Oregon State, Pac-10 eyeing G-Prep duo

LOOK FOR SPOKANE'S Gonzaga Prep to be a popular stop for Oregon State when the 2009 recruiting campaign kicks into overdrive with the May Evaluation Period. The Spokane school features two seniors-to-be with the frames, feet and work ethic to turn the pile of letters they're receiving into scholarship offers. Oregon State, says their coach, has been especially active in recruiting the twosome.

Offensive lineman Anthony Luna and multi-purpose Travis Long are hearing from the Beavers, three other Pac-10 Northwest schools as well as others, retiring G-Prep head coach Dave Carson recently told BF.C. In addition, Long – who maintains a 3.95 GPA – is drawing interest from Stanford and Duke.

Luna (6-4, 275) was a unanimous all-Greater Spokane League choice at center in 2007 and could play center or guard in college. Long (6-4 1/2, 230) was a two-way jack-of-all-trades as a junior, playing tight end, running back, linebacker and long snapper.

Luna projects as a college center or guard, Long as a tight end or defensive end.

"They're great kids with great attitudes," said Carson. "I think they're as good a Pac-10 prospects as Cameron Elisara was, and probably better."


Elisara was a touted lineman at Spokane's Ferris High who will be a junior defensive tackle for the Washington Huskies this season.

"Anthony is extremely strong and has a little bit of nastiness in him – he loves to knock people on their rear ends," Carson said. "Travis runs well and is a great competitor, and his academics will draw a ton of looks from recruiters."

He said the Northwest schools are showing the most love in both, with Oregon State especially active.

Carson's successor as head coach of the Bullpups is long-time G-Prep assistant Dave McKenna. He can't say enough good things about Luna and Long.

"The first that strikes you is that they both have Division I bodies," he said. "But they're both fantastic young men – extremely bright and hard working. They're Gonzaga Prep kinds of guys."

For a school that has sent the stand-up likes of Ryan Kensok, Steve Gleason, Wendell Smith, Ron Hawkins, Joe Danelo and so many others down the road to Pullman over the years, that last statement speaks volumes.

"Travis is super athletic," McKenna said. "I think he'll be a tight end in college because he has great hands and long arms. But with a little more weight he'd also make an outstanding defensive end. I know WSU really likes him."

Long is also young – only 16 – and may not be done growing.

Luna, whose older brother played football at Toledo, is extremely strong, said McKenna. And it's all natural. Get him into a big-time weight program, he said, and the results could be dramatic.

As for what colleges the two may be leaning toward, Carson and McKenna said it's too early to tell but felt the Northwest schools might have an edge.

Washington State's coaching staff will have a chance to evaluate Luna and Long up-close. G-Prep's team camp this summer will be at WSU.

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