"The Beast" enters homestretch, eyes OSU

LINEBACKER U is expected to close on a few more 'backers before it's all said and done on February 1. One Oregon State target is Derrell Acrey, a Redlands Calif., tackling machine who already goes 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds. The Redlands East Valley High team captain will be tripping to Corvallis later this recruiting season but first, there's a championship to chase.

Acrey holds offers from Oregon State, Boise State, UTEP, Wyoming and San Jose State.

His official visit to Corvallis is scheduled for Jan. 13, but he might try and move that up. A planned visit to Boise State this weekend probably will not take place with the REV playoff game slated for Friday. An official trip to UTEP has been rescheduled for Dec. 2 -- with the Miners coaches saying the Nov. 5 trip wouldn't have allowed them to spend as much time one on one with Acrey because of the large number of recruits they had coming in that weekend. Acrey tripped to Wyoming earlier this year.

"That was pretty good," said Acrey of his visit to Laramie. "It was better than I thought it would be, the town really revolved around the team and they had some team chemistry -- a lot like my team...That (visit) changed my whole mindset about them."

Still, the Cowboys might have some work to do to catch up to OSU, Boise State, UCLA and UTEP, who make up Acrey's top four.

"With Boise State, they have three conference championships and they're going for a fourth. And Oregon State, they produce a lot of linebackers that go pro," said Acrey.

THIS SEASON AT REV, Acrey set the all time mark for tackles in a game with 21 in a win over Eisenhower.

"That's the first team we've played that actually ran towards me so I was pretty happy about that," said Acrey.

Also within striking distance of the all-time single season mark, Acrey has 118 sticks on the year with two fumble recoveries, a blocked field goal, one forced fumble, a sack and has powered for three rushing touchdowns on short yardage situations.

Last week, Acrey and REV knocked off Colton in an instant classic that will be talked about for years to come.

Trailing by a score, Acrey's touchdown run gave the Wildcats the lead with a little over three minutes remaining. Colton promptly answered with a touchdown and two point conversion to go on top by seven with only 55 seconds remaining.

The backup quarterback marched REV down the field, connecting on a 19 yard scoring strike with one tick left. Going for two, the Wildcats converted, winning 42-41 and beating Colton in CBL play for the first time ever.

Next up for Acrey and REV is a Southern Section Div-I playoff clash against Santa Margarita this Friday.

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