Technician WR watches stock climb

AARON PFLUGRAD HAS plans to hit Oregon State's summer youth camp that starts next week. Make no mistake, Pflugrad was a solid prospect as a junior but it's become apparent 'The Technician' made significant strides this offseason. So much so, the WR from Eugene's Sheldon High could be on the cusp of adding his first Pac-10 offer to the list of four he already holds in his back pocket.

With a slight groin pull nearly healed, Pflugrad received the doctor's ok to go full speed beginning last Thursday. Which was nice, seeing as how Pflugrad, probably around 90 percent, went full-tilt all day at the passing league at Mountain View High in Bend, OSU's half day camp and at the half day camp at Oregon.

In Corvallis, Pflugrad clocked one of the fastest times in the 40. Despite some tired legs Sunday, he still ran one of the top overall times at UO. But what has turned the heads of college coaches this year at various camps, combines and unofficial visits isn't only Pflugrad's speed, it's his technical skills.

"Coach (Mike) Riley said he really likes the way I run routes, and I did pretty good in the one on ones there," said Pflugrad. "Coach (Bruce) Read told me my name comes up quite a bit in their meetings and that I'm definitely on their radar."

Mike Bellotti was even more effusive in his praise.

"Coach Bellotti told me I'm probably quickest in and out of my breaks than anyone he's ever seen at this age," said Pflugrad (5-10, 165, 4.52). "He told me an offer is definitely a possibility. "I did really, really well in the one-on-ones there and he said he'd just like to see me against a great 6-2 corner, see how I do against the jam."

If you suspect dad Robin being the receivers coach at Oregon has something to do with Bellotti's comments to the younger Pflugrad, think again.

"Coach Bellotti said to me he's had coach's kids in the past who've been pretty good players that he's invited to walk-on but didn't give a scholarship to," said Pflugrad. "He said he wanted to let me know in my situation, he's really thinking about making an offer, that it has nothing to do with my dad, that I'm a legitimate offer prospect."

"I wouldn't want to go somewhere just because my dad is a coach there -- I've worked real hard for it and I'd want to know that I earned it."

Pflugrad said he's "pretty sure" he's going to also attend Washington State's summer camp. The Cougar coaches are certainly familiar with him, his father having coached the previous five seasons out on the Palouse but based on his performances this spring and early summer, Pflugrad looks to have significantly improved his stock since last November during Pullman High's march to the 2005 2A state title.

Compared with the other top six receiver prospects at the Stanford combine, Pflugrad's numbers leap off the page, including 19 reps on the bench with 185 pounds and a 33.8 inch vertical. But his route work and technical skills is what appears to have really caught the eye of a number of college coaches this offseason.

Pflugrad is now up to four offers -- Idaho, Eastern Washington, Portland State and Northern Arizona.

Aaron Pflugrad

NOTES:
Pflugrad clocked a 10.8 in the 100 meters at a track meet at Willamette High in May 2006, and took home the MVP award for Sheldon's track team this season.

He had hoped to also attend the NIKE combine in Eugene last weekend but thought it more important to be with his teammates at the passing league.


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