Linebacker U zeroes in on Washington athlete

OREGON STATE received a verbal pledge from Olympia's Alex Linnenkohl recently, and another state of Washington prospect is also high on the Beavs. Jason Harris has a nose for the football on defense, and is being recruited to play either linebacker or quarterback at the next level. He holds an OSU offer and had just finished speaking with Oregon State head man Mike Riley when BeaverFootball.com spoke to him.

"I just got off the phone with coach Riley about ten minutes ago," said the Issaquah, Wash., product. "It was really casual. He just said that whenever I feel like saying I want to be a Beaver, they'd be excited and happy to hear from me."

Besides the offer from Oregon State, Harris (6-1, 205) is seeing interest come his way from Washington, Cal, Oregon and Washington State. Harris said he doesn't have a timetable for a decision, but the Beavs have definitely made an impression.

"I'm not really sure, I'm kind of waiting right now -- but I definitely like OSU," he said. "I feel comfortable there and can see myself playing there. But I just want to wait and see."

Harris has been down to Corvallis a few times, and traveled to Reser Stadium just last weekend to take in Oregon State's wild victory over Boise State.

"It was really fun," said Harris. "It was pouring down rain and really crazy."

TWO OF THE more complex and cerebral positions on a football field are linebacker and quarterback and Harris plays both for Skyline High. While Oregon State is leaning towards him at outside linebacker, Ty Willingham at Washington is talking to him about playing quarterback.

His final prep season, Harris is starting on both sides of the ball, playing just as much as is needed at linebacker, usually the first half, and then continuing the rest of the game at quarterback.

IN 2004, his first season playing defense, Harris exploded onto the scene with 127 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, two blocked punts, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

Through two games in 2005, Harris has over 150 yards rushing to go along with 389 yards through the air. His offensive line is all seniors but with the exception of Cody Habben, none are returning starters. No matter, says Harris. The road graders are doing the job up front.

"The offensive line is doing really good," he said.

IMPORTANT TO HIS college decision will be where he and the team have the best opportunity to succeed, where he feels the most comfortable and the connection he feels with a coaching staff. Oregon State appears well positioned in that regard.

"I feel real comfortable there," said Harris. "I really like the atmosphere at OSU, I like them a lot."

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