State's top RB has offer, looking for more

THE LEADING RUSHER in the state of Oregon this past season, Kyley McCrae doesn't appear likely to play at one of the two Pac-10 schools unless some January recruiting love comes his way late. The highly decorated gamebreaker has one offer in his back pocket with a number of others showing marked interest but Oregon State has yet to join the race.

Both Oregon State and Oregon appear to have others higher on their boards than McCrae (5-10, 185), who projects as either a running back or corner at the next level.

"Oregon said they had people that were bigger and faster, they didn't think I was quite fast enough," said McCrae, who was called "the best player in the state" earlier this month by one seasoned scribe of the Oregon prep scene.

McCrae, with a 40 time in the 4.5 range, was fast enough to torch opponents to the tune of 2,149 yards in 2005 on his way to scoring 25 touchdowns for Keizer's McNary High. Among his honors and accolades, he was named the Valley League offensive player of the year, the Statesman Journal All-Region offensive player of the year, and all-state by The Oregonian on both offense and defense.

PORTLAND STATE HAS stepped up with an offer. McCrae trips to The City of Roses on Jan. 7. Northern Arizona, Eastern Washington, Montana, Idaho State and others have all talked to him recently with McCrae mailing a tape out to NAU last week. Boise State is also lurking.

As is wont to happen in recruiting, one offer can often open the floodgates with a number of other schools jumping on board soon after. Whether one of them will be Oregon State, long a favorite of McCrae's, remains to be seen. The Beavs were talking quite a bit with McCrae earlier in the season but their interest appears to have cooled.

A STARTING RUNNING BACK since he was a sophomore, McCrae has never been held under 100 yards rushing in the Valley League, one of the better conferences in the state.

McCrae, a change in direction back with plenty of shake and excellent hands, racked up 4,666 all-purpose yards his final two seasons.

McCrae's junior year, he had 1387 yards on the ground with 16 touchdowns, totaling 2280 all-purpose yards.

McCrae has some pretty good bloodlines. Brother Keegan Herring was a 5-9, 181-pound freshman at Arizona State this season. Schools also talked to Herring about being a corner during the recruiting process in 2004, with offers slow to materialize. He ended his freshman campaign in Tempe as the leading rusher for the Sun Devils despite starting only two games, running for 870 yards on 158 carries including 134 hashes against Temple for the best freshman debut of a running back in ASU history. McCrae's mother was a volleyball player at Ole Miss, and a cousin played junior college ball.

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