Prep star on an Alaska flight path

THE TOP FOOTBALL RECRUIT in the state of Washington, as far as scholarship offers are concerned, is Auburn's Kellen Kiilsgaard. The 6-2, 210-pound southpaw with 4.55 speed, who holds eight offers, will be in the area later this month for Auburn's team camp at nearby Linfield College. He talks leaders, distance, decision timetable and more in this update.

Until the end of this month, Kiilsgaard is in "football mode" with Auburn's team camp followed by a day at the UW's camp. Starting in July, it's all about baseball with Kiilsgaard playing in a summer league for Taylor Baseball until the first week in August.

HIS LIST OF LEADERS, with all seven tied, includes Oregon State, Washington State, Oregon, ASU, Arizona, Cal and Stanford. Idaho has also offered.

Kiilsgaard said he expects to take the next 4-6 weeks to trim his list to a final few.

"In the next month or so, I'm really going to sit down with my parents, get it all on paper and really narrow it down to a smaller list," he said.

A lefty with an upper 80s fastball, Kiilsgaard could also end up being a MLB draft pick next June but Auburn High coach Gordon Elliot said that while much would depend on how high he might go, education is a priority in the Kiilsgaard family. Kiilsgaard's father is a teacher and his mother is a counselor.

Kiilsgaard says he wouldn't mind playing both but understands it would be a tough road to play well in two sports at the college level.

THE LOCAL SCHOOL has yet to offer, but Washington has recently been recruiting Kiilsgaard harder. A scholie offer, either on defense or possibly at quarterback, could come during the UW camp at the end of June.

"I wouldn't say it would push them into the lead but it definitely would put them in the running or at least onto my list," said Kiilsgaard. "I can't really take anything for granted but if the UW did offer, it wouldn't push them to the top. I wouldn't be by any means ready to commit to them or anything like that."

"They're going to evaluate me at quarterback and then (decide) what to do offer-wise. They've been completely up front with me. I think what they're deciding on is they're probably ready to offer me as an athlete on defense, but want to evaluate me first."

Kiilsgaard said perceptions his preference to stay close to home would be incorrect -- distance will be a non-factor.

"I don't mind going anywhere that Alaska Airlines flies," said Kiilsgaard. "My sister works for Alaska so my parents can fly down."

HE RECENTLY TOOK "all-day" unofficial visits to ASU and Arizona. It wasn't enough to break the deadlock between the Sun Devils and the other six schools but he liked his time in Tempe a bit more more than Flagstaff.

"I came away probably more impressed with Arizona State," said Kiilsgaard.

Kiilsgaard earlier this month became the first high schooler to go yard at Safeco Field, turning on an 0-1 inside fastball and jacking one over the right field fence. Good thing he missed on the first pitch, when he had tried to drag bunt. "Telling you though, I would've been safe because the third baseman was playing really deep on me," he said.

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