RECRUITING: OSU offers uber-athlete

OREGON STATE HAS offered a football scholarship to uber-athlete Kellen Kiilsgaard. Mike Riley and crew see the 6-2, 215-pounder out of Auburn, Wash., as one who could play 4-5 different positions at OSU, including that of quarterback. He's also a sought baseball prospect, and could end up as a hard throwing lefty for the Black and Orange not only on the gridiron, but on the diamond as well.

Riley asked Auburn coach Gordon Elliot to have Kiilsgaard give him a call Friday and by the time the conversation was finished, Kiilsgaard had his fourth football offer. The Beavs had previously offered him a baseball scholarship.

"I haven't actually met anyone from Oregon Stage personally but he said from watching my film and from what they hear from my coaches, they were making an offer," said Kiilsgaard.

Kiilsgaard is an exceptional athlete and could play 4-5 different positions at Oregon State with Elliot saying the Beavs would give him the opportunity to compete at QB. Kiilsgaard was named South Puget Sound League-North offensive back AND defensive back of the year by the Seattle Times as a junior in 2005. He's started at free safety since his sophomore year.

"He's a really excellent defensive football player," says Elliot.

With baseball commitments, Kiilsgaard has a pretty full summer schedule but said visiting Corvallis is right at the top of his list.

"It's definitely a priority, I want to visit Oregon State real bad," said Kiilsgaard. "However that fits in, we'll probably make it work. It's really important to me to go see the campus and meet everyone because it's all been letters and phone calls with Oregon State."

KIILSGAARD WAS ABLE to fit in visits to Stanford and Cal this weekend. The Cardinal offered him at safety during the unofficial trip.

Kiilsgaard had already been a hot commodity in the Northwest prior to his California swing. In addition to the Beavs, Kiilsgaard holds offers from Washington State, Oregon and Idaho. Among the highlights of the visit to Palo Alto were attending a class at Stanford with friend and Cardinal quarterback Tavita Pritchard.

"I was really impressed with the whole campus," said Kiilsgaard of Stanford. "I was impressed with the coaches -- talked with both the football and baseball coaches -- and the whole school was very appealing. I was really excited to get an offer.

"At Cal, I made it over on Sunday night and got the whole tour, saw the campus and the facilities and that was also really interesting," said Kiilsgaard.

WHILE HE SAID he thoroughly enjoyed the experience, Kiilsgaard did not come out of the weekend with a frontrunner. He hopes to make an early decision, preferably sometime this summer before starting his senior season.

"I don't have a single leader," said Kiilsgaard. "All the schools that I have offers from are all definitely at the top of my list right now."

HIS BASEBALL OFFERS are too numerous to list but whether Kiilsgaard plays both sports in college is up in the air, saying football holds a special place in his heart.

"As much as I'd love to play both sports, I also know how much of a challenge it would be," Kiilsgaard said earlier this month and reiterated the sentiment Monday evening. "So if I really fell in love with Oregon, it would make it that much easier on me...My priority is definitely to play college football."

A LEFT-HANDER WITH an upper 80s fastball, Kiilsgaard could also end up being selected next June in the MLB draft but Elliot says that while much would depend on how high he might go, education is a priority in the Kiilsgaard family. Kiilsgaard's dad is a teacher and his mother is a counselor. Father Kjel was an All-State lineman at Spokane's Ferris High who went on to star at Idaho in the early 70s.

The book on Kiilsgaard: A player with good football instincts, plus fast, strong and a super athlete. Academically, Kiilsgaard is in the top 10 of his class at Auburn with a near-4.0 GPA.

Offensively in Auburn's Wing-T in 2005, Kiilsgaard rushed for 885 yards and 14 TDs on 142 carries. Through the air, he completed 46 of 89 passes for 743 yards and four scores. At free safety, Kiilsgaard racked up 62 tackles (45 solo) with four INTs. He's also been named all-league as a punter the last two seasons.

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