Beavs offer Evergreen State standout

OREGON STATE on Sunday night offered a 6-5, 244-pounder who could play defensive end, defensive tackle or tight end at the next level. He already held a pair of offers, including one from a Pac-10 school. One thing seems to be certain in light of the Oregon State offer, he shows up quite well on tape.

Travis Long sent out his tape to Oregon State on Thursday. Sunday night, Mike Riley called with a black and orange scholarship offer.

"I was on the phone with the Oregon State coach and they offered me," said Long. "...I had never talked to them on the phone before this. But they had been talking to my head coach a lot before this and were sending my letters."

Long, out of Spokane's Gonzaga Prep, said he doesn't know a lot about Oregon State or Corvallis just yet but he does have a friend on the team -- Matt Barker, who played with Long at G-Prep.

Long said Oregon State may bring him in on an official visit later rather than sooner.

"They might have to do it after the season when they have a little more time (to spend with recruits)," said Long.

LONG'S OTHER TWO offers are from Washington State and Boise State. Tape sent out this past Thursday went to the Beavs, Stanford, UW, Idaho, Oregon and Arizona State.

Long says he doesn't anticipate making a decision until sometime after the season.

"I'm just playing it by ear right now. I want to look at all the schools that will offer me and then decide which one is the best for me," said Long.

LONG HAS A very good set of hands and long arms which ahs led some recruitnicks to speculate he might play tight end at the next level. At the same time, he's shown considerable promise as a defensive lineman and has plenty of room to pack on weight and muscle.

Athletically gifted, he was a two-way jack-of-all-trades as a junior, playing tight end, running back, linebacker and long snapper, as noted here.

Long is also a star in the classroom, with a 3.91 GPA, something that Riley noted when he made the black and orange offer.

"Oregon State said they liked how good my grades were too," said Long.

This past Friday, Long sat out the fourth quarter in a 35-3 win over Rogers and they didn't run much to his side. He also played sparingly on offense but made his one touch count, taking it 74-yards to the house on a running play.

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