SW Washington hoss-to-be lands crimson offer

WASHINGTON STATE has a history of taking prep tight ends and crafting them into solid Pac-10 linemen. One who fits that bill hails from Southwest Washington, checks in at 6-foot-6, 260, recently landed an offer from the Cougs and has a Palouse official visit on tap. But competition also exists for the lad -- right after the Cougs offered, another Pac-10 school put their full ride on the table.

Colin Kelly (6-6, 260) out of Kelso was one of Paul Wulff's staff's first orders of business. A few days after Wulff was named coach, Washington State made the offer during an in-home just prior to the current dead period commencing.

"It was the Friday before," said Kelly. "WSU, the coach (Rich Rasmussen) came up to my house and then I talked to the head coach on the phone right then and he offered me. And then it was Saturday when Oregon State offered."

Kelly camped at Oregon State, Oregon, Washington and a NIKE camp this past summer. He took a number of unofficial visits over the course of the year to Oregon State and the Beavs are the school he's most familiar with as the calendar year comes to a close.

"We kind of kept in touch and then it died down a little bit. About the middle of football season, I started to go down there for games and stuff, and then basically it was as soon as I got offered by Washington State, then right after that Oregon State offered me...they treat me as if I was already one of their players and (it's nice) how it's just a big family thing."

RECRUITING FOR THE Beavers are coaches Danny Langsdorf and Mike Cavanaugh, while Rasmussen and Wulff are running the point for the Cougars. One coach he has formed a tight bond with, said Kelly, is Rasmussen.

"We've talked a lot. And it's nice because he's really shown his interest in me," said Kelly.

Oregon State, however, also holds it's own allure. "They showed a lot of interest in the beginning and because I've been to their campus a lot and they're also a little closer to home," he said.

Kelly has not yet been to the Washington State campus, although that will change soon.

KELLY's SCHEDULE has an official trip booked to the Palouse for the weekend of Jan. 11. He said OSU plans on an in-home visit on Jan. 14 or 15, and then he'll officially trip to Oregon State on Jan. 25.

Both schools are recruiting Kelly as an offensive tackle.

"They talk about how athletic I am (projecting) as a tackle and how they like how I play sports year round. They said I have really good feet, that I have really good footwork," said Kelly, who has played tight end on offense the past four football seasons.

He also has a 6-foot-6 frame conducive to packing on weight and muscle.

"I'm probably about 255 now, I'm playing basketball and you always lose a little weight there," said Kelly.

Washington was also in the mix until recently but Kelly said he hasn't heard from them since the area recruiting coach was let go.

"I was also getting recruited by U-dub but unfortunately coach Bob Simmons, he got fired there. He was talking to me about a scholarship they were going to give me and they had said they'd get back to me but I haven't talked to them since then," said Kelly.

Kelly earned first team all-league honors this past season on the gridiron at tight end and he also played defensive end for Kelso. Kelly is averaging nearly nine points a game this season on the hardcourt.

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