Vancouver hoss likes Wazzu

JUST TWO DAYS after securing a verbal commitment from <b>Andy Roof</b>, one of the top OL prospects in the Northwest, word comes that Washington State is the co-leader for another touted in-state hoss: <b>Eddie Vickers</b> of Vancouver's Columbia River High. His father Ed tells us that the 6-4, 290-pounder turned heads at a team camp in Pullman this week, coming away with a scholarship offer and great things to say about WSU.

Indeed, to say things went well for Vickers would be an understatement.
  "He did great," said his father Ed.  "He was the MVP of the camp (for O-linemen) and they said they definitely have a scholarship waiting for him if he wants to take it.  The only thing I asked of Eddie is to have him come home so we could talk about it first."

"Right now, if he had to choose I think he would probably choose Washington State," Ed said.  "He was really impressed with their organization.  But he was blown away by Oregon when he went to their spring game.  And by the same token, he wasn't impressed at all with Washington.  Their coach came in for a couple of minutes, talked, and then took off.  All the guys Eddie went up with weren't impressed with that at all."

There's another reason Ed felt it was appropriate his son didn't make a rushed decision.  "Oregon is looking at him hard and I'm pretty sure they are going to offer him a scholarship," he said.

The elder Vickers is unabashed about his support for the Ducks.  "Well, about the time they were playing Bellevue in the playoffs he asked me," said Ed.  "He said, 'Dad, if there was a school you wanted me to go to, where would it be?',  and I said 'Oregon'.  To me, the biggest thing is academics.  That's the most important thing.  And I've been through the recruiting process, so I know what to look for."

While Michigan and Michigan State appear to be very interested in finding out more on Vickers, Ed said that the two local schools have the clear inside track.  "I would be shocked if he didn't choose between those two teams," he said of the Cougars and Ducks.

"One thing that's very important to me is that he has to go to a school where I can get to his games."


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