First offer for Oregon ATH is crimson

HE SHOWS UP well on tape, that's for certain. A versatile prospect who played multiple positions on offense and defense last year in the state of Oregon, within a matter of days after sending his tape to Washington State he had his first scholarship offer. And with one of his best friends on the Cougar roster, frequent visits to Wazzu this offseason are in the cards.

It didn't take long for the Cougars to offer Will Storey (6-2, 210) out of Lake Oswego.

"One of my coaches sent some highlight film out to them, then a day or two later I talked with them and they offered me a scholarship," said Storey.

Storey said he plans on visiting with coach Paul Wulff, the assistants and the Cougar players more than once this summer.

"I'm going to go down there for their camp -- I'm going to go visit there a lot because I have a really good friend who plays football up there, Jay Matthews. I'm really excited to see what they're all about," said Storey.

Storey and Matthews were teammates when Storey was a sophomore at L-O, and he's stayed in close contact with him ever since he's been in Pullman.

"He's always had the best things to say about them. The day I got the offer, he called me up and told me how I'm going to have to come visit him and that he'll be there with the team the whole summer," said Storey.

STOREY HAS TALKED on the phone with some of the Cougar coaches since his offer, and Mike Levenseller is running the recruiting point.

"The coaches were awesome, they seemed really excited and I really liked his confidence," said Storey. "He seemed like a really great guy and excited for me to come up there."

Storey was named first team all-6A last year for his work as a linebacker but he might play offense at the next level. The Cougs are talking to him about a variety of possibilities, including h-back (a hybrid of the tight end and fullback positions).

"They're recruiting me as an athlete. (Levenseller) mentioned maybe an h-back guy, probably get up to 235-240 pounds. But as of right now, they're recruiting me as an athlete," said Storey.

"He's got phenomenal hands catching the ball," said Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury. "And then he's very good with the ball in his hands...From an offensive standpoint, he brings a lot to the table and then defensively, he's an athlete that can run. I'm not sure at the next level, whether he's a safety or outside backer or h-back or what he might be."

Storey said the Cougars were enthused about the athleticism and versatility that shone through on his tape.

"I did a lot of different stuff -- I threw the ball, I ran the ball, I caught the ball -- and I also played defense and punter. They said they really liked my film and right when they saw it, they knew they wanted to offer me," said Storey.

OTHER SCHOOLS OF interest include Oregon State and Oregon, Arizona State and Boise State. Both of Storey's parents are Beavers.

"I've had a lot of contact with OSU and I love it there, I've been there a lot...but I like what Oregon has been doing too...I just sent them my film today," said Storey, who previously sent out film to OSU. The Ducks will also be at Lake Oswego High this week.

In addition to WSU's summer camp, Storey said he hopes to also camp at Arizona State and Boise State and possibly a few others. He took in the Beavers' spring game this past weekend.

"I think they looked really good. I think they have a lot of depth at a lot of their positions. A lot of those guys I've played against, like Jordan Bishop, so it's really exciting to see those guys do so well. And I really like the way they're coached because it reminds me a lot of Lake Oswego," said Storey.

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A junior-to-be at Lake Oswego, Tyson Coleman, has already been offered by three Pac-10 schools in Oregon State, Oregon and Washington, said Coury. A 6-2, 200-pounder, he's been known most for his running back prowess in high school but might well be a linebacker at the college level.

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