Pair on Cougs' get list make hay at camp

PALO ALTO -- A hotshot prep running back whom the Cougars already have offered a scholarship to was one of the big stars this past weekend at Nike's Northern California football combine. <b>Marshawn Lynch</b>, a 4.4 speedster from Oakland Tech High, turned heads on the Stanford campus with his unique blend of speed, power and athleticism.

He's got the size (5-11, 195), wheels (4.4 in the 40, 4.19 in the shuttle) and athleticism (34.4-inch vertical jump) to be a difference-maker in the Pac-10. And that's what he's banking on too. He's received offers already from WSU, Cal, USC and Utah and expects that his early leader, Oregon, will be offering any day now.

As a junior this past season he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and hit paydirt 19 times.

Another Northern Cal youngster the Cougars have offered also had a nice day at the Nike camp: Receiver Austin Collie of Oak Ridge High in El Dorado Hills. The 6-foot, 183-pounder ranks WSU among his three leaders, along with Stanford and BYU, both of which also havemade scholie offers to him already.

As a junior last season he caught 56 balls for 857 yards and 10 TDs. He also scoredd three TDs on punt returns and three a 56-yard TD. His dad played at BYU and in the CFL and his older brother Zach will be a BYU receiver this fall.

Other standouts on the offensive side of the ball at the NorCal Nike camp included:

RUNNING BACKS:
Jackie Bates - Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (5-9, 180)
Chris Jackson - San Jose (Calif.) Andrew Hill (5-11, 186)
Dominick Carrie - Orinda (Calif.) Miramonte (5-7.5, 170)
Gerwin Williams - Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
DJ Senter - Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Matt Hill - Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West

QUARTERBACKS:
Erik Ainge. A couple of Pac-10 coaches we talked to said Ainge, a 6-6, 192-pound junior from Hillsboro (Ore.) Glencoe was the surprise of the camp. And he was probably a little surprised at himself too, as he was suffering a little from back spasms from playing a bunch of basketball games just before showing up in Palo Alto. But Erik already has an offer from Oregon State, and that number is sure to rise after his efforts. Rocky Hinds didn't show, opening the door for someone to take the lead and Ainge did with solid footwork and quickness for his size and a cannon for an arm.

Other QB's to watch:
Brian Hildebrand - Corona, California (6-2, 186)
CJ Bacher - Rocklin (Calif.) Jesuit (6-2, 175)
Patrick Pinkey - Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest (6-0, 185)
Darren Bragg - San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine (6-1, 180)
Patrick Cowan - Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco (6-4, 200)

RECEIVERS:
Cameron Colvin was the camp MVP -- there wasn't a thing he didn't excel at. Colvin, who measured in at 6-1 and 186 pounds, tested off the charts. He ran a sizzling 4.31 40 and 3.85 in the shuttle and it showed again during the one-on-ones. He was able to turn it off and on at will, cruising past defenders when he needed that extra gear for separation. He wasn't touched all day. DE Jeff Schweiger was a close second for MVP, but there was no question who stood out on offense. With players like Colvin, Willie Glasper, Parker Hanks and Terrance Kelley coming back for the Spartans, expect their unbeaten streak to be extended by another year.

Other WR's to watch:
Lavelle Hawkins - Stockton (Calif.) Edison (5-11, 165)
Morgan Trent - Brighton (Mich.) St. Mary's (6-1, 180 - committed to Michigan)
Joey Munn - Pleasantown (Calif.) Foothill (6-2, 215)
E'lon Paige - Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek
Desmond Thomas - Vallejo, California

OFFENSIVE LINE:
Bradis McGriff came in last year as a HUGE sophomore, and didn't disappoint this year either. At 6-5 and 300 pounds, McGriff has great lateral quickness and picks up instruction well. There wasn't one offensive lineman that dominated at Stanford, especially with Schweiger, Phillip Mbakagu and Isley Filiaga on the other side of the line. But McGriff more than held his own. John Gibson, Andrew Woodruff, David Lord, AJ McTaggart, Tony Lee and Jacob Hucko also have to be considered right at the top of the list, but McGriff gets the nod by a couple of cheeseburgers.

Other OLs to watch:
John Gibson - Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's (6-4, 240)
Andrew Woodruff - Victoria, British Columbia (6-2, 297)
David Lord - Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower (6-5.5, 320)
AJ McTaggart - Rocklin, California (6-4, 270)
Tony Lee - Gardena (Calif.) Serra (6-3.5, 280)
Jacob Hucko - Cerritos, California (6-7, 280)
Patrick Carpenter - Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain
Ray Feinga - West Valley City (Utah) Hunter
Erik Schlief - San Jose (Calif) Leigh
David Dixon - Atascadero, California


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