Beaverton OT prospect on Riley's radar

AMONG THE BEAVER STATE prospects to keep an eye on for the class of 2011 -- a 6-foot-7 offensive tackle out of Beaverton. Oregon State has had him on their recruiting radar since his sophomore season in high school and he'll be making a second camp appearance in Corvallis later this summer. In the meantime, he's working on some technique advice he received from the OSU staff at the Beavs' camp.

James Euscher out of Aloha High doesn't have a scholarship offer yet but his size and agility might change that over the course of the coming weeks and months.

"Jay Locey (area recruiter) and coach (Mike) Cavanaugh complimented me on my footwork and then just getting off the ball," said Euscher. "But something they told me I need to work on is my first step -- I'm a little too big on my first step, I need to shorten that a little bit so I can get that forceful punch right off the ball.

"They complimented me on my pass block, run block, reach block and just getting to my guy in general. I did a pretty good job on that from what they said. They also complimented me on defense when I was playing defense, my ripping and hand fighting, and that I used my eyes, feet and hands well."

EUSCHER, WHO IS being recruited to offensive tackle at the next level, already checks in at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, quite a bit bigger than last season.

"I've grown a couple inches and put on about 20 pounds since then," said Euscher.

In addition to Oregon State, he's hearing from Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Washington State, Michigan, Boise State and Vanderbilt among others. The Beavs, Ducks, Wolverines and Broncos have been in the most contact recently.

Oregon State, he said, has been keeping tabs on him since his sophomore year.

"I just got an email from Jay Locey at Oregon State through my (prep) coach," said Euscher. "He was just updating with me about their camp, covering the camp bases with me for this upcoming summer."

Those summer camp plans are still being finalized but Eusher said one of his camp stops will be Corvallis.

"I'm going to go to the (OSU) one day camp and I'll also go to the NIKE camp in Eugene," said Euscher. "I went to Oregon State's one-day camp last year, as well as the NIKE one."

EUSCHER SAID HE plans to take in some spring practices at both Oregon State and Oregon during the month of April.

"Michigan has also invited me to come out, so has Boise State, Washington State and Eastern Washington," he said.

A THREE SPORT athlete at Aloha, he's a track and field athlete and plays hoops for Aloha -- his agility out on the hardcourt has helped ramp up his football recruiting.

Despite his size, he's running the 100-m this spring and also competes in the shot-put, discus and javelin.

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