Evergreen State athlete eyes OSU

OREGON STATE is on the radar of a three-sport, state of Washington athlete who could play receiver, safety or corner in college. A 6-1, 190-pounder with 4.55 speed in the 40, the Tacoma standout has already received his first Pac-10 offer.

Jermaine Kearse (6-1, 190, 4.55) out of Lakes High has already received an offer from Washington State. He has no favorites who at this early stage in the recruiting process.

"I know it's a good environment over there, they have a solid program," said Kearse. "There's Washington, and I like the Oregon schools -- I like the area down there."

Kearse took home first-team all-league honors in 2006 as a defensive back and kick returner but Washington State appears to like him more on the offensive side of the ball.

"I think they offered me at wide receiver," said Kearse. "It doesn't matter to me where I play, I just want to play."

His prep coach says he has the skills to play receiver, safety or corner in college.

Kearse is also a basketball standout at Lakes, averaging 13.5 points per game as a shooting guard. The Lancers are 15-2 on the season and ranked No. 10 by the Seattle Times in their 3A state rankings.

After the hoops season winds up, Kearse is expected to go right on into track. He placed in state competition as a sophomore in the triple-jump this past year. Because of the busy schedule involved with basketball and track and field, Kearse said it's a little too early to tell which football camps or junior days may be in his future this spring and summer.

Kearse also spend a fair amount of time with his nose in the books, with a 3.2 cumulative GPA. He just took the ACT in the past couple of weeks.

"The education and the football program will be important in deciding where I go," he said.

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