Beavs in early on California pair

OREGON STATE has offered a pair of highly sought recruits out of Westlake Village, Calif., in safety Marshall Jones and running back Marc Tyler. Jones is described as 'John Lynch with speed' by his prep coach while all that Tyler did as a junior was rack up over 2,000 yards on the ground. The Oaks Christian standouts are two of eight Lions who already hold at least one D-IA scholarship offer.

Marshall Jones (6-1, 190) and Marc Tyler (6-1, 210) each hold a cadre of offers that includes Oregon State. Both are special, says Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell, whose own resume lists entries including college All-American (Occidental), Canadian Football League All-Pro, and USFL coach.

"Jones has great speed," said Redell. "I call him a 'John Lynch with speed'. I mean, Jones will hit you. He's the hardest hitting high school guy I've had in 20 years...And he would probably be one of the No. 1 running backs in the state if you didn't have Marc Tyler here."

Tyler's preference is clearly at running back and that's where schools are recruiting him to play, but Redell said he could be an exceptional linebacker at the next level if he wanted.

"He's not Reggie Bush fast but he's fast and he can change direction fast," said Redell. "He's really strong, really hard to knock down. He's built really low to the ground. He's similar to his father, although his father might have had a little more speed."

Marc is son of former UCLA and NFL Pro Bowl running back Wendell Tyler. He runs in the 4.5 to 4.6 range in the 40. Jones clocked a 10.6 in the 100 as a sophomore.

AS A JUNIOR, Tyler rushed for 2,196 yards on 183 carries, totaling an impressive 45 total touchdowns.

Jones racked up 71 tackles while picking off five passes. Offensively, Jones had 47 touches for 488 yards, (10.34 ypc) and 15 total TDs, including a 102-yard interception runback. He caught 23 passes for 407 yards.

Neither has ever lost their last game of the season while at Oaks Christian, with the Lions coming off three straight CIF titles.

Redell has a 55-8 mark over his tenure, with a 157-56-3 mark overall that includes four titles and four other semi-final appearances. Having played and coached at every level from high school and professional, Redell has gone on to place 45 student-athletes in D-I programs during his 17 seasons as a high school coach. He is considered one of the top prep coaches in the country.

  • Tennessee has offered five players from Oaks Christian; Matthews, Tyler, Jones, Clausen and Ebbit.

  • Along with Jones and Tyler, eight seniors-to-be from Oaks Christian currently hold D-IA offers:

    Shawn Wiser, (6-2, 183), WR/S -- Kentucky

    Anthony Gildon, (6-1, 184), CB/WR -- Kentucky

    Casey Matthews, (6-2, 230), MLB -- Tennessee
    (Father is Clay Matthews, former USC and NFL Pro Bowl linebacker)

    Jimmy Clausen, (6-3, 195), QB -- Notre Dame and others

    Mike Ebbit, (6-5, 250), DE -- Tennessee

    Duke Lemmens, (6-5, 235), DE -- Utah

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