Canada's tackling machine

TYSON PENCER, at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, gets noticed right off the bat for his size. Probably turned some heads last year when he racked up a record 25 tackles in a single game, too. And Oregon State caught the eye of the DE/TE prospect out of Delta, B.C. himself when he was in Corvallis for the Beavs half day camp.

Pencer doesn't hold an overly strong position preference but did say that while making the big play on offense has it's draw, he most enjoys the hitting on defense.

Ideally, Pencer said he'd like to make a decision before his senior season. He remains receptive to everyone but some schools are standing out.

"I'd say Washington State, Oregon and Colorado," said Pencer. "And Oregon State seems similar to Washington State in that the coaches were really nice and the town, again, thrives on the football team."

Pencer was at Washington State's high school camp last week and received his first college offer not long afterwards from the Cougs.

IN ADDITION TO Oregon State, Oregon and WSU, Pencer has visited a number of schools in the Lower 48 this offseason including Colorado, Washington and UNLV.

Oregon State, Oregon and Washington were quick stops, with Pencer planning another trip south later this summer to UO.

OTHER SCHOOLS HAVE talked about bulking him up and moving him inside but Pencer doesn't necessarily want to diminish those attributes -- namely speed -- that make him the player he is out on the gridiron.

"There has been a little of that, 'If you gain about 50 pounds we'll move you to d-tackle or o-tackle,' but I think with my speed, I don't think that would be where I'd best be used," he said. "I don't think I would be moved but I guess if they wanted me to..."

Pencer got most of his WSU camp work at defensive end with the Cougar coaching staff telling him they can see him playing either defense or offense.

Out of the same region as Cougar defensive end and No. 1 CFL draft choice Adam Braidwood, Pencer has some quicks (4.62 in the 40) to go along with his size.

Pencer racked up a ridiculous 25 tackles in the game against Windsor last season. "That's the game tape I sent out to everyone," he said. Video on Pencer should be arriving to shortly.

Pencer has played the game of football for 11 years, first buckling up the chin strap when he was 5 years old.

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