Evergreen State tight end eyes the Beavs

THE THIRD HIGHEST RATED recruit in the state of Washington, Burien's Everette Thompson just keeps picking up scholarship offers. The rest of his summer will feature more unofficial visits before gearing up for his senior season and among his suitors is Oregon State, one of the few schools who sees Thompson's college future on offense.

Most schools are recruiting Thompson (6-5.5, 231, 5.15) at defensive end.

"(College coaches) say they like my lateral movement on defense, and they like my quick feet," said Thompson.

Oregon State, however, sees him on offense, at the tight end spot.

"They like my size and my athleticism, and that I run pretty good routes," said Thompson.

THOMPSON'S 40 TIME in San Antonio in January was a 5.15. That probably also tells you the importance schools place on a 40 yard dash run without pads and often on a track. Football speed is what's key and Thompson's double digit offers, the latest being from Hawaii, and that OSU likes him at TE tells you more about the kind of a college prospect the Beavs' view him as prior to his senior season.

Unofficial trips to the Northwest Pac-10 schools, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon, are all possible before the end of the summer. Thompson also plans to take an unofficial visit to Boise State in the next week or so.

"I'm just going to go visit schools and see what they have to offer, get to know the coaches," said Thompson.

Thompson took an unofficial visit over to Pullman in the early part of the calendar year.

"I can see myself going there," said Thompson. "They really have a family based environment out there, they're really tight knit. It's a college town out there. And I like all that."

EARLIER THIS spring, Thompson didn't mention Oregon State to Scout.com when discussing a Top Five. In his most recent interview with Scout the first part of this month, he said he doesn't really have one but would narrow down his list at summer's end.

It does appear clear in talking with Thompson, however, that Oregon State has gotten his attention. It also appears clear that OSU and others will have to close strong in order to supplant his interest in the local school, UW. Thompson lives about 20 minutes from campus, a big draw he said, and has long been a Husky fan.

"Washington, I'm looking forward to their season, they have a lot of big schools coming in," said Thompson. "Oregon, they've been pretty good, on and off sometimes, but I like the group of kids they have there right now."

Washington continues to text message at least once a week, said Thompson. His decision timetable, although Thompson has said he'll probably wait until after his season is complete and he's taken all five of his official visits, could also be moved up. Thompson says "an early decision" is a possibility.

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Beginning tomorrow, schools can no longer text message recruits, a result of legislation banning the practice. It would appear, however, be only a temporary pause. The NCAA will revisit the ban Aug. 9, a response to the outcry from college coaches to limit rather than ban text messages. If reaffirmed, the ban will remain in place at least until January. Any potential changes to the rule that goes into effect tomorrow during the Aug. 9 meeting will immediately re-open the text-messaging back up. E-mails are still permissible and a recruit can still text message a coach. The coach, however, will not under the rules be allowed to text back.

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