After OSU camp event, safety eyes Beavs

FOLLOWING A RECENT OSU camp event in Corvallis earlier this month, hard hitting Bellevue, Wash., safety prospect Jamal Atofau (5-10, 185, 4.52) spent some time talking with OSU head man Mike Riley. Is a black and orange scholarship offer on the horizon?

Atofau recently completed a swing through the state of Oregon, participating in both an Oregon State camp and a NIKE event. Atofau said Oregon subsequently sent an email saying they would talk about a possible scholarship offer in the near future. Oregon State, he said, mentioned similar.

"Oregon State was pretty much positive, the head coach, everybody there was positive," said Atofau. "They really liked me, they liked my footwork and stuff. And they liked my film. It was a good experience because they made us cover receivers in different positions, like eight yards off.

"Their head coach was giving me hints here and there (about offering) so we'll see."

Atofau also said he was named defensive back MVP at the NIKE camp.

Atofau says it is the Beavers who over the last month have been recruiting the hardest.

"Right now, I'm thinking that's Oregon State. They're really consistent even though they haven't offered me," said Atofau.

RECRUITING IS ABOUT relationships with coaches, facilities, distance and the prospects for playing time, to name a few.

It's also about things not as easily quantified -- the intangibles.

"The Cougs, I just get a vibe from them, I just feel real good about them," said Atofau.

Atofau has offers from WSU and Arizona. Washington State continues to send handwritten letters, he said, and Arizona has been keeping in close contact.

"I'm really interested in the Cougs, and the Cougs are really strong. And not only that, I have (Eric) Block and Keith Rosenberg there," said Atofau.

But Atofau also, he said, remains wide open and doesn't anticipate making a decision anytime soon.

FUTURE CAMP PLANS include events at Washington State, Washington, Boise State and UCLA, if he can fit them all in.

Bellevue also has a well developed offseason program, with Atofau and others participating in a recent scrimmage against Burien's Kennedy High.

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