SW Wash. OL trips to Corvallis this weekend

HE PLAYS TIGHT END in high school but when he gets to the college level, he'll be moving inside a bit on the offensive line. The 6-6, 260 pounder is choosing between two Pac-10 schools, Washington State and Oregon State, has visited one officially and takes his trip to the other this weekend. Will he be a grayshirt candidate, or will one of the schools look to bring him in this August?

For Kelso's Colin Kelly, who was offered by Washington State and Oregon State in mid December, it would seem to make sense to delay enrollment -- both schools have talked about it with him.

First, he'll be playing a new position in college and by enrolling in January, he would have both a spring ball and voluntary offseason workout sessions in the summer, with the team, before heading into his first fall camp. His intended major is Education, which often requires students to spend five years completing their degree.

He could also use this coming fall to put on some more weight and muscle on his 6-foot-6 frame.

"That's another big thing, so I can get a a little bit bigger because I weight a lot less than all the other offensive tackles," said Kelly.

OREGON STATE, however, has of late also been talking to him about the possibility of not grayshirting but coming in this August with the rest of the 2008 class.

"Oregon State, they aren't quite sure yet but said they would know by pretty soon. So I might have an answer on that (this weekend) or sometime soon," said Kelly.

MEANWHILE, BOTH SCHOOLS have been using the contact period to sit down for some face-to-face time. WSU's Mike Levenseller was at Kelso High last Wednesday, OSU's Danny Langsdorf came over for an in-home on Friday night.

This week, prior to his official visit to Corvallis, Beaver coaches Mike Riley, Mike Cavanaugh and Langsdorf were scheduled to stop by for an in-home.

Distance could play a factor in his decision, Kelly has said, with OSU a bit closer to home than WSU.

Kelly earned first team all-league honors this past season at tight end and also played defensive end for Kelso.

Speaking to his athleticism, Kelly is having a good hoops year in his senior campaign, with an average nine ppg earlier this season.

"I scored 16 and then 14 points (recently) so hopefully that's gone up a little bit," said Kelly.

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Both schools like the athletic Kelly at offensive tackle. "They talk about how athletic I am (projecting) as a tackle and how they like how I play sports year round. They said I have really good feet, that I have really good footwork," said Kelly, who has played tight end on offense the past four football seasons.

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