Cali OL gives Corvallis trip high marks

THE STEADY STREAM of high school visitors to Corvallis this spring continued this past weekend. Among those present for spring drills was a 6-4, 265-pounder who traveled up from California. Described by his prep coach as athletic, smart and physical, the offensive line prospect came away impressed with all things black and orange after spending some one-on-one time with the Beaver staff.

"Over spring break I went up to Oregon, Oregon State and the Huskies. I liked Oregon State a lot just because of the way they treated me, a lot of one on one time with the coaches," said offensive line prospect Jason Heath out of Del Oro High in Loomis, Calif., about 30 minutes northeast of Sacramento.

Heath is already making plans for a return trip to OSU in late June, when the Beavs hold their summer youth camp.

"I'm going back up with my coach I think, I'm not positive, but I think I'm going back up with coach Taylor maybe to go one of their camp days, one of their half days," said Heath.

AN ALL LEAGUE SELECTION, Heath also stars in the classroom, carrying a 3.6 GPA.

"He's just a very good athlete. Smart, physical and a team guy," said Del Oro coach Casey Taylor.

Sacramento State is showing increasing interest and could be close to offering. For some of the others, seeing tape of Heath, in person, at their camp or after his first few senior season games might occur before a decision on whether to offer is made.

"(One school) jokingly said 'Don't sign anywhere because we want to talk to you a little bit more,' but they all kind of said 'We're going to be watching you this year.' They've said I'm agile, get off the ball well, they like my footwork and my body frame. They tell me I have potential," said Heath.

HEATH ALSO visited Washington State this past weekend.

"It was really fun, I liked it," said Heath. "Having lunch with the offensive line coach was pretty awesome. He's a cool guy. He seems pretty hard nosed, played in the NFL and he seems to be a really good coach. He's awesome."

Heath left Corvallis and Pullman without an offer, although he said he was made to feel at home and received plenty of attention from the both staffs.

"I just remember we were all having a meeting, there was a bunch of kids everywhere, (a WSU coach) yelled out my name and told me to stand up and started talking to me. That was really nice, I liked that," said Heath.

HEATH APPEARS to be the top prospect at Del Oro this season but another getting looks is linebacker/running back Hunter Pahl. Fresno State, Oregon, Utah and Air Force are among those who have expressed interest, with Fresno State recruiting the hardest. His junior tape will ship out in the next week or so, Pahl said.

Pahl (6-0, 195) earned his league's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2006, beating Granite Bay's Miles Burris for the honor. Burris signed with San Diego State this past February over offers from Nebraska, Boise State and Nevada. Pahl also earned all-state underclass and all-city recognition following his junior campaign.

Pahl logged 80 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery this past season.

"He's a great player, has a great nose for the ball," said Taylor of Pahl. "I know Fresno State really likes him. He's a great player and I think people need to get on him, and this is the time of year that things start to get going."

Education will be important, said Pahl, and the chance to earn playing time.

"I just want to play ball," he said.

  • Taylor lists six more potential D-I prospects from Del Oro:

    Ryan Otten (LB/TE, 6-5, 200), an all-league selection with a 3.0 GPA.
    Jack Reynoso (DE/TE, 6-3, 240), an all league selection with a 3.1 GPA.
    Coleman Saunders (QB, 6-2, 200), who holds a 3.4 GPA.
    Andrew Metter (DB/WR, 6-1, 190), an all league selection with a 3.7 GPA.
    Jeremy Hart (LB/FB, 5-11, 200), an all league selection with a 3.3 GPA.
    Craig Andri (DB, 6-2, 170), an all league selection with a 3.4 GPA.

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