'Broadway Jake' reels in OSU offer

IN SOME CIRCLES around the state of Washington, it's already being called the "Class of the Quarterback' as the 2007 vintage boasts a number of D-I prospects at the position. One who will be playing on Saturdays is Mill Creek's Jake Gelakoska (6-4, 215, 4.52). This weekend, shortly after setting foot on OSU's campus for the Beavers' junior day, Gelakoska received a scholarship offer from Oregon State. "Broadway Jake" also has a new leader, and might not wait too long before making his decision.

OSU asked Gelakoska and his family to come down early for the Beavers' junior day. Upon their arrival in Corvallis, after leaving the Seattle-area around 4:30 in the morning, the group headed up to Riley's office.

"I thought it was just so my mom could meet the coaches," said Gelakoska. "We went into coach Riley's office and he said 'I wanted to do this in front of your whole family,' and he offered me right there."

The Oregon State offer is the first for Gelakoska, a field general with a live arm who is just as comfortable making plays with his feet.

"It feels pretty good, I liked it a lot down there," said Gelakoska.

AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS for Gelakoska on the unofficial OSU trip, besides the scholie offer of course, included watching the coaches coach, and the players play, during the spring game.

"I just love their offense because they throw the ball as much as anybody in the Pac-10," said Gelakoska. "They throw the ball down the field a lot, too, and as a quarterback you've got to love that."

The Beavers' coaching staff also made a considerable impression.

"I like coach Riley a lot," said Gelakoska. "He's a really good guy."

GELAKOSKA SAID HE remains open to everyone, but that he has a slight leader. And he also might not wait beyond the summer before making his decision.

"Probably Oregon State because they've shown the most love," he said. "We're just waiting back, want to see my best offer and then hopefully get all this stuff done before the season starts and commit somewhere. So I'd say probably Oregon State...I'm pretty much open to everyone and enjoying the whole recruiting process."

The next few months hold a whirlwind of activity for Gelakoska.

"I know I'm going to go to Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State (camps)," said Gelakoska. "And then I'm going to go to the NIKE camps -- maybe the one at Stanford and I know I'm going to go to the one in Eugene."

GELAKOSKA EVEN HIT a camp this weekend after Saturday's junior day at OSU, working out at the Barton camp Sunday in Portland.

"I've been down there about six or seven times and they always work me out tough," said Gelakoska. "I like that."

Gelakoska said Taylor Barton, who helps father Greg with the camps, has gotten calls from Texas, USC, Notre Dame and Michigan inquiring after the Jackson High product.

GELAKOSKA WAS A first-team All-WesCo pick his junior season, throwing for 1,938 yards, 17 TDs and 6 INTs. He completed 49 percent of his passes on 136 of 275 attempts. He also had seven rushing TDs and 360 yards in '05. Gelakoska averaged 229.8 yards of total offense a game.

There are over five minutes of highlight tape on his player page.

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