Beavs eye Evergreen State sparkplug

AFTER A BREAKOUT year on the gridiron as a junior, he turned his attention to the track where he accomplished something that hadn't been done in more than 30 years. He's well familiar with Oregon State, and has already taken an unofficial visit to Corvallis.

Rahmel Dockery (5-9, 161), out of Curtis High in Tacoma, racked up 1,077 receiving yards with 14 touchdowns on 36 receptions as a junior. But his best position at the next level might well be cornerback.

Along with his speed, he has good hip turn. And he certainly has the hops to go against taller receivers.

Dockery became the first athlete last May in the history of the West Central District to clear 7 feet in the high jump, and the first sophomore in Washington to accomplish that feat since 1977.

DOCKERY DOESN'T YET hold an offer from the Beavs but it's early in the process and that could change. There's also a connection between Dockery and Joe Seumalo.

"He's one of my uncle's best friends.. (Seumalo) said they want me to concentrate on my grades right now and we can talk about (an offer) later. They want me to come to their camps," said Dockery.

DOCKERY HAS ALREADY been to Oregon State unofficially and came away impressed with all things black and orange.

"I like the coaching staff and the players, I got to meet some of them, are really dedicated," said Dockery.

In the meantime, track starts up next month and Dockery hopes to go even higher. His goal is to jump 7-4 this year.

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