Portland hoss (6-6) breaks down WSU offer

IT"S BEEN A WHIRLWIND week for Beaverton, Ore., offensive lineman Jared Hilbers. Just seven days ago, the 6-6, 270-pounder didn't hold any offers and admitted he was nervous as to whether or not he'd have a scholarship on the table before summer arrived. Fast forward to Tuesday evening, he now holds six offers, including one from Washington State.

For Hilbers, the offer he picked up from Washington State last Thursday capped off a thrilling day. The Beaverton High product had picked up his first two offers from UNLV and Colorado State earlier in the day. Then later in the evening, Hilbers called offensive line coach Clay McGuire, who delivered some more exciting news.

"I spoke with Coach McGuire and he was straight up with me," Hilbers said. "He said I'm the kind of guy they look for in an offensive tackle and that I'd be a great fit for Coach Leach's offense.

"After that, he offered me a scholarship and I was blown away. He said he knew he wanted to offer me, so he didn't want to waste any more time and put it on the table. Coach McGuire said he liked the way I play and how I show dominance against defensive lineman."

In addition to WSU, UNLV and Colorado State, the offensive tackle prospect has added offers from Montana and UC Davis.

HILBERS IS NO STRANGER to the Palouse, having visit the WSU campus earlier this spring for a junior day event.

"I really liked it up there," Hilbers said. "It's a different setting for a college, which really appealed to me. I grew up in Portland and it's kind of a bigger city, so it was nice to see kind of a small-town atmosphere.

"This offer is big for me because it's a Pac-12 program that's on the rise. I've seen the campus already too, which was a neat experience. WSU is a team I'm interested in right now."

THE PORTLAND PRODUCT will return to the Palouse on June 14 to participate in the Cougs' first mini camp.

"I've set that up with Coach McGuire and he told me that the camp won't be as much as a tryout for me now that I have the offer," Hilbers said. "I'll go out there and compete, but it will be more of a way for the coaches to show me around the school and check out some of the facilities and stuff.

"I haven't had the opportunity to speak with Coach Mike Leach yet, so the hope is for us to chat in person when I get up there. Hopefully he and the other coaches show me what it's like to be a Coug."

In addition to WSU, Hilbers is planning on attending camps at Cal, Oregon, Washington and Portland State.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Washington State coaches extended a scholarship offer to class of 2016 running back Romello Harris. The 5-10, 175-pound RB from Tulare, Calif., also holds offers from Air Force and Colorado State.

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