June 18, 2006

Yakaboski is on the run

Despite rushing for over 1,500 yards last year on his way to earning league offensive MVP honors, Brandon Yakaboskiwas largely underneath the recruiting radar. Those days for the shifty 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back from Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington are likely over. Yakaboski made a swing through Corvallis and Eugene this past weekend, and if college coaches agree with the rising senior's personal assessment, some offers may start coming his way in the very near future.

Yakaboski recently took part in the Nike Combine in Eugene, and hit the half-day camps at Oregon State and Oregon the days before and after the combine. "It all went good, and I thought I opened some eyes," Yakaboski said. "Overall, I showed that my skills were up to par. I showed my athleticism, and a lot of coaches said I was smooth with all my movements."

The goal was to get him squarely on the radar screen of at least the coaching staffs at Oregon and Oregon State, and Yakaboski believes he did that. The trip down I-5 was also to allow him to get a feel for the campuses and programs at both schools as well, and he hit OSU first. "It was cool - I enjoyed my visit there," Yakaboski said. "I got to talk to all of the coaches, and it felt like where I belong. At Oregon, it seemed like the coaches didn't really want to talk to me. It was like they had some other guys there and didn't feel like I was very important. So I'm feeling pretty good about Oregon State right now."

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