Beavers offer All-State WR

FOR EUGENE'S AARON PFLUGRAD, all the early morning workouts, all the hard work and long hours the past few years has resulted in a Pac-10 offer. Oregon State and Mike Riley this week offered a scholarship to the first team all-state selection out of Sheldon High. Another Pac-10 school is also hard after the playmaking receiver, and they too are looking to bring him in on an official visit.

Pflugrad will trip to Oregon State either the Jan. 12 or 19 weekend. He first talked to Beaver assistant Jay Locey yesterday followed by Riley.

"Coach Riley offered me a full ride at Oregon State -- he said he realized it was kind of late here in January but that he'd like me to be part of their program. I feel really fortunate, and very excited that they offered me," said Pflugrad.

He said ASU has not yet offered but Dennis Erickson, who offered Pflugrad when he was the coach at Idaho, wants him to come in for an official visit to Tempe in the next two weeks as well. Pflugrad spent 1995-2001 in Tempe when father Robin, now receivers coach at Oregon, was a recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for the Sun Devils.

In addition to the Beavs, Pflugrad has a total of six offers, including one from Boise State. Besides ASU, Oregon is also lurking with the Ducks talking to Pflugrad about taking an official visit.

WIDE RECEIVERS are not born, they're made. Beaver great Mike Hass is the quintessential example.

And while Pflugrad has proven to be an outstanding athlete -- anyone who comes to a new school in March and proceeds to capture the school MVP awards in two sports, football and track, has athleticism coming out of their shoes -- it is as much Pflugrad's work ethic as anything else that's resulted in the offer from the Beavs.

Over the course of his junior year, Pflugrad could be found in the weight room at 5:45 a.m., going through his Adam Archuleta workout to improve on his speed and strength. Pflugrad got to know Archuleta, the highest paid safety in the NFL, when Archuleta was with the Sun Devils.

Pflugrad continued the hard work trend with the preparation for his combine performances in the spring, where he excelled in all areas. He then followed it all up with an outstanding senior year at Sheldon, grabbing 60 receptions and 11 TDs along with appx. 974 receiving yards.

Pflugrad at 5-10 and 165 pounds is not the biggest or fastest receiver -- although he does have some wheels, clocking a legit 4.52 in the 40 -- and every recruiter first goes after the 6-foot-4 man-childs coming out of high school. But what Pflugrad does have, and in bunches, is what coaches eventually come back to time and time again.

He just... makes... plays.

Time and time again, Pflugrad has been that "wow-guy" everyone takes notice of, and regardless of the competition.

In Pullman his junior year, he was the star of the 2A title game, yet the state of Washington's two higher classifications -- 3A and 4A -- garner most of the local press. At a NIKE combine this past spring, Pflugrad turned heads consistently turning inside out, among others, a sought cornerback with a number of D-I offers. Moving from Pullman to Eugene prior to the 2006 season, he went from 2A to 6A and earned first team All-State recognition as well as the team MVP Award.

AT THE END of the day, schools look for consistency when recruiting receivers.

Coaches recruit receivers they can count on, particularly in crunch time, who will catch the ball and move the chains. That's where Pflugrad, a technician at receiver with quick moves, has made his mark, and undoubtedly played a large part in the Oregon State offer.

Aaron Pflugrad profile and video

  • Pflugrad was the only Sheldon player and Class 6A Southwest Conference selection to earn first team all-state honors this past season.

  • Along with a 4.52 time in the 40, Pflugrad clocked a 10.8 in the 100 meters his junior year, and a 51.3 in the 400-m.

  • Pflugrad was named the MVP of Sheldon's football team this season, to go along with the MVP track team award he earned last spring.

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