SW Wash. hoss back from WSU, eyes OSU visit

A PREP OFFENSIVE LINEMAN from the Southwest corner of Washington state who hold a Beaver offer has begun to take his official visits. The 6-6, 260-pound OT prospect with two Pac-10 offers in his back pocket talks about his first official trip, where the Beavers now stand and what lies ahead on his schedule with February's Signing Day fast approaching.

The Beavers' chief competition for offensive tackle prospect Colin Kelly (6-6, 260) out of Kelso High is Washington State, to whom Kelly tripped to this past weekend. His official to Corvallis is slated for Jan. 25. Post WSU visit, Kelly said the Cougs and Beavs remain tied at the top.

"You think more of them (WSU) because you've been there and (had an official visit) but they're kind of just even still because I want to give Oregon State a chance. I want to see how it is that I fit in down there with the people and the coaching staff," said Kelly.

FOR THE BEAVERS, Danny Langsdorf, OSU's offensive coordinator and QBs coach, and Mike Cavanaugh, the Beavers' o-line coach, are running the recruiting point on Kelly.

Rich Rasmussen, Washington State's recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, and head coach Paul Wulff are recruiting Kelly for Washington State.

KELLY SAID Langsdorf was to call late Sunday night or Monday to check in and with the latest contact period beginning on Sunday, that Rasmussen was planning to stop in Monday to touch base. Langsdorf, Kelly said, was also planning on coming by for an in-home likely sometime this week.

Kelly was one of the very first to be offered by Paul Wulff after Wulff was named head man for the Cougars back in December. Oregon State offered shortly thereafter. Kelly camped at Oregon State earlier this summer and took in some Beavers' games on unofficial visits over the course of this past season as OSU's interest grew.

Both WSU and OSU have told Kelly, he said, they offered because of how athletic he is for his size and that he has excellent feet. Kelly has played tight end at Kelso the past four football seasons and plays hoops for Kelso.

MEANWHILE, KELLY GAVE his official visit to Washington State a big thumbs up.

"It was good, it was really fun. I got to meet all the new coaching staff. Marshall Lobbestael, he was my host and I liked him. The workout facilities were amazing and it was cool how close everything is there," said Kelly.

Kelly's parents were also in Pullman this weekend and had the chance to see the Wazzu campus.

"They were really impressed also with the school. It was really exciting because I'm the first of my family to have a chance to do this," said Kelly.

Kelly did not, however, make a decision while he was there on his trip. How did he leave things with the Cougar coaches?

"I said I was really excited, and I really liked the school, and that I would base my decision on the other visit I have upcoming...There was nothing that I thought that was (a negative) about WSU. It was really exciting to hear about what they're going to do with the stadium. If I had to say there was anything (that was a drawback), I'd have to say no, there weren't any," said Kelly.

Kelly earned first team all-league honors this past season at tight end while also playing defensive end for Kelso. He is averaging nearly nine points a game this season on the hardcourt.

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The current contact period runs from Jan. 13 - Feb. 2. Signing Day is Feb. 6.

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