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Friday, March 15, 2013
First BCS offer is in for QB Mahalak

By Erik McKinney

The recruitment of quarterback Morgan Mahalak (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic) has proceeded in a fairly usual progression. His first offer came from FCS program South Alabama. His second was from Idaho of the FBS. And his third came on Thursday, as Mahalak broke into the BCS ranks.

The offer came from Oregon State.

"My coach texted me and told me to call Coach [Bruce] Read from Oregon State," Mahalak said. "I went to the athletic room to call and he had a build up to his speech. He said they'd been there from the beginning and he was pleased to tell me that they'd like to offer me a scholarship.

"It was cool to hear. It was a cool experience."

The odd part about Mahalak's recruitment is that the 6-foot-3, 185-pound signal-caller has done it all without the benefit of much film. He worked as the backup to Jared Goff, who signed with Cal in the 2013 class, and this upcoming season will be Mahalak's first as a starter. But that didn't stop schools from evaluating Mahalak when they visited during the spring, and Oregon State was one of the first schools to express interest.

"I've been recruited by them for a year now," Mahalak said of the Beavers. "I went up there last summer and got a campus tour and talked to the coaches. And I went back up for the Wisconsin game. So I've been there twice and I have a really good relationship with the coaches. They've been there from the start, so it's cool for them to be my first BCS offer."

But the Beavers aren't the only Pac-12 team expressing an interest in the quarterback. This past weekend, Mahalak was in Los Angeles for the Nike Camp, and made the trip to USC on Saturday to take in the Trojans' practice.

"I really like Coach [Clay] Helton," Mahalak said of USC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. "I like the way they run their practice -- the tempo they run it at -- especially that being a scrimmage practice."

Mahalak is also hearing from schools across the country, in Miami and North Carolina. He said he would like to attend several Elite 11 camps this spring and will do a tour of summer camps as well. But for a moment, if only that, he'll celebrate this offer from Oregon State.

"I guess it's a little weight off my shoulders," he said. "It definitely felt good -- exciting. It hit me pretty quickly, but then I realized I have to get back to work, continue what I'm doing and never let up."