A senior season QB gem out of Lake Oswego

USED TO BE in recruiting schools decided off of senior season tape and first hand looks during a guy's final prep season. Nowadays, many schools have most of their class verbally committed before fall camp starts. But there are still gems to be realized, and offered, based on that senior year and QB Jack Lomax -- who is having a tremendous senior campaign -- recently pulled in an OSU full ride.

Jack Lomax (6-3, 180), son of legendary state of Oregon product Neil Lomax, is putting up some pretty legendary numbers of his own this season.

Lomax has thrown for 26 touchdowns and about 2,000 yards through only seven games for Class 6A No. 1 ranked Lake Oswego.

Oh, and despite the state leading TD total, Lomax has thrown only one interception all year.

Those numbers have already eclipsed what was a standout junior season stat line -- over 2,000 passing yards with 18 touchdowns against two interceptions.

OREGON STATE HAS long been recruiting Lomax and has stayed in close touch with LO coach Steve Coury. The Friday before last, the Beavs decided they had all the information they needed in order to decide on whether they were going to offer him a scholie.

Lomax had by that time engineered a thrilling win over powerhouse Jesuit and when Danny Langsdorf came down to watch the LO-Clackamas game in person, Lomax shined brightly with five TD passes on the night.

"I had no idea," said Lomax that the OSU offer was coming. "We were just going down there and we were going to watch practice and all of a sudden coach Coury said Riley wanted to talk to me...and Riley said, 'Jack I know this is overdue but we want to offer you a scholarship.'"

WITH VERBAL COMMITS trending earlier and earlier, the quarterback position is often the first one to collectively verbal. But that also means schools sometimes no longer have a spot for quarterbacks, or players in general, who blow up during their senior year.

This is the time when you kinda can tell if teams are interested or not," said Lomax. "..They've been interested for quite a while, they weren't sure if they were going to offer me or not I think. Then they had one of the coaches, (Langsdorf) come out to the Clackamas game...I had a pretty good game and we kept talking every week after that."

OSU IS not the only school who has taken notice of Lomax.

Hawaii offered the same day as did Oregon State, and Washington State has been calling for the past 5-6 weeks but said they might not take a second QB this class, said Lomax. Oregon just called in the last few days and there's been some interest coming out of Tempe with Dennis Erickson and Arizona State.

When it comes to recruiting, this can change at any time, but Lomax said he will probably make a decision sooner rather than later.

"My dream coming up as a high school player was to play Pac-10 college football," said Lomax. "To get an offer like this..

"'Coach Riley said 'I know it's pressure but you can take your time and make you decision, talk to your folks and talk to your coach. It was a good deal."

  • Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury played for the Beavers and the high school has produced, in recent years, such black and orange notables as Will Darkins, Marcus Henderson, Gabe Miller and Keith Robertson.

  • Neil Lomax rose to prominence on the national stage while 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 went on to a nine year NFL career with the Cardinals and was selected to two Pro Bowls.

  • Oregon State looks to be planning on taking two quarterbacks this class. They have a verbal commitment in the '09 class already in the form of Cody Vaz and their top two signal callers will be seniors next year. Barring something unforeseen, there are four quarterbacks from the current OSU roster who would be on scholarship next season -- Lyle Moevao and Sean Canfield, who will be seniors next season, are two. The other QBs in the Beaver fold who signed Letters of Intent are frosh Ryan Katz, who is redshirting this year, and Peter Lalich, a true sophomore sitting out this season after transferring from Virginia. Also wearing the black and orange are three walk-ons -- Justin Engstrom, a redshirt freshman; Brennan Sim, a sophomore; and Zach Anderson, a freshman.

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