Evergreen State TE/DE will camp at OSU

AMONG THE CAMPERS who will attend Oregon State's summer youth camp, one versatile, athletic 6-3.5, 232-pounder who could play on either side of the ball at the next level. He holds two Pac-10 offers already, and could pick up another conference scholie offer after he straps it up in Corvallis. While at OSU, he'll see a familiar face among the coaching ranks.

Jarett Finau (6-3.5, 232, 4.65) is trying to figure out what all school camps he'll attend this summer. The UW has asked him to come to one of their camp events on the 13th and to line up as a tight end, and then to come again on the 21st and participate as a d-end.

But one school camp he will attend is Oregon State's, as Juanita camps there as a team. He also plans on participating in the All-Poly camp in Utah and the NIKE combine in Salt Lake City.

"But right now we're not really sure and are contemplating which (school) camps we're going to be able to go to," he said.

Finau said he's hearing most from Oregon State, BYU, Washington State, UW and Boise State.

AT OREGON STATE, when Finau lines up on the field, he'll see a familiar face, that of OSU graduate assistant and tight ends coach Robin Ross.

"I got to work with their tight ends coach actually, at the NIKE camp at Oregon State, he was one of the volunteers over there," said Finau. "And I've been keeping in touch with their tight ends coach...I've kept in pretty good contact with him.

"They said they want to get to know me and are just really wanting to see my ability up front...They're just interested and want to work with me more at their camp."

FINAU DOESN'T HOLD hold an offer from the Beavs, who are waiting to get him in their camp later this month, but has already picked up a pair of Pac-10 offers from Arizona and WSU.

"And I guess watching my film they (WSU) were really impressed with my athleticism," said Finau. "I've been blessed with a very versatile body, I guess, and that's what intrigued them the most. I guess they just liked that enough to offer me.

"I'm honored to get a scholarship (offer) from WSU. A lot of other coaches have been asking if I have a college of preference and I've never really had a favorite college or even a college I really want to go for -- just see where the opportunity lies. Wazzu seems like a great program for me. I've been to Pullman before and I like the area and surroundings," said Finau.

But Finau also said he might well end up heading beyond the Evergreen State boundaries for college.

"I have a streak of independence in me I guess. I don't know if it's just me saying it now, but I might prefer to go to an out of state college actually... My parents are letting me make the choice and choose for myself," he said.

THE KEY CONSIDERATION for Finau in making his decision?

"The biggest thing that will help me choose is actually my mission because I'm LDS. Whatever program will honor me going on my mission would be great, I guess they'd be on the top of my list...I've been looking at other players before me who have scholarships and have gone on missions, and I heard the best approach to it was to go after my freshman season," said Finau.

WHETHER FINAU PLAYS offense or defense at the next level remains to be seen, with tight end and d-end the two positions most mentioned by college recruiters, he said.

"In talking with the (WSU) coaches, they haven't really given a direct distinction on whether they'd want me on the defensive or offensive side of the ball...I actually prefer to play tight end, but whatever gets me on the field," said Finau.

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  • In addition to the Beavs' full-fledged youth summer camp, running from June 22-25, Oregon State has two 1/2 day camps coming up this month -- on June 11 and June 19.

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