Future Beav takes in 'electric' win over USC

FUTURE BEAVER JAKE GELAKOSKA was in Corvallis with family this past Saturday, taking in OSU's thrilling 33-31 win over USC. The 6-4, 215-pound quarterback with the live arm has been in weekly contact with the Beavers' staff via the phone line since his verbal commitment but at the end of the game, he rushed the field and saw some OSU coaches and players up close and in person.

"It was electric," said Gelakoska of the afternoon in Reser Stadium. "I talked to a couple (coaches) and I talked to Sammie Stroughter afterwards -- I rushed on the field. It was pretty crazy."

Decked out in an Oregon State hat and taking in the Oregon State game day experience, Gelakoska said his freshman year can't get here fast enough.

"I can't wait. I cannot wait to go to college. It was so much fun just going around campus and being there," he said.

Although it was an unofficial visit, Gelakoska, out of Mill Creek, Wash., was still able to get some face time with coach Bruce Read, whom he also talks to every week on the phone.

"I talked to coach Read before the game and a little bit after," said Gelakoska. "He says he just can't wait for me to get down there...He tells me to work hard. We'll see how ready I am when I get there."

Gelakoska and OSU haven't talked about when he might take his official visit but he said he plans to be in Corvallis in a few weeks time for the Civil War.

HIS SENIOR SEASON has been something of a disappointment, Gelakoska said, with Jackson High at 4-5 headed into the final week of the regular season. On the year, Gelakoska is throwing at a 60 percent clip, with 89 completions out of 148 attempts for 1,148 yards. He has connected on 14 touchdowns versus seven interceptions.

Gelakoska's 60 percent completion rate this season represents an 11-point improvement over his junior year, when he completed 136 of 275 for 1938 yards.

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Gelakoska can also make plays with his feet. He clocked a 4.52 in the 40 last year on grass at Jackson.

Gelakoska, who played forward on the hard court for the Timberwolves last season, said he may again play basketball this winter but was still mulling it over.

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