Competition already brisk for in-state hoss

CHARLES SIDDOWAY

RECRUITING THE CLASS of 2009 has, in earnest, only just begun and many highly coveted college prospects will be identified over the coming year. But one hoss from the Beaver State is already a sought prospect, with two Pac-10 offers under his belt. OL/DL Charles Siddoway attends Marist High in Eugene but before that he lived in Philomath, about five miles outside of Corvallis.

OSU assistants Jay Locey and Mike Cavanaugh are running the recruiting point on Siddoway for the Beavs, who just recently offered the 6-6.5, 302-pounder a full ride.

"I had been talking with them and about a week earlier I had gone down to see a basketball game. But I had been talking to the coaches there for a while. They all seem great," said Siddoway.

Because he used to lived so close to OSU, Siddoway is more familiar with Oregon State than the average prospect. But that doesn't mean he has a leader at this early stage.

"I was able to go to more of the football games and some of the basketball games there than at Oregon," said Siddoway. "But no one school is standing out yet...All of the schools seem like they have great coaches. It's still early so I haven't really talked too much to any of the schools yet."

IN ADDITION TO Oregon State, both Oregon and Boise State have offered. In addition to his size, he has good lateral movement, a prerequisite for any successful lineman.

"They (OSU, UO, BSU) looked at my film and mainly what they saw...I guess they just liked how well I blocked and how well I moved for my size," said Siddoway.

Other schools in the mix at this early stage include Cal.

"I've talked to Cal a little bit..and I like Ohio State and Alabama, but I'm not really sure about everything because it's so early...I'm just going to take it slow and see all the possibilities," said Siddoway.

A good business school will be important to Siddoway, he said, and he intends to major in Accounting.

FROM A FOOTBALL standpoint, Siddoway said he's looking for a coach that will help him develop to the best of his ability and a college where he fits in best.

He plays both defense and offense at Marist but his calling at the next level would appear to be on offense. One newspaper has already tabbed him "one of the best underclassman prospects in the country on the offensive line."

Siddoway is working out about three times a week this offseason, concentrating on footwork and hitting the weights. Although he already checks in at 300-pounds, there's plenty of more room on his frame to add poundage and muscle.

A former hoops player as well, he gave up the sport this season in order to concentrate on offseason football training.

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