but both are lurking. After Corvallis, Reese headed to Washington.

"I talked with coach Willingham and he's a really cool guy," said Reese. "He said I was second on the (tight end) list and that he didn't like to offer a bunch of guys. He said he only offers one per position. He said there's one guy in front of me (Na Derris Ward) and if he goes with another school, then I'm next on the list."

Reese didn't get to spend much time at Oregon on the return trip but mentioned the facilities as one of the highlights.

"We didn't get to check out much because we had to get back on the plane," said Reese.

AS FAR AS official visits go, Reese said he "definitely" wants to trip to Utah and Boise State in order to get a feel for both programs and likely would make return trips to Oregon State and Washington.

Beyond that, he's waiting to see who else might step up later this year with an offer. Reese said he doesn't have a leader nor timetable, wanting to make an informed decision.

"They're all pretty much even because they're not allowed to call me yet," said Reese. "I'd like to see a couple (school's) games and get a feel for them. I want to take my time on it, I don't want to rush it."

Burton is handling the recruitment of Reese, while Souza serves as the OSU tight ends coach.

In 2004, Upland High fielded a wide receiver tandem who combined for 128 catches. Reese caught 16 passes for 264 yards with 4 TDs at tight end. With solid blocking ability and a quick first step, he earned second team all-league honors at tight end as a junior. He was also twice named Upland's weekly MVP during the Scots 10-3 season.

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