Lake Oswego ATH adds to pipeline

LAKE OSWEGO HAS been a football factory for Oregon State. Last year, Beavers Jack Lomax and Micah Hatfield came out of Lake Oswego, and other L-O products who became Beavers include Will Darkins, Marcus Henderson, Gabe Miller and Keith Robertson. The pipeline continues in the '10 class, with Will Storey making his verbal commitment this past week.

Storey talked to Mike Riley on Thursday and the Beavers' head man told him he was being offered a scholarship by Oregon State.

Storey didn't need a lot of time to decide.

"I committed on the spot," said Storey.

"I've grown up a Beaver fan. My grandpa (Will) played football there and my dad (Kip) played football there. Corvallis has always felt like a second home."

RECRUITING HAS GOTTEN so early, with many schools filling up with verbal commitments based off of junior seasons, that senior season evaluation and tape has become less a factor than the required staple it used to be.

Storey for Oregon State was one of those guys the Beavs were able to take the senior year into account before deciding on whether to offer. Still, it caught Storey off guard.

"It was a surprise, I wasn't expecting the offer (this) soon," said Storey.

STOREY HAS quarterbacked Lake Oswego (6-3) into a playoff spot this season but his position at OSU is likely to be elsewhere -- whether that's safety, linebacker or slotback receiver is to be determined.

"I'm sure they want to see how I practice there," said Storey. "Right now it's like safety or outside linebacker, or maybe also at that receiving position Shane Morales played, sort of a possession receiver.

"(At Lake Oswego), I'll play safety and I've played a lot of nickel safety...but other than that I've been playing all quarterback."

This past Friday against Oregon City, Storey rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns. He also tossed scoring passes of 64 and 21 yards.

Storey lined up at linebacker, receiver and tight end last season. He had 71 receptions for 1,036 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.

He plans to attend the OSU-UW game this weekend unofficially, with an official visit date to be set later.

Storey becomes the 10th known verbal commitment for Oregon State. Mike Riley at one time this year said with the small number of graduating players, the recruiting class would be small, around eight. So either the numbers have changed, (which happens frequently over the course of the year), or some in the class may grayshirt (of which Riley has made liberal use of during his second stint in Corvallis), or both. In any event, it's likely the Beavs aren't close to being done and more verbal commitments will be in the offing between now and Signing Day in February.

Storey joins a '10 class that includes OG Roman Sapolu, QB Sean Mannion, MLB Michael Bibbee, TE Tyler Perry, OG Thomas Molesi, RB Malcolm Marable, DE Happy Iona, K Trevor Romaine and MLB Donnell Welch. The position listed by Scout.com is a projected college position, and not necessarily where the player will line up at for Oregon State specifically.

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