Cole Linehan, His Own Man

Cole Linehan proved himself to be a legitimate prospect at the June 14 Nike Football Camp held in Eugene. Measuring 6-4 and weighing 269 pounds Linehan was one of the bigger specimens at the camp. But, being big isn't a guarantee to college football career. Neither is having an older brother already playing Pac-10 football; Josh Linehan is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman at Oregon State. The competition for scholarships and playing time is just too intense.

Cole Linehan, from Banks (Ore.) HS, made his statement at the camp by recording a 5.1-second time in the forty-yard dash and 4.6-second time in the shuttle. He also jumped 26 inches in the vertical jump and recorded 18 repetitions on the bench press. In the position drills Linehan was one of the more notable players to participate.

Regarding the camp Linehan stated, "It started off kind of slow but really picked up at the end."

It would appear recruiting is also picking up for Linehan. He has heard from most Pac-10 schools and has received a scholarship offer from Portland State.

"I'd really like to play in the Pac-10," said Linehan. "I want to play defense. Portland State has offered to let me play defense the first year and then see where it goes from there."

Many people believe that Linehan will be an Oregon State lock should they offer him a scholarship as that's where his brother is playing.

"No, it doesn't make a difference if (Josh) is there," said Linehan. "I'll make my decision based on what's best for me."

Could that include the Oregon Ducks? Linehan wasn't ruling them out.

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