Jesuit hoss to follow in Remmers' footsteps?

A COUPLE YEARS back, a skinny 6-5, 220-pounder from Jesuit High walked on at Oregon State. Mike Remmers became a 295-pound starting right tackle in just his redshirt freshman season, and his contributions were huge in the win over USC last year. In the here and now, the Beavs have their eye on another Jesuit product, an offensive tackle who took an official visit to Corvallis this past weekend.

Brenton Spickerman will need to pack on the bulk like Remmers did to reach his college potential, but he also has the room and frame to do so at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds. And the fact he's from Jesuit, historically one of the better football talent producers in the state, well that's just a plus for Oregon State.

"What they're really interested in is my potential. There have been a couple guys (Remmers, Mike Hass) who have come out of Jesuit High School that have had success at Oregon State," said Spickerman. "They look at me and think I can have that same kind of success if I come there -- they've talked with my head coach, coach (Ken) Potter a lot."

AT OSU, o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh likes athletic guys who have speed and quickness. And then the key for the Beavs is to maintain those attributes in their linemen as they physically mature -- you can put the beef on 'em, but you can't teach athleticism. Spickerman is a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball. And he's been well prepared for the next level.

"They haven't seen a lot (of tape) on me, they've seen a little, but they know I have pretty good feet..they really like my athleticism and quickness... The (OSU) coaches were excited because they've heard a lot of good things and they trust what my head coach has to say. He's pretty knowledgeable," said Spickerman.

SPICKERMAN'S OFFICIAL VISIT to Oregon State, he says, was everything he expected and more. In addition to "great, great facilities", Spickerman made a connection with the coaching staff and players.

"It's just a great place -- I had a great time on the visit..the visit was definitely a big positive, I had a very good time there," said Spickerman.

WHETHER SPICKERMAN ends up at Oregon State depends on a few factors. The Beavers have extended a preferred walk-on spot, one of traditionally around 20 or so invited walk-on spots each year at Oregon State.

Other schools in the mix for Spickerman include WSU, also talking preferred walk-on, Boise State is in the mix, and Washington said Spickerman is also supposed to be in touch in the next few days as Signing Day (Feb. 4) draws near.

Spickerman also expects to hear from Montana by the end of the week -- and UM may have a scholarship offer for him.

"Right now Oregon State is definitely my No. 1 choice," said Spickerman. "Oregon State's coaching staff has been really supportive, and it's a tough decision. Oregon State's coaches, they're pretty genuine guys and coach Riley seems really supportive of me whatever decision I make.

"Obviously a scholarship offer could shake things up but (potentially) going there, working hard, they recognize talent there and Oregon State would be a very good opportunity for me."

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