Thielke earns first offer

Brett Thielke, a 6-5, 285-pound offensive lineman from Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline updated us as to how his summer is going and he had good news to share. Ironically enough, while he was at one camp, he opened the eyes of a coach from another school - thus his first offered appeared.

"I got my first scholarship offer today from Portland State," Brett told Dawgman.com. "I'm excited for three reasons: it's my first offer; I really like the coaches I've met from the school; and they seem to be building a strong team with players that get overlooked by the big schools."

It was at an Oregon team camp where the Viking coaches got to see Brett up close and personal. "The PSU offensive line coach was helping out with the camp at Oregon that I attended, so he got to see what I can do," he said. "That's why his offer means a lot to me. He's seen me in action and likes what he sees."

This should open the floodgates for Thielke. He's considered, along with Pendleton's Roy Scheuning, Lakes' Vili Kuaea and Skyview's Josh Tschirgi to be the top offensive linemen in the Northwest. Not only can Brett pass-block with the best of them, but he's also quite adept at opening holes when Skyline chooses to rush the rock instead of throwing it. Bret Stray had more than 900 yards when Thielke was a sophomore, and Stray was even out a couple of games with injuries. Last year, Simi Reynolds racked up 1,174 yards on the ground, a sizeable chunk of those yards gained via holes opened up by Brett.

A smallish guy like Simi doesn't get season yardage like that and 7 touchdowns in one game without some pretty good blocking on the line. We'll be in touch with Thielke to find out if the Vikings' offer starts the dominoes falling.

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