NW NIKE camp report - Josh Tschirgi

Josh Tschirgi is a 6-4, 262-pound offensive lineman from Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview, and Josh emerged from the NW NIKE camp in Eugene as one of the top OL to work out on the practice fields at the University of Oregon. It's the first step for Josh, as he plans on attending a few more camps this summer to measure his worth against the best the northwest has to offer.

"They were spirited, competitive...a lot of fun," Tschirgi told Dawgman.com about the one-on-ones between the OL and DL at camp. "The last time I went up, the line coach got pretty excited. It was cool. On the last one a couple of guys got into it and almost broke out into punches."

Josh ran a 5.2 40, a 4.4 shuttle, repped 185 pounds 22 times and jumped 23.5 inches in the vertical leap. The testing was a good way for Tschirgi to show his athleticism, but it was the teaching that really got him jazzed up. "On pass sets we learned to punch instead of just holding and setting up," he said about the new techniques he learned. "Just punch and recoil, punch and recoil...I learned a lot from the coaches here at the NIKE camp."

Word is getting out about Tschirgi's prowess on the offensive line. "A couple of schools have told me that they are close," he said when asked about potential offers. "Washington State said they are pretty close, as well as a couple of smaller schools, I-AA schools."

The NW NIKE camp got Josh off on the right foot this summer. Now he's looking to capitalize on his strong start and really put his name on the map. "Well, I'll be going to our team camp at Evergreen (State College), formerly the UPS camp, and 1 or 2 of the Pac-10 colleges for a couple of days," he said about his upcoming camping schedule. "I haven't made up my mind yet."

Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State are the Pac-10 schools he's considering. He camped at Washington last summer.

When it comes to naming favorites, Tschirgi is holding his cards close. "No leaders right now," he said. "Every one in the Pac-10 is there. Nebraska has been showing interest lately, but I know that's a bit of a far-fetched dream. Boise State, Montana and Portland State too."

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