Louisiana OL ponders Beaver State return

WITH HIS APARTMENT IN RUINS and his high school thrown into disarray by Hurricane Katrina, it was an easy decision for Kyle Plouhar to make the move to Oregon and play his junior year at Sprague High. The 6-5, 290 pound offensive lineman is back in Louisiana this season, with Oregon State one of the schools on his preferred list of college destinations.

Plouhar, now back at Fontainebleau High, said he's hearing from the most from Oregon State, UConn, Utah, Kansas, Oregon, Mississippi State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette (offer), and Ball State.

Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf is running point for Oregon State.

"I like him a lot," Plouhar said. "I know for recruiters it's their job to make us like them but I like him a lot."

Plouhar this offseason participated in the LSU, Michigan and Michigan State camps and also attended, with good result, the Beavers summer youth camp in Corvallis.

"They told me that they were pretty interested in me after the camp," said Plouhar.

Plouhar said he has family in Michigan and Michigan State is one of his favorites, but he hasn't seen much contact from the Spartans. His parents, however, live back in Oregon, and that is also a powerful draw.

THE PLOUHARS MOVED TO Louisiana about seven years ago. His folks then moved from Louisiana to Oregon in 2004, with Plouhar convincing his parents to let him stay in the Bayou, for athletics and to finish up his prep years in familiar surroundings. And there was a lot of convincing to do.

"It was pretty rough at first," he said. "But football down here is way better, and there's a better (chance of) being recruited down here."

Plouhar evacuated before Katrina hit -- the hurricane virtually destroyed the apartment he and his brother had lived in. Plouhar moved to Oregon, one of 100-plus students displaced by Katrina who enrolled at Oregon high schools. At Sprague, he played in five games, earning third team Valley League all-star honors.

The strength of the football team and program, location and environment will all factor into his decision, said Plouhar. A strong Economics and Finance program will also be important, said Plouhar, with stock broker as a potential career choice.

Recent strength numbers include a power clean of 270 pounds, a bench press of 320, and a squat of 410.

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