In-state QB w/famous name high on OSU, Riley

HE HAS SOME pretty great football genes -- and an easily recognizable name for a quarterback playing in the state of Oregon. The 6-3, 180-pounder, whose father is a legend in the Beaver State, also plies his wares at a high school that has produced a considerable amount of gridiron talent at Oregon State. And he's seeing early interest from Mike Riley and the Beavs.

Jack Lomax (6-3, 180) out of Lake Oswego High threw for over 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season -- against only two interceptions.

"Boise State, Oregon State, those are the ones I'm personally connecting (with) right now," Lomas told BF.C recently.

And for good reason.

Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury played for the Beavers and the school has produced, in recent years and on the current roster, such black and orange notables as Will Darkins, Marcus Henderson, Gabe Miller, Michael Cole and Keith Robertson. Meanwhile, older brother Nick plays for BSU.

LOMAX TOOK AN unofficial to Corvallis a couple weeks ago, and Boise State last weekend.

"The Oregon State staff said they want to see me at their half-day camp," said Lomax. "The Boise State staff wants to see me at their camp as well. The Boise State one will obviously be a bit harder to be available for because this summer I'll be doing the NIKE camps, Elite 11 camps. But I'd like to be able to show my face there as well."

Oregon State's summer youth camp runs from June 20-23.

OPTIMALLY, LOMAX SAID, he'd prefer to stay out West for college. As for a current quarterback he wants to emulate, he picked ASU's Rudy Carpenter.

"I'm looking at the coach, for one -- I really like Riley and coach Peterson, they're great guys," said Lomax. "So I'm look for a coaching staff and then another one for me is the playing style they use. I like how Arizona State plays, that's the style I'd like to be involved in so they'd be a top choice, I haven't really been talking to them lately but that kind of offense is what I look at. Location is another.

"Carpenter at Arizona State, he's one of those smart, clever quarterbacks and he's fiery and a leader. He can throw the ball and he also can move his feet a little bit...and that's the kind of quarterback I want to resemble."

LOMAX IS THE son of Neil Lomax, who became a legend in the Beaver State with Portland State from 1977-81. Initially thrown into a game because of an injury to the starting QB, Lomax eventually held 90 NCAA passing records. He then went on to a nine year NFL career with the Cardinals and was selected to two Pro Bowls.

"He's always been giving me tips, he was my coach in Pop Warner. He definitely gave me the basics. He hasn't put a lot of pressure on me which is good, and thinks it's my decision on whether I want to play college football. He really looks at me as more of a student-athlete's just a bonus (to him) if I play football in college," said Lomax of his famous father.

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