Corvallis interested in what happens in Vegas

CALIFORNIA AND THE NORTHWEST will always make up the heart of the Oregon State football program. Still, the Beavs also have shown an ability to snare talent beyond the west coast, with players from Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada dotting the 2006 roster. And for the '07 class, the Beavs are looking at an increasing number of those out-of-area prospects, including Las Vegas' Drew Bernhardy.

A big hitting safety prospect, Bernhardy through four games at Bishop Gorman High is the team's leading tackler with appx. 30 tackles through three games.

Schools calling since Sept. 1 include Colorado State, UNR, UNLV and, "a lot of WAC and Mountain West schools." Oregon State, Cal and Stanford have shown interest, and Oregon has been upping the amount of mail they send to the Bernhardy mailbox.

Idaho is a school Bernhardy has not spoken to recently, which is odd considering he apparently has a scholie waiting for him in Moscow.

"I think I have an offer from Idaho, that's what my coach told me, but I haven't talked to them since earlier this summer," said Bernhardy. "They actually just call my coach about me."

A PLAYER WHO thrives on contact, Bernhardy favors Boise State, Colorado State, Cal and Stanford at this point, saying he remains open to all schools. Bernhardy said he anticipates setting up his official visits over the next couple of months.

"Important will be playing time, location and whoever wants me the most," said Bernhardy. "I have a really good relationship with all those coaching staffs. I've talked to a couple schools that said they like the way I come up in the alley not afraid to hit, that I'm really aggressive. They've said I've got good feet, know how to cover one-on-one."

To wit, Bernhardy's cover schools are good enough that some schools, such as Stanford, recruiting him as a safety-slash-cornerback.

AN ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTION both his sophomore and junior seasons, the Bernhardy tally listed 111 tackles heading into this season, with 11 forced fumbles, six tackles for loss, five interceptions, one sack and seven fumble recoveries.

"Drew is a big-time hitter," says prep coach David White. "He is a vocal leader who understands how to control a defense. He combines his physical ability with his speed to become a great defensive back. I believe he is a mid-major Division-1 football player."

If Bernhardy has his way, he'll play his way over the course of the season and drop the "mid" from that description.

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