OSU Football


• Colin Kelly, a 6-5, 250-pound tight end from Kelso, Wash., has verbally committed to Oregon State.

• Speedster Keynan Parker, a two-way star from Burnaby, British Columbia, who verbally committed to Oregon State last week, first will get a look at tailback. There's a better chance, though, that the 6-0, 185-pound son of James 'Quick' Parker - a Canadian Football League Hall of Fame defensive end whom OSU coach Mike Riley coached against in the CFL - will wind up at receiver, or even cornerback.

• Will Mahan, a punter from Bakersfield (Calif.) College who participated in the Chris Sailer specialist camp in Las Vegas earlier this month and is regarded as one of the nation's top dozen junior college prospects, visited Oregon State last weekend. The Beavers have not offered a scholarship to Mahan, who averaged 38.2 yards per punt last season.

• Also among the eight recruits who visited was Johnny Thomas, a 6-0, 175-pound tailback/cornerback from Texas City, Texas. He spent some of his younger years living with the family of James and Jacquizz Rodgers. Thomas, who rushed for 1,786 yards and 21 TDs as a senior, has verbally committed to Oklahoma State but says he is considering the Beavers and Arkansas. If Thomas were to wind up at Oregon State, he would start out contending for a tailback position.

Jacquizz Rodgers - the Rosenberg, Texas, tailback and younger brother of OSU receiver James Rodgers - also made his official visit. So did 6-3, 240-pound defensive end Ben Terry from Arizona Western; 6-2, 205-pound linebacker Paipai Falemalu from Kahuku, Hawaii; 6-5; 6-3, 190-pound receiver Jordan Bishop from West Salem; and 6-1, 210-pound linebacker Tony Wilson from Sprague. All have scholarship offers from the Beavers; Rodgers and Wilson have committed.

• Offensive lineman Benji Kemoeatu and defensive tackle Anthony Siilata, both of Kahuku, have backed off verbal commitments given to OSU coaches (they also told Utah coaches they were going there). But both will make visits to Corvallis this weekend, and Beaver coaches feel good about the chances of the pair signing with OSU on Feb. 6.

• Anthony Oden, the younger brother of Trail Blazer Greg Oden, has verbally committed to Arkansas after receiving a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks. Oregon State never arranged a visit for the offensive tackle/tight end and didn't offer a ride.

- Kerry Eggers