'Zona OT with Beav offer to camp in Corvallis

'Zona OT with Beav offer to camp in Corvallis

ARIZONA HAS PROVEN to be a fertile ancillary recruiting ground for Oregon State in recent years. And among the Beaver 2011 targets from 'Zona, a rising 3-star offensive tackle out of Chandler who holds a black and orange offer, plans on camping with the Beavs later this summer and holds a high opinion of OSU o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh.

Tyler Johnstone (6-5.5, 250) out of Hamilton High plans on camping at Oregon State next month. Beaver o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh is running the recruiting point for the Beavers.

"They have a great engineering program and if I go there, that's probably what I'd go into. I like them a lot and I really like coach Cavanaugh, and my o-line coach right now at Hamilton has nothing but good things to say about him. They're a good school," said Johnstone.

AS A JUNIOR, Johnstone was named honorable mention all-region at offensive tackle and first team all-region at long snapper in helping Hamilton win the 5A-1 state title. Currently the No. 64 rated OT, he might see that national position rating increase given the schools that populate his early offer sheet. He holds double digit offers, from Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington State and others could be on the way soon.

"(OSU) said I'm really quick off the ball and versatile. They said they like that I'm a smart athlete, that I understand gaps," said Johnstone.

Johnstone plans on camping at Arizona and USC as well, with unofficial visits this summer also planned for WSU, Oregon and ASU.

JOHNSTONE IS NOT close physically to where he'll be as a collegian, checking in around 250 pounds as his junior year comes to a close. But his style is physical.

"I love getting second level blocks. Nothing really feels like driving a kid down the field, like 20 yards off the ball, but I love making second level hits too because you're going full throttle," said Johnstone.

AND WHEN YOU'RE a good long snapper you're never going to be lonely -- not at any level of football.

"I think I'm pretty good because I got first team all-region for long snapping and our region I think is probably the best in the state. I snapped this week for the first time since the state game to show the o-line coach for WSU. I think that went pretty well, I had a couple wobbly ones but I've gotten a lot faster since last year. I think that could be a selling point, too," said Johnstone.

Distance, he said, will not be a factor in his decision.

"I kinda want to wait until mid-season, maybe after the season to make my decision because I want to focus on my senior year and winning the state championship with my team," said Johnstone.

Both Johnstone's parents are grads of Washington State.

"They're pretty excited about it, to say the least," he said of his parents' reaction to his offer from their alma mater.

There are 14-plus minutes of Johnstone's junior season iso-highlight reels below.

Tyler Johnstone profile and video

NOTABLE NOTE:
Among the Beaver notables on the 2010 roster from Arizona -- Markus Wheaton, Geoff Garner, Jovan Stevenson, Rueben Robinson, Mitchel Hunt and Rory Ross. Recently graduated linebacker Keaton Kristick also came to Corvallis from The Grand Canyon State.

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