Beavs take closer look at Tumwater twins

COACH MIKE RILEY oft refers to Oregon State as "Linebacker U", and the Beavers are eyeing a pair of twin linebacker prospects from the state of Washington. A member of the Beaver staff was recently up in the Evergreen state for an in-person look at Zach and Matt Johnson in game action.

Zach (6-1, 205, 4.6) and Matt (6-1, 203, 4.7) Johnson do not yet hold an offer, though interest is increasing, Zach said, with the most recruiting love coming from Washington State and Oregon State.

Back in August, the twins visited OSU and spent time talking with recruiting coach Bruce Read and head man Mike Riley.

"In August, we were invited to go watch OSU's first pad practice and we talked to coach Read a lot there, and coach Riley talked to us for awhile, even saying that he is going to do everything he can to get us there."

A few weeks back, Read got in touch and also attended one of Tumwater High's games.

"Coach Read also called us and then showed up at our school the same day as (WSU) coach (Leon) Burtnett," said Zach.

Weber State is scheduled to come by practice today. Other schools of interest include Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Montana State, UCLA and "a bunch" of Ivy League schools.

Zach said WSU coaches Bill Doba, Mike Levenseller and Leon Burtnett have all placed calls since Sept. 1. The pair took an unofficial visit to WSU the last day of September and took in the Washington State-Southern Cal game.

"We talked to coach (Greg) Peterson and coach Levenseller there," said Zach. "It was awesome, the atmosphere and everything was crazy!"

HEADED INTO WEEK SIX against Elma, Matt had 37 tackles despite playing in only 3 1/2 games, due to a since healed ankle injury. Zach has logged 20 tackles on the year.

On offense through five games, Zach already had 662 yards on 65 carriers and 11 TDs, while Matt had 200 hashes on 32 touches and two TDs.

Complete stats were unavailable for Elma but Zach had scoring runs of 66, 56 and 4 yards, while Matt added a 13-yard touchdown run of his own in Tumwater's 49-0 win.

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