Recruiting '07: Pflugrad follows dad south

IT POSED A difficult decision for Aaron Pflugrad. Head south with dad Robin, who recently left Washington State to take a coaching position with UO, or remain in Pullman for his senior season. Were he to enroll in the state of Oregon, that would also mean he'd be that much closer to a school he had a great camp experience at -- Oregon State.

After deliberating the past couple of months and visiting Sheldon, South Eugene and Marist, the younger Pflugrad decided to move down south and enroll at Sheldon last week.

"It was a real tough one, but I wanted my dad to be able to watch me play my senior year is what it came down to," he said.

Last season, Pflugrad (5-10, 165) helped lead Pullman to a perfect 14-0 mark and the school's first ever state football championship.

And recruiting is starting to heat up. In addition to WSU, BYU, Eastern Washington, Montana State and Northern Arizona, others are showing increased interest of late, including the Beavs.

"Boise State and Arizona State I've been hearing from, plus Idaho and Oregon State," said Pflugrad. "I actually went to Idaho's junior day. And I got invited to Oregon State's junior day on the 27th, it is, I believe."

Pflugrad has good memories of a previous camp at Corvallis, and the junior day at Idaho was a chance for him to reconnect with some of the former Beaver coaching staff.

"I actually went to Oregon State's camp a few years ago when coach Erickson was there -- I really like him and I really like the coaching staff," said Pflugrad.

Summer camp plans include Oregon State, Washington State and Boise State, plus the one day camp at Oregon.

PULLMAN COACH Bob Wollan says hands and elusiveness are two of Pflugrad's strengths.

"What makes him special out on the field is everything he does off the field," said Wollan. "Aaron is probably one of the hardest working, most dedicated players I've ever had the opportunity to be around. As far as his training, routine, attention to details and studying film, he puts himself in position to have great success on the field.

"He's not real big but he has tremendous hands and his ability to make people miss after he gets the ball is just phenomenal."

The WR/PR might also play some cornerback this season.

THIS PAST SEASON, Pflugrad hauled in 30 receptions for 781 yards with 13 TDs -- with the bulk of the numbers coming early in the games as Pullman didn't throw often in the second halves due to large leads.

In the title game, Pflugrad scored two touchdowns, including the game winner. The first TD came on a fourth-and-five play where he made the safety miss. But it was his second touchdown with time running down that dropped jaws.

"The last touchdown catch with a couple minutes to go in the game is probably one of the best plays you're ever going to see," said Wollan, whose Greyhounds captured the 2A state title with a 28-24 victory.

Pflugrad took an out pattern designed to squeak out enough yardage for a first down. Thirty-five yards later and with a cadre of would-be tacklers in his wake, Pflugrad reached the end zone to put Pullman up for good with 2:20 to play.

"We figure he made five guys miss," said Wollan. "It's one of those types of plays I still get goose bumps talking about it."

That play, plus a host of others, will soon be up on Pflugrad's playing page. Check back soon for the video.

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