Canadian tackling machine mulls decision

TYSON PENCER came down to the Lower 48 a few times over the summer, including a Corvallis stop where the DE/TE prospect out of Delta, B.C. caught the eye of the OSU staff at the Beavs half day camp. Arguably British Columbia's No. 1 prospect, Pencer racked up a record 25 tackles in one game in '05, and has a pair of D-I offers under his belt.

Pencer remains open, with Washington State, Oregon and Colorado the schools that have stood out most over the course of the recruiting season, and also says Oregon State is right there. The Buffs offered Pencer this past Wednesday, joining WSU who extended a scholie in June.

"I couldn't pick one or the other right now," said Pencer on naming a leader.

He visited Oregon recently over their Preview Day weekend but came away without an offer. Among the highlights were visiting with some of the Duck players.

"They want to see how I compete with American teams," said Pencer of UO, with Sands Secondary scheduled to play at Seattle's Nathan Hale among their early games. "Oregon wants to watch me a little because I guess they haven't had good luck with Canadian players, they said," explained Pencer.

Out of the same region as former WSU defensive end and No. 1 CFL draft choice Adam Braidwood, Pencer (6-6, 240, 4.62), the Cougs see Pencer, who spent some time talking to Braidwood earlier this summer, as having the ability and skills set to play either defensive end or tight end. The Canadian tackling machine saw most of his work at the OSU and WSU camps on defense.

SOME SCHOOLS HAVE talked about him bulking up and moving inside but Pencer said he 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," says Pencer. "I don't think I would be moved but I guess if they wanted me to..."

At one time it looked like a decision for Pencer was close but it now looks like one won't come until September or possibly later, with Pencer mentioning he may end up wanting to take a few official visits before making a verbal commitment.

Besides Oregon State, he's visited a number of schools in the States this offseason, including Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, Washington and UNLV. Pencer has been able to spend the most time thus far in Pullman, Boulder and Eugene.

"I really liked the coaches at Washington State and Colorado," he says.

Given his two offers, it's safe to say the feeling is mutual.

NOTES:
  • Pencer racked up 25 tackles in the game against Windsor last season. "That's the game tape I sent out to everyone," he said. Video on Pencer is available on his player page, linked below.

  • Pencer took to the game early, with 11 years of playing football already under his belt, first strapping on the pads when he was 5 years old.

    Tyson Pencer profile and video


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