SW Wash. hoss gives WSU trip big thumbs up

A PREP OFFENSIVE LINEMAN from the Southwest corner of the state tripped to Washington State this past weekend. The 6-6, 260-pound OT prospect with a pair of Pac-10 offers in his back pocket talks about his official visit to the Palouse, what his parents thought of the trip and what now lies ahead on his schedule in the days prior to February's Letter of Intent Day.

Offensive tackle prospect Colin Kelly (6-6, 260) out of Kelso High gave Washington State high marks following his official visit to the Palouse this past weekend.

"It was good, it was really fun. I got to meet all the new coaching staff. Marshall Lobbestael, he was my host and I liked him. The workout facilities were amazing and it was cool how close everything is there," said Kelly.

Kelly's parents were also in Pullman this weekend and had the chance to see the Wazzu campus.

"They were really impressed also with the school. It was really exciting because I'm the first of my family to have a chance to do this," said Kelly.

Kelly did not, however, make a decision while he was there on his trip. How did he leave things with the Cougar coaches?

"I said I was really excited, and I really liked the school, and that I would base my decision on the other visit I have upcoming...There was nothing that I thought that was (a negative) about WSU. It was really exciting to hear about what they're going to do with the stadium. If I had to say there was anything (that was a drawback), I'd have to say no, there weren't any," said Kelly.

THE COUGARS' CHIEF competition is in the form of Oregon State, to whom Kelly has an official scheduled for Jan. 25. Post WSU visit, Kelly said the Cougs and Beavs remain tied at the top.

"You think more of them (WSU) because you've been there and (had an official visit) but they're kind of just even still because I want to give Oregon State a chance. I want to see how it is that I fit in down there with the people and the coaching staff," said Kelly.

FOR THE COUGARS, Rich Rasmussen, Washington State's recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, and head coach Paul Wulff are running the point on Kelly.

Danny Langsdorf, OSU's offensive coordinator and QBs coach, and Mike Cavanaugh, the Beavers' o-line coach, are recruiting Kelly for Oregon State.

KELLY SAID Langsdorf was to call late Sunday night or Monday to check in and with the latest contact period beginning on Sunday, that Rasmussen was planning to stop in Monday to touch base. Langsdorf, Kelly said, was also planning on coming by for an in-home likely sometime this week.

Kelly was one of the very first to be offered by Paul Wulff after Wulff was named head man for the Cougars back in December. He also camped at Oregon State earlier this summer and took in some Beavers' games on unofficial visits over the course of this past season as OSU's interest grew.

Both WSU and OSU have told Kelly, he said, they offered because of how athletic he is for his size and that he has excellent feet. Kelly has played tight end at Kelso the past four football seasons and plays hoops for Kelso.

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

Colin Kelly profile

The current contact period runs from Jan. 13 - Feb. 2. Signing Day is Feb. 6.

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