Resilient running back likes the Beavs

DURING THE May Evaluation Period, Oregon State twice came by Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., to inquire after running back Ahmed Mokhtar -- the second time with Mike Riley in tow. Shortly thereafter, the 6-0, 211-pound running back had an offer from Oregon State. The Beavs are in his top five, a trip to Corvallis could come later this month, and Mokhtar knows his OSU running back history.

"I like Oregon State," said Mokhtar, who said he was "pretty amped" to receiver the offer from Riley and Oregon State.

"I respect that they came up and offered me right off the bat but especially that they've produced some great running backs over the years in Steven Jackson and a bunch of other guys. I like Oregon State a lot, and want to go up and visit. I'm also feeling USC, UCLA, Cal -- those are some big programs."

Mokhtar's top five includes those four schools, with the Irish in the final slot. He does not have a frontrunner.

"You can go USC, UCLA, Cal, Oregon State and Notre Dame," said Mokhtar. "It's still pretty much even, I need to go on some visits and see where I'm comfortable at."

MOKHTAR HAS TALKED to just about all the schools recently. The Trojans, who also came by to observe him in practice, have asked Mokhtar to come to their camp so they can further evaluate him. He's also hearing regularly from plenty of other suitors, including Washington, Oregon and SDSU, with the Spartans possibly on the verge of offering. Mokhtar said he remains open to everyone, although his initial thoughts are to play in the Pac-10.

"And I kind of want to stay close to home, but I wouldn't mind a short plane ride home either," said Mokhtar.

THIS IS THE last week of spring drills at Mater Dei High, with the session coming to a close following next week's scrimmage. Following that, Mokhtar hopes to get out and visit some schools unofficially during the month of June although no plans have been finalized.

"I was talking to Oregon State and they want me to come up in late June for their Preview Day, June 29, and then Colorado State wants me to come up as well," said Mokhtar.

WITH A FRESHMAN quarterback starting at Mater Dei last year, Mokhtar shouldered the offensive load his junior season. With some of his best work in a playoff match up against Loyola, Mokhtar was the reason Mater Dei remained in the game in what ultimately turned out to be a CIF-SS Division I semifinals loss.

Selected All-Orange County first team, All-CIF Division I and co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Serra league, Mokhtar rushed for 1,498 yards on 254 carries with 15 TDs in 2005.

Ahmed Mokhtar

NOTES:
  • Described by the Orange County Register as a "resilient" running back, Mokhtar was clocked at 4.69 in the 40 at the Scout.com LA combine. "I didn't feel I was ready for the forty, but as the day went on I did a lot better and I felt pretty good," Mokhtar said at the time.

  • Oregon State freshman receiver Kyle Brown is a former Mater Dei standout. After grayshirting, the 6-4, 205 pound receiver enrolled this past January and took part in the Beavs' recent spring session.

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