JC All-American finalizing OSU visit date

AMONG THE EARLIER OFFERS this recruiting season by Oregon State, junior college All-American defensive end Luis Vasquez. A fast and physical difference maker according to his junior college coach, the 6-3, 250-pounder with 4.7 speed has the Beavers "definitely" at the top of his list along with another Pac-10 school. And he is finalizing the details for an official visit to Corvallis.

A wide spectrum of schools are showing varying shades of the recruiting love to Vasquez. He holds offers from Oregon State, UNLV, Washington State and UTEP became the latest to offer recently. Oklahoma and Florida have requested tape. ASU has been making inquiries. Purdue has shown increasing interest.

Two schools have set themselves apart.

"Definitely Washington State and Oregon State, those are my top two right now," said Vasquez, who also noted he remains open to everyone.

OFFICIAL VISITS during the season are difficult for most junior college players because they play on Saturdays as well. For Vasquez, it's decidedly problematic because Arizona Western doesn't have a bye, so any trips over the next month-plus would most likely need to come after his regular season comes to a close. Vasquez said he and Oregon State are finalizing the date for next month.

"I have two I'm planning on doing," said Vasquez. "One at the end of November at Washington State, for the Apple Cup against Washington. And I have another one set up for the end of November, to Oregon State -- I just haven't set the date up."

Vasquez said all the schools are recruiting fairly hard, including those that have not yet decided on if they'll offer. But of late, Oregon State is in contact a little less than the others.

"I haven't talked to coach Cavanaugh in a while, but last time I talked to him it was a good conversation," said Vasquez. "Washington State is really on top of me right now. I've talked to coach Doba, coach Akey, coach Peterson. They're expressing that interest in me."

Vasquez went on to cite Purdue as another who has come on lately.

A JC ALL-AMERICAN as a freshman, Vasquez is seeing considerable more attention and double teams this year, as one might expect after putting up some crooked numbers on the stat sheet last year.

"It's going good, though, I'm still making plays," he said.

Last season Vasquez racked up 16 sacks among his 66 tackles in 10 games. The defensive end logged 13 QB hurries, 20 tackles-for-loss worth 48yds, had two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He earned NJCAA first-team All American, NJCAA Region 1 Defensive MVP, and WSFL first team honors. Vasquez was also the NJCAA Region No. 1 ranked football player overall.

He plans on graduating with his AA degree at the end of this year, which would make him eligible to enroll at a D-I school in January and take part in spring ball.

Vasquez said he would like to stay on the West Coast, but it won't be a dominant factor, and he has family back East. The campus life, "something not too crazy" that will offer an environment where it's about football and school and few distractions will be important to him, he said. And with two-to-play-two at the next level, the prospects for earning immediate playing time are also key.

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