Lake Oswego ATH draws Beaver interest

HE HAS FAMILY ties to the black and orange, and he's been to Corvallis a bunch of times including recently to watch Oregon State's spring ball session. He's a versatile prospect who played multiple positions on offense and defense last year at Lake Oswego High, long an OSU pipeline, and the Beavs are showing interest. He also just received his first college offer.

Both of Will Storey's parents are Beavers. He hasn't been offered a scholie as of yet by Oregon State but one might not be far off -- he's seeing the recruiting love.

"I've had a lot of contact with OSU and I love it there, I've been there a lot...but I like what Oregon has been doing too...I just sent them my film today," said Storey, who previously sent out film to OSU. The Ducks will also be at Lake Oswego High this week.

Storey (6-2, 210) took in the Beavers' spring game this past weekend.

"I think they looked really good. I think they have a lot of depth at a lot of their positions. A lot of those guys I've played against, like Jordan Bishop, so it's really exciting to see those guys do so well. And I really like the way they're coached because it reminds me a lot of Lake Oswego," said Storey.

With few seniors on the '09 roster, OSU figures to be more deliberate in making offers this year than in recent years past -- High school coaches have told BF.C that Oregon State has told them they plan on having slots for just 12 recruits in this class to get to the maximum allowed 85 players on scholarship.

Washington State offered Storey a few days ago.

"One of my coaches sent some highlight film out to them, then a day or two later I talked with them and they offered me a scholarship," said Storey.

Storey said he plans on visiting with coach Paul Wulff, the assistants and the Cougar players more than once this summer.

"I'm going to go down their for their camp -- I'm going to go visit there a lot because I have a really good friend who plays football up there, Jay Matthews. I'm really excited to see what they're all about," said Storey.

"He's always had the best things to say about them. The day I got the offer, he called me up and told me how I'm going to have to come visit him and that he'll be there with the team the whole summer," said Storey.

STOREY WAS NAMED named first team all-6A last year for his work as a linebacker but he might play offense at the next level. The Cougs are talking to him about a variety of possibilities, including h-back (a hybrid of the tight end and fullback positions).

"They're recruiting me as an athlete. (Levenseller) mentioned maybe an h-back guy, probably get up to 235-240 pounds. But as of right now, they're recruiting me as an athlete," said Storey.

"He's got phenomenal hands catching the ball," said Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury. "And then he's very good with the ball in his hands...From an offensive standpoint, he brings a lot to the table and then defensively, he's an athlete that can run. I'm not sure at the next level, whether he's a safety or outside backer or h-back or what he might be."

Storey said the Cougars were enthused about the athleticism and versatility that shone through on his tape.

"I did a lot of different stuff -- I threw the ball, I ran the ball, I caught the ball -- and I also played defense and punter. They said they really liked my film and right when they saw it, they knew they wanted to offer me," said Storey.

OTHER SCHOOLS OF interest include Oregon, Arizona State and Boise State.

In addition to WSU's summer camp, Storey said he hopes to also camp at Arizona State and Boise State and possibly a few others. Will Storey profile

A junior-to-be at Lake Oswego, Tyson Coleman, has already been offered by Oregon State, said Coury. Already a 6-2, 200-pounder, he's known most for his running back prowess in high school but might well be a linebacker at the college level. Oregon and Washington have also offered.

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