Beavs looking hard at NorCal duo

OREGON STATE IS showing rising interest in a pair of Northern California recruits, according to their prep coach. One is a linebacker prospect with some ungodly strength numbers -- and a 4.6 forty time. The other is an "extremely big time" cornerback who plays with a chip on his shoulder.

Pittsburg High head man Victor Galli says Oregon State's interest has just recently gotten serious and while they don't yet hold Oregon State offers, he thinks that could soon change.

Jeremy Wiles is a linebacker but Galli needed him to play defensive end last season.

Wiles is 5-10, but weighs a rock solid 225 pounds. Still, not exactly ideal height for a d-end. No matter, Wiles dominated and was named a first team all league defensive end following his junior season.

"In my eight years as a head coach here, he's the strongest kid that's ever come through my program -- he's yoked," said Galli. "He just benched 370 and squatted 675, and he cleaned 300 pounds. He had our clean record as a sophomore. He's only 5-10, but he's 225 -- and he runs a 4.6."

GALLI SAID what makes him stand out, besides the strength, is his nose for the ball. Wiles is an "aggressive hitter who can cover. Relentless Motor, defensive leader. And he's a great student with great character."

Besides Oregon State, Northwestern is showing the most interest, said Galli.

THE OTHER PITTSBURG prospect whom Galli said has turned Oregon State's head is cornerback Tracy Clark (5-10, 175, 4.55).

"He's extremely big time, a lock down corner," said Galli. "He's physical, competitive..extremely athletic. He has great hands, and he's elusive. He started as a sophomore on varsity for us and he had a very solid 2008 season."

Clark is on track to graduate early, says Galli, and Wiles holds a 3.8 GPA. Other schools showing Clark the most interest include San Jose State and Cal Poly.

Pittsburg has two other D-IA recruits in the '10 class -- safety Erick Dargan and WR/DB Robert Jiles. Galli said Oregon State was still in the process of evaluating those two.

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