Recruiting '07: Beavs offer Cali DE

THE FOCUS ON the defensive end spot this past OSU recruiting class took on a junior college feel, with the Beavs hoping for immediate contributions from Dorian Smith and Keith Robertson. The early offers for the 2007 class, however, are from the prep ranks. The latest to receive a scholie offer from the Beavs -- Michael Reardon of Orange, Calif., a 6-6, 253-pounder his coach describes as an intense, driven competitor.

Reardon received his offer from Oregon State last week and had an opportunity to place a phone call to Corvallis from Orange Lutheran coach Jim Kunau's office.

"It went well, I liked the coach up there," said reardon. "He seemd a nice guy."

Reardon has received four offers over the past week and a half, bringing his total to six. Besides Oregon State, he also has received full rides from Nebraska, Colorado State, Ole Miss, Washington State and Arizona.

Other schools of interest include USC, Stanford and UCLA. Reardon will head to Stanford on an unofficial visit April 11 and just got back from Southern Cal's junior day this weekend.

"Pretty much all 200 prospects had their shirts off along with all the coaches having their shirts off," said Reardon. "Coach Carroll and all the coaches were getting everyone pumped up, having everyone take their shirts off. It was pretty cool....I felt like it went really well. I liked the coaches there and everything."

Reardon said all schools are even, although he enjoyed USC's junior day and has enjoyed the conversations he's had with the Stanford coaching staff.

PREVIOUS REPORTS HAD Reardon with an offer from Arizona State, and that he might be looking to make an early decision before his season starts -- but he said that's not the case.

"I'm in no rush," said Reardon.

AS A JUNIOR, Reardon racked up eight sacks and 80 tackles from his defensive end position but where he plays in college will depend on the signing school. Reardon said Oregon State and others are looking at him at defensive end while others see him as an offensive tackle, tight end or defensive tackle.

"USC wants me to come to their camp, play offensive tackle so they want to see if I'm capable of playing there," said Reardon.

Reardon's preference would be to play defensive end, but said he'll gladly play anywhere he can best help a team. Besides hitting the quarterback, he said he enjoys being a run stopper from out on the edge.

"If you do a good job, you can contribute a lot by stopping the run from going to your side," said Reardon.

Wherever he ends up, Kunau said he'll bring plenty of game with him.

"He is a very intense driven competitor and then you combine that with a great work ethic and humility, and he has a very powerful presence both physically and I think from a larger sense, a character standpoint," said Kunau. "He is a big kid, 6-6, 250 but he has a much larger presence than his frame belies and his frame is pretty good."

What has drawn schools to Reardon is the versatility given his size -- it's not often a prospect has the skills set to play either DE, DT, OT or TE at the next level.

"For a big man, he has excellent feet and I would attribute that to basketball," said Kunau. "Until now, that had been his primary sport. He's the best basketball player in our program. He has very good feet, very fluid."

AN EXCELLENT STUDENT, Reardon has a 3.9 GPA and just took the SAT. Key to his decision will be academics followed by "the athletic part of it."

Michael Reardon

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