Beavs taking close look at Vegas showstopper

OREGON STATE was recently down in the Las Vegas area, scouting talent at the local high schools. One player who has caught the eye of the black and orange is a 6-2, 195-pound playmaker. Is his future on offense or defense at the next level and what does he think about the prospects of playing for the Beavs? Answers within.

The Beavs were recently in Vegas taking a look at Preston Davis out of Shadow Ridge High.

"Last week, Oregon State came down. They're another school...I had a lot of interest in them in the beginning and it kind of leveled (off) a little because I heard their receivers coach wasn't as interested but once their coach came down, for last week's game, I started to know maybe they are actually interested in me."

Davis has the skills and build to be a safety at the next level but said his heart is on the offensive side of the ball.

"They've picked up a lot (of ground)...but because they haven't offered they're probably a little lower... Coach (Greg) Newhouse, he's the one who is mainly recruiting me. He said they wanted me for defense (safety) but I expressed to him I wanted to play receiver. So they kind of had held back a little bit, and I think the receivers coach still wants to see more stuff on me.

"But I feel like I can play there."

AMONG THE OFFERING SCHOOLS, Idaho and Utah are making the biggest push these days for Davis, he said.

"I've been hearing from Utah a lot," said Davis. "I've been keeping contact with Idaho and Utah the most, I'd say right now it's between those two schools."

Davis has a tentative visit date to Idaho for Dec. 7 but there are still scheduling conflicts to iron out. Robb Akey, said Davis, is one of his favorite coaches to call.

"I actually like talking to him because he makes me already feel like I'm part of the team," said Davis. "I know obviously I'm not but just feeling like as soon as I get there it would be a good family atmosphere."

IT IS, however, another school who sits atop his list, said Davis.

"I would say it's Utah still, they're still the high (interest) one. Out of the schools that have offered, where I think that I could be the best, I think Utah is the one that stands out to me," said Davis, who plans to take his official visit to Utah on Dec. 1. Jay Hill is running the recruiting point for the Utes.

Other schools in the mix include Air Force, Nevada, Illinois and Colorado.

"Colorado, I'd still be interested if they'd offer me and everything but I talked to them recently and I'm not as high on their receivers list as I'd like to be, so I've probably lost a little interest in them just totally based on that," said Davis.

DAVIS AND SHADOW RIDGE haven't got as many wins as they had hoped (3-6) under a first year coaching staff but there have still been bright spots, many of them involving Davis.

"Last week, I had a pretty good game, I had four receiving touchdowns (10 catches, 222 yards). So things were going good and then this week it was a little harder to get me the ball because they were triple covering me. I ended up returning one on special teams for a touchdown," he said.

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