Pflugrad makes camp connections

AARON PFLUGRAD was about "about 80-85 percent" at Oregon State's camp but the slight injury didn't keep him from hooking up on a number of passes with future Beaver Jake Gelakoska. The receiver/return man out of Eugene's Sheldon High had high praise for OSU verbal quarterback commit Gelakoska, and coach Mike Riley offered Pflugrad some praise of his own.

While Pflugrad's groin injury is expected to be 100 percent well before his senior season, he couldn't push off at full strength at the Corvallis event a couple weeks back. Nevertheless, he camped with the Beavs for two days.

This spring and summer, Pflugrad undoubtedly improved his recruiting stock. The receiver stood out over the course of a busy offseason of camps and combines, tying a number of defensive backs into knots during one-on-one drills, including at least one who has since received Pac-10 offers.

PFLUGRAD HIMSELF APPEARS one of those players who could be on the edge of a Pac-10 offer. If one comes, and when it comes, are the questions yet to be answered for the 5-10, 165-pound receiver with a 4.52 in the 40.

The OSU staff has told Pflugrad his name comes up often during their recruiting meetings and that he's definitely in the Beaver orbit. Another Pac-10 head coach after seeing Pflugrad live told him he was the quickest in and out of his breaks than anyone the coach had ever seen at that age. See the previous article for the full story.

AT THE OSU CAMP, Pflugrad and Jake Gelakoska connected on a number of passes, including a touchdown that drew hoops and hollers.

"Coach Riley said it looked like we had quite the connection and said he'd look into making it more than just a one-time deal," said Pflugrad. "As I was leaving, Riley said they were definitely going to keep their eye on me throughout the season."

Asked by Riley to go over with Gelakoska during the camp, Pflugrad and the four star verbal commit showed a chemistry as if they had been doing this together for awhile.

"He definitely has all the tools to be really good," said Pflugrad.

WITH HIS SENIOR SEASON fast approaching, Pflugrad decided -- ruefully -- that getting healthy was more important than potentially tweaking the groin further at either Oregon or Washington State's summer camps. He said he hopes to stay in touch with the trio, the four schools who have offered, plus a host of other suitors over the rest of the summer and into the fall.

Pflugrad's received four offers since the middle of May: Idaho, Eastern Washington, Portland State and Northern Arizona. Additional schools, besides the Northwest contingent, showing interest include Boise State, UNLV, UTEP and BYU.

  • Pflugrad clocked a 10.8 in the 100-m, and a 51.3 in the 400-m in May 2006. He took home the MVP award for Sheldon's track team this season after transferring from Pullman earlier this year.

  • At a combine held at Stanford, Pflugrad's numbers included 19 reps on the bench press and a 33.8 inch vertical. But his route work and technical skills there and throughout the spring and summer are what appears to have most caught the eye of a number of college coaches.

  • His junior season for the Washington state 2A champion Greyhounds, Pflugrad's regular season numbers included a 21.0 yard average a catch, with 28 receptions for 587 yards and nine TDs. In the state 2A title game, he had 106 receiving yards and two TDs, including the game winner.

  • recently ranked Pflugrad as the No. 5 receiver in the northwest region and No. 61 overall prospect regardless of position.

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