Prototype in-state QB drawing looks

IN EFFECT, Oregon State did not take a quarterback on Feb. 1, with Kaulin Krebs set to grayshirt and join the Beavs next year. That almost certainly won't be the case in Corvallis next Signing Day. Among the signal callers in the upcoming seniors-to-be class, an Oregon prospect named one of the Tacoma News Tribune's Nuggets-to-be for 2007: Hillsboro's Cory Bean, already drawing recruiting attention from the West Coast and beyond.

Bean is a strong armed, prototype pocket passer at 6-4 1/2 and 225 pounds. Most quarterbacks, of course, have a solid understanding of the game, but by growing up with a football coach father, Bean knowledge is advanced.

"I've been around football all my life," said Bean. "I think I'm pretty football savvy."

EARLY RECRUITING INTEREST hasn't been limited to only the Pac-10. Most recently, Bean's heard from Georgia Tech along with OSU and UO, and Washington. Oregon and Georgia Tech have made the most contact in these early stages. Last year, Oregon invited Bean to come down to a bowl practice.

Bean said while his first preference would be to stay on the West Coast, he's wide open with no frontrunners.

"I'll really play anywhere -- I'll go in state or out of state, it doesn't matter," said Bean, who offered a quick thought or two on the above schools.

Georgia Tech: "Great school, a big time school in the ACC. I was really surprised to get a letter from them."

Washington: "Coach Willingham is an awesome guy. My dad speaks highly of him, he's been at a couple coaching clinics where he's talked."

Oregon: "Winning tradition. One of the closer schools I could go to. I went to the Eugene combine last summer, and me and my dad went down to watch spring ball last year."

Oregon State: "Good school, close too. Coach Riley's there and a good coaching staff."

BEAN'S NAME CAN be found among the early watchlists for the upcoming season, including the Elite 11's, but he's only just provided a glimpse of his potential out on the gridiron.

The JV team's starter his sophomore campaign, Bean moved into the varsity huddle on a rotational basis when the No. 1 went down with shoulder pain. He completed 56 of 114 for 646 yards with 3TDs, and started the final two games, that season.

This past year, Bean earned the starting nod at the outset of his junior season but halfway through the fourth game, a freak knee-on-knee collision resulted in a dislocation. After surgery and rehab, a noticeably hobbled Bean returned and gut out the season finale. His final junior season numbers were 507 yards passing with five TDs on 46 completions out of 110 attempts.

Quiet, but with a strong leadership presence, Bean's receivers are still in the process of getting used to his ball. Bean has good touch but he'll also wing it in there with some extra mustard when needed, says his coach.

"He understands more than just the strategy, he's got a great feel for the game," said Hillsboro coach Brian Bean, Cory's father. "We do a lot of audible-izing with him. He sees the field well. And he's got a great arm."

Coach Bean, a self-described "running coach", says he may adapt the offense a bit to take advantage of Cory's strengths this coming season as Hillsboro moves into a new league. The state of Oregon is re-classifying this upcoming season, with the Spartans now in the 5A class.

Cory is also a star in the classroom, taking advanced placement classes with a 3.5 core GPA.

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