Beavs '06 season resonates with JC hoss

WITH SEVEN offensive linemen on the roster listed as juniors or seniors, Oregon State appears in the market for JC hosses this class. One prospect out of El Camino by way of Miami received an OSU scholie offer just this week and spent some time talking with the OSU coaching staff. And from a recruiting standpoint, it's clear the win over USC and last season's 10-win campaign still resonates.

Oregon State's victory over USC last year, one of the more exciting games on the entire Pac-10 slate, has stuck with prospects like Cedric Mack, a 6-4, 335 pound bulldozer with three to play two. He received a scholarship offer from the Beavs just days ago.

"I just found out officially from the coach this week. They have a great program, everything is up and coming. They have great coaches and a great city. And they beat 'SC last year. They went 10-4 and they won their bowl game," said Mack. "And they beat 'SC," he repeated with a laugh.

A first team all-conference selection in 2006 his freshman year, Mack also holds offers from Florida International and Arizona. He's seeing interest from LSU, Miami, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Oregon.

Originally from Florida, Mack said location will not be much of a factor in making his 4-year college choice. A good criminal justice program, however, will be important.

"I kind of like it out here," said Mack about the West. "I could have a home at Oregon State which is only an hour and a half away from California..."The main thing is I'm really open to go anywhere. I've been hearing a lot of rumors saying I want to go home or stay close to home, the ACC, the SEC. But I'm open for playing anywhere -- Big 10, Big 12, Pac-10, I'm open to playing anywhere, it doesn't have to be close to home."

COACH NIGEL BURTON is running the recruiting point for the Beavers, and Mack has also sought out Beaver QB and former El Camino signal caller Lyle Moevao for input on Oregon State.

"Coach Burton texted me while I was in (a restaurant), eating healthy," said Mack. "He was just telling me about the school and our former quarterback goes there, Lyle. I've been hearing good things from Lyle about them. But we didn't really get too much into it, I was starving."

Florida International, whom Mack had an offer with coming out of high school, is probably the school he knows the most about at this early stage.

"I think they're going to be pretty good this year, their new head coach is the offensive line coach from Miami," said Mack.

Miami is a school Mack said he plans on checking out in-person over the next week or so. He was in the Phoenix airport catching a connecting flight to Florida on Wednesday evening for spring break.

COMING OUT OF Miami-Palmetto High, where he was an all-Miami Dade selection, Mack also saw recruiting interest from Miami, Florida and Florida State among others before heading the junior college route. He said there will be plenty of time between now and next February for recruiting as he goes through the process for the second time.

"Right now I'm focused on school and spring football. Now is the time when I really need to be focused on my team rather than recruiting. I want to take official visits to all the schools that have offered me," he said.

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