The Shakemaster 2008

FOOTBALL NICKNAMES are as much a part of the game as are helmets and shoulder pads. One of the better ones for a prospect in this year's recruiting class, he tells us, came from a Pac-10 coach who has extended a scholarship offer to the 6-2, 190-pounder closing in on 2,000 rushing yards on the season.

Johri Fogerson (pronounced JOR-ee) says it was Mike Riley who commented on his long stride, deceptive speed and the ability to leave opposing players clutching at air.

"He called me the Shakemaster 2008, that was coach Riley," laughed Fogerson, a likeable RB/S prospect who has some swagger.

Fogerson said four BCS schools have offered.

"I have ones from Cal, Oregon, Oregon State and Boise State," said Ferguson. "I'd say it's (frequency of contact) equal."

He does not have a leader, though he says Riley and OSU have peaked his interest.

"Oh man, the Beavs. They're a football city so it would be great to play there. I talk to coach Riley a lot," said Fogerson. "He's a great guy. And he looks after his players, I can tell you that.

Fogerson also said he's seeing increasing late interest from Ohio State and Louisville. Whether he would play offense or defense at the next level is yet to be determined.

On offense, he's racked up an impressive 1,961 yards with 26 rushing touchdowns this season. He also has nine catches for 159 yards and two scores plus 163 return yards for an all purpose total of 2,283 hashes.

"They (schools) are giving me the option," said Fogerson. "I just want to go play at wherever I can first make an impact...A lot of the coaches say I'm faster than I look on film."

Official visits won't come until his season is over and he has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT, said Ferguson.

"Actually, I'm going to try and take football out of the equation when I go on visits," said Fogerson. "You never know what can happen, you can blow a knee at any time...I'm going to ask myself, 'If I were to go here and I couldn't play football, would I like it.'"

Additional senior season tape, said Fogerson, probably won't go out to colleges until "after we win state."

O'Dea, ranked No. 4 in the state's Class 3A and undefeated on the season, meets Meadowdale in a quarterfinal playoff game on Friday.

Johri Fogerson profile and video

On Oregon: "They're doing great this year and truthfully I'm impressed with the backs they have down there now so I wouldn't mind going down there to play defense. Their coaching staff is great from all the people I've talked to."

On Cal: "That would be great for me to go down there and play in the hot sun. I've got O'Dea grads down there, Brandon Jones and Tony Felder telling me, 'Come down and play on the defensive side with us.'"

On Boise State: "They just really want another running back to back up Ian Johnson.."

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