Corvallis trip for Evergreen State ATH

MANY PREP PROSPECTS hold a firm desire to play the same position in college, although their best position might differ from the one they starred at on the high school gridiron. John Hekker out of Bothell, Wash. took home a number of awards as a QB his senior year and holds offers to play QB at smaller schools. But he's on an official to OSU right now and the Beavs like him at a different spot..

Namely, punter.

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Oregon State was recruiting Hekker (6-5, 210) back in the preseason and he attended their summer camp. It is within the past month, he said, that contact has markedly increased.

"Right now they're recruiting me as a punter," said Hekker. "...During the season it was quiet, until about 3-4 weeks ago. I sent down my highlight tape and they saw the quarterback stuff and I put some punts at the very end of it. They saw some promise in those and were asking me about coming down and taking an official, and they've sent a coach (for an in-school visit) up here."

HEKKER DID not yet hold an OSU offer when he arrived in Corvallis on Friday but the possibility exists that could change by the time he leaves on Sunday. A school will sometimes look to get a punter or kicker to walk-on and earn a scholarship, but schools will also offer a full ride for the right fit.

"I know they've been looking around at different kickers and punters around the area. Coach (Danny) Langsdorf told me they had a scholarship for a punter. But he hasn't given an indication they're ready to offer me a scholarship..they're going to find a good kicker they're happy with, so..." Hekker said before his trip.

HEKKER HOLDS A pair of D-II offers from Western Oregon and Western Oregon to play quarterback, (WO is talking to him about both QB and P) but said there was little question that if given the choice, which offer he would accept.

"I'd definitely like to go to Oregon State because I've been down to their campus and seen everything that had to offer," said Hekker. "Whatever can get me brought on to their program I would gladly accept.

"Their coaches really bring a family like atmosphere to the program and their facilities are top notch."

Hekker also said OSU stands out with respect to his planned major.

"Education-wise they have a strong Pharmacy program and that's what I'm looking to major in so that's another big thumbs up," said Hekker.

HIS SENIOR SEASON, Hekker kicked 21 punts for 771 yards (avg. 36.7) with a long of 57 yards. He also connected on nine field goals and 31 PAT.

At quarterback in '07, he connected on 136 of 224 attempts (61 percent) for 1,981 yards, and threw 21 touchdowns against nine interceptions. Hekker led Bothell to a 13-1 record, and the 4A state title game for the second straight year in '07.

He earned first team all-league honors at both punter and quarterback and was a second team all-league kicker this season, and was named a White Chip by The Seattle Times in their annual recruiting rankings. He has been selected to play in the East-West all-star game later this year.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • A versatile athlete, Hekker stars in basketball and track (triple jump). He sas a 32-inch vertical leap.
  • John is the fifth of five Hekker brothers to star at Bothell.

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