Beavs land verbal No. 13

THE USUAL ROUTE for a punter or kicker is to walk on and try to earn a scholarship offer after a year or two. Scholarship limits being what they are, only the top echelon of punting and kicking prospects are offered coming out of high school. Roseburg's Kyle Loomis is such a player, earning at least two full ride offers this recruiting season. The local product with a tree trunk for a leg is the thirteenth known verbal in the Oregon State class of 2006.

Kyle Loomis (6-3, 185), a strong-legged punter and kicker out of Roseburg High, has given his oral pledge to play football at Oregon State.

"Obviously it's not official until he signs, but he has made a verbal commitment," said Roseburg coach Thurman Bell.

Oregon, Cal and others were recruiting Loomis, who is averaging just under 46 yards a punt.

"I don't think he wants to (say who) but yes, he was offered by others," said Bell.

Some of Loomis's punts have traveled 60 yards this season. Last year in a driving rainstorm, he nailed one 71 yards. This year, his first punt was returned just this past week -- the seventh game of the season.

"That was mainly because we didn't have one of our wide receivers covering one side in the ball game," chuckled Bell. "We only had 10 guys on the field."

Bell said Loomis is a very good athlete at 6-foot-3, also starring on the hardcourt at Roseburg. Bell also said Loomis could have ably played another position on the gridiron, possibly receiver, but was just too talented as a kicker and punter.

LOOMIS WILL COME to Corvallis as a punter first, competing for the job with competing Jake Harry and Jon Stowbridge, as senior Sam Paulescu graduates after this year. Beaver special teams coordinator, and former NFL special teams coach, Bruce Read will tutor Loomis.

"Most of his skill is self-taught," said Bell of Loomis.

After sophomore kicker Alexis Serna graduates in two more years, Loomis could also step into that role. He's virtually automatic on anything under 40 yards, said Bell. He has converted approximately 10 field goals, with a long of 49.

Loomis has booted 26 of 30 kickoffs into the end zone for Roseburg this season with one of those four counted as returns coming on an onside kick. He could possibly contribute sooner rather than later on kickoffs for the Beavs.

AMONG THE MANY things that drew schools to Loomis as he attended various summer camps was the hang time on his punts.

"They liked his talent, first of all," said Bell. "They definitely liked his attitude and work ethic. He's a great kid. A very bright kid...And the coaches were very impressed with his hang time."

Roseburg alums have made their way to Oregon State over the years, including tight end Joe Newton. Loomis has a number of family members that have gone to OSU and Bell is also an Oregon State product, but the decision was always left strictly up to Loomis to decide which school was the right choice for him.

"I had no influence whatsoever on him going to Oregon State," said Bell. "Most people think I'm an Oregon State recruiter, and that's not so. That's the last thing I want to do as a coach -- to promote some kid to go to a school and then have him not be successful or not like it there. So I never do that."

Loomis, who maintains a 3.5 GPA, was a first-team all-state punter and second team kicker his junior season. Special is the word Bell most often uses to describe him, both on and off the field. And not many high school punters and kickers are able to make so big a difference in the field position battle.

"He is special," said Bell. "To offer someone a year in advance, you've got to be special."

Loomis becomes the 13th known verbal commitment in the OSU class of 2006, joining TE John Reese, DE Keith Robertson, TE/HB/WR Joe Halahuni OL Mau Nomani, DE Dorian Smith, DT Joel White-Frisbee, OL/DL Alex Linnenkohl, DT Mitchel Hunt, TE Howard Croom, WR Casey Kjos, LB Alfred Rowe and OL Ryan Pohl.

The Portland Tribune reported Oct. 7 that Oregon had offered Loomis.

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