OSU knows Bo

ARGUABLY THE TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMAN in the state of Oregon along with OSU verbal Mau Nomani, Bo Thran is a 6-6, 275-pound bulldozer out Gresham's Sam Barlow High. The Beavers have been recruiting Thran the longest and have an in-home visit on tap, but in-state rival Oregon and others are charging hard. Thran, who led his team to an undefeated regular season and a state quarterfinal berth, recently received his third offer from a Pac-10 school and fourth overall.

Thran has offers from Oregon State, Oregon, Cal and Arizona State, with the Sun Devils offering him a full ride about a week and a half ago. Colorado rounds out his top five.

Oregon State has scheduled an in-home visit with Thran for December 11. By the time OSU sits down in the Thran living room, three other schools will have already had in-homes with the three star prospect.

Oregon had an in-home with Thran this past Sunday, the first day coaches could make in-person home visitations. Cal and Arizona State are also both making in-home visits this week.

Coach Mike Bellotti sat down with Thran Sunday afternoon, talking academics and answering general questions Thran and his parents had on Oregon. Academics will be a key factor in Thran's decision.

"It was good," said Thran of the Oregon in-home. "He was here for about and hour and forty five minutes."

Thran has not gone on any official visits this year, preferring to direct all his energies on his senior football campaign. With Barlow's (11-1) season now over, the recruiting process will garner more focus but basketball season could also make official visits difficult to schedule.

Thran is in the process of trying to reschedule a trip to Oregon, with no other official visits yet on the docket.

A THREE SPORT standout, Thran has a .350 average as a first baseman for Barlow's baseball team. His focus at the next level is decidedly football, but he'd be interested if given a chance to also play on a college baseball diamond.

Thran has a 3.6 core GPA and scored a 1560 on the new version of the SAT. In addition to a school's academics, the chemistry Thran feels between himself and a school's coaches and players will go a long way towards deciding where he spends the next four to five years.

ON THE YEAR, Thran helped lead Barlow to the state quarterfinals, plowing the way for Zac Meyer, the state's second leading rusher on the regular season (1,682) behind Mc Nary's Kyley McCrae (1,998), as the high powered Barlow offense averaged 36.8 points a game.

Though disappointed with the first loss of the season, there were a number of highlights for Thran in going undefeated through a tough preseason and league slate.

"I felt we had a great season," said Thran. "And I think I had a good season myself but I think I could have played better on the defensive side of the ball."

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