The Oregon Ducks landed one of the Beaver States best prospects in three-star defensive lineman Cole Linehan (6-4, 270, 4.9) from Banks, Ore. It wasn’t an easy decision to choose the Ducks because his brother Josh Linehan is a redshirt freshman at Oregon State.
“Once I took the emotion out of it,” Linehan said. “Oregon is the best school for me because there is a chance for early playing time.”
Linehan may have a point with Igor Olshansky going to the pros and talk of sophomore sensation Haloti Ngata going on a LDS mission.
“My Mom and Dad kind of wanted me to go the other way and join my brother at Oregon State,” Linehan said. “But they are very supportive of me and I’m glad to be a Duck.”
Linehan finished his senior season with 95 tackles and six sacks. That performance follows a 94 tackle effort as a junior in 2002.
Linehan was selected first-team all-league at offensive tackle and defensive end. He also was named League defensive Player of the Year in 2003.
Oregon recruited him to play defensive tackle.
Linehan is rated by Rivals.com as the nation’s number 22 strongside defensive end prospect and is a member of the Rivals.com Oregon Top 10 in 2004, landing as the fourth best prospect in the state.