Beavs and Northwest QB make connection

LONGTIME WATCHERS OF the prep scene in the state of Washington have already tabbed 2007 as the Year of the Quarterback. Among the standard bearers for the Evergreen State, Jake Gelakoska out of Mill Creek's Jackson High. A trip to Corvallis is in his near future and following his arrival, a Beaver offer might not be far behind.

The junior tape on Gelakoska (6-4, 215, 4.52) looks to have opened to rave reviews in Corvallis. He plans on traveling to the OSU campus later this summer.

"I called the Oregon State coach, Bruce Read, and he said they want me to come to a one day mini camp," said Gelakoska. "I'm already going down for the NIKE clinic in Eugene so it's pretty convenient. As long as I throw well, they said they're probably going to offer."

Oregon State's camp is one of four Gelakoska plans on hitting, with Northwest schools Washington, Washington State and Oregon the others.

"It's going to be a little four day trip, I think," said Gelakoska.

EARLIER REPORTS HAD Gelakoska already receiving early offers from both Washington and Washington State but he said that's not the case quite yet, although they could be close.

"They haven't really even offered yet, they just said you know that they're leaning towards it," said Gelakoska.

He's also beginning to see interest from outside the Northwest, with another Pac-10 school asking for junior tape.

"I talked to Arizona, coach (Mike) Tuiasosopo called our school and I called him back," said Gelakoska. "They don't have any tape on me so I guess they heard about me through the grapevine."

THE BOOK ON 'Broadway Jake' is a quarterback with a live arm to go along with his uncommon speed; he clocked a 4.52 in the 40 last year on grass at Jackson.

A first-team All-WesCo selection his junior season, he threw for 1,938 yards, 17 TDs and 6 INTs, completing 49 percent of his passes on 136 of 275 attempts. Gelakoska also rushed for 360 yards and 7 TDs in '05. He averaged 229.8 yards of total offense a game.

Gelakoska, an avid outdoorsman, said his family is mostly Dawg fans and he's a fan of the local school, but his decision will be based on how comfortable he feels in a program. Staying close to home is not much of a factor. Gelakoska turned heads at Washington State's camp last year.

There are over five minutes of video on Gelakoska's player page.

Jake Gelakoska profile and video

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