Tape in the mail to WSU, says Beaverton QB

THE STATE OF OREGON this past February produced an above average class with 12 players inking LOIs to D-IA schools. The 2007 field could be even stronger. One QB increasing his stock this offseason is Tom Farinacci, a fundamentally advanced 6-foot-2 field general out of Beaverton coming off a strong Elite 11 appearance. His tape should arrive at the Washington State football office any day now.

Farinacci (6-2, 185, 4.50) was unable to attend the WSU summer youth camp due to an appearance at the final regional Elite 11 of the year in Las Vegas. He made the most of the opportunity in the desert, drawing praise for his footwork, mobility and accuracy. Out of around 80 participants, Farinacci made the top group of 12 for the event's final drills. At a combine at Stanford, Farinacci was told he was in the top two of quarterbacks in attendance.

Before the holiday, he was in the process of sending film to Washington State, Boise State and most of the Big Sky schools, and plans on attending Portland State's half-day camp later this month.

ON A RUN-ORIENTED offense last year with two first team all-league backs, Farinacci was 49-of-87 for 671 yards with six TDs. Recent strength numbers include a 275-pound power clean, a 395-pound squat and a 205-pound bench press. Location will not be a factor, with a coaching staff and their enthusiasm carrying more weight.

"I kind of want to want to be in a place where its a real college town, where everybody cares about the football team and it's the big thing around town," said Farinacci. "And academics of course, a solid academic program."

Farinacci holds a 3.62 GPA and has achieved a qualifying score.

THE STAFF AT Boise State had an opportunity to see him live over a three day period at their camp. Farinacci sent his tape to Boise State soon after, giving the experience a big thumbs up. "I think the most fun I've had was at Boise State," said Farinacci. "Great coaching staff, great facilities and I love the campus."

Farinacci also attended and enjoyed the in-state camps at UO and OSU, with the Ducks showing the most interest at this stage. The Beavs may no longer be in the QB market having landed Jake Gelakoska and Lyle Moevao. Boston College and BYU were in on Farinacci early but he hasn't heard as much lately from BC while BYU appears set with Jason Munns.

HE'S DRAWN INCREASING interest this offseason but Farinacci is also one of those guys whose recruitment, with respect to offers anyway, has yet to take off. And that will probably remain the case through at least July as it's pretty much the one time during the year college coaches can get away.

But Scout.com's Chris Fetters says don't be surprised if Farinacci's stock climbs this recruiting year, with Fetters offering a favorable comparison to another Oregon signal caller.

"Fundamentally, Farinacci is as sound a prep QB on the west coast, he has few flaws in his game," says Fetters, who ranked the Southridge High product the No. 5 signal caller in the northwest. "(He) needs to get bigger, stronger, faster to be at the elite level, but is very much like Cal-bound Kevin Riley in his development right now. As he grows, his recruitment will also grow."

Farinacci looks to have gotten the faster part down, clocking a 4.5 flat in the 40 on grass at Southridge High a couple weeks ago. There are over six minutes of video on his player page.

Tom Farinacci profile and video

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