Four-star hoss takes in OSU Preview Day

MATT SUMMERS-GAVIN out of San Francisco is one of the top rated o-line prep prospects out West in the 2007 class. With early offers well into the double digits, including one from Oregon State, the 6-4.5, 280 pound hoss traveled north to the Beaver State for a pair of Preview Days this past weekend.

Summers-Gavin visited Corvallis and Eugene Friday and Saturday, respectively, receiving some up close attention and personal meetings with both head coaches.

"They were both very nice campuses, all the coaches treated me well," he said. "It was a real good experience at both of them."

But Oregon might have rolled out a bigger red carpet. One member of Oregon's coaching staff went to the same high school as Summers-Gavin, St. Ignatius College Prep, and others are from the Bay Area.

"The Oregon one I think I liked a little more...I got my own personal tour at Oregon where everyone else there went in a group, so they were really making (an effort)," he said.

POST-WEEKEND, Summers-Gavin said his leaders are Cal and Oregon. He did, however, want to make sure the point was made concerning two areas of his recruiting process: He isn't close to being ready to make a verbal commitment, and his leaders are subject to change.

"My two current leaders are Cal and Oregon -- for now," he said. "I'm going to take my visits, and I'm open. I'm saying this: Just because Cal and Oregon are my two leaders, that doesn't mean that's set in stone. I'm going to be narrowing it down at the end of August. That's when I'll know the 5-to-maybe-8 (finalists), take my five official visits and then go from there."

SUMMERS-GAVIN said two other Pac-10 schools along with Notre Dame -- he had a 30 minute phone conversation with Irish offensive line coach John Latina Sunday evening -- could be close to offering. He also called up WSU not long ago and expressed interest in the Cougar program.

"I let them know I was interested in them and they were real excited," said Summers-Gavin. "A good friend of mine, his brother and his whole family are huge Washington State fans, so I know about them.

CHANCES ARE ANY further unofficials this summer for Summers-Gavin would be to local schools in the Golden State. But he said he and his dad might also travel to the Evergreen State in August.

"I might go north and check out Washington and Washington State but I'm not sure at this point," said Summers-Gavin.

NOTE: There was a misunderstanding in the initial interview whether Washington and Washington State had offered. Summers-Gavin said Tuesday both WSU and UW have indeed offered.

"I actually have two full ride offers from both those schools. I'm waiting on USC and UCLA," said Gavin-Summers Tuesday. "From the way (Walker) was talking and telling me about the opportunities I would have there, pretty exciting," said Summers-Gavin. "Because I'm still open, I'm still narrowing it down.

There are over five minutes of highlight tape on his player page.

Matt Summers-Gavin profile and video


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