Beavs lead for electric in-state playmaker

SMALL RUNNING BACKS have thrived at Oregon State over the years -- there is something to be said for having the ability to get lost in between the tackles, along with some quicks, moves and a sudden burst. One Portland area running back claimed his first Pac-10 offer from Oregon State recently. The Beavers lead for the electric Jesuit High standout, and he'll be in Corvallis on Friday.

Oregon State has a one day camp in addition to their full summer youth camp to be held later this June. Raphiel Lambert (5-9, 185, 4.5) will be among those in Corvallis tomorrow.

"I've been down there a few times," said Lambert. "I like the campus and a lot of players from my school have gone there. I like the coaching staff, I think coach Riley is a good coach. Nigel Burton and me have a pretty good relationship. And another thing, it's close to home so that's pretty big. They're competing, and their program is doing well."

Lambert said it's early but he does have a leader.

"Oregon State has been interested in me since last year and to get the offer was great so as of right now, they are my leader. And hopefully more offers are to come," said Lambert.

The Beavs' offer came on the heels of the Barton Camp with Oregon State coaches looking on. named Lambert the MVP for the Oregon QB and Skill Players, no small feat considering the players in that group. Lambert previously had offers from Montana and Portland State.

WHILE LAMBERT SAID Oregon State and Cal like him at running back, Washington and Oregon see him as a corner. Along with Washington State, the four Northwest schools are the ones catching his eye most right now, he said.

"I haven't been to a lot of schools but I've been to Oregon State, Oregon and UW and I've been to the campus before at Washington State so those schools stand out and they're close. But I'm also pretty open minded to everything right now," said Lambert.

Another school who could jump into the mix later this month is Boise State.

"I've been in contact with UW and Boise State quite a bit and I'm going to go to Boise State's full camp in June," said Lambert, who also plans on attending Oregon's half day camp on Sunday.

"I'm looking forward to having a very good summer and to impressing all the coaches that get a chance to see me. And the coaches that haven't seen me, I hope they come check me out because I feel I could be a good addition. Whatever school I go to, they're going to have a good player," he said.

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