Bierria Talks First Official Visit

The Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker, Keishawn Bierria, took the first of two officials to Pac-12 schools...

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker Keishawn Bierria (6-1, 210), had a long season, playing into mid-December as the Gauchos reached the CIF SoCal D-I Regional.

Throw in an invitation to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and Bierria has really been going weekly since August.

So he was glad to finally get to take his first official visit this past weekend, a trip to Oregon State.

"It was a really good trip," said Bierria. "That was my only official visit so far and it was really fun."

Bierria was hosted by Michael Doctor and D.J. Alexander and also hung out with the other visitors.

"There were a lot of guys from out of state there, and some other guys I kind of knew, and we hung out with our hosts and some of the other players and we all got along really well," said Bierria.

Bierria also got to talk extensively with defensive coordinator Mark Banker and linebackers coach Trent Bray.

"Coach Banker and Coach Bray talked to me about where they'd want me to play," said Bierria. "They like me as an outside linebacker or rover safety for their dime packages."

Bierria said he was impressed by what he saw in Corvallis.

"Oregon State is definitely a school I could see myself going to," said Bierria. "It has a great campus, and school wise and football wise, it's one of my top choices. I've been to some schools unofficially, but that's the only school I've visited that really caught my eye. The campus was beautiful and I loved the stadium. It's not like an old-school stadium and I've been there for a game and you can't hear yourself talk it gets so loud."

This week, the Beaver coaches will be in for an in-home visit.

"Coach Banker, Coach Bray and Coach (Mike) Riley are coming on Thursday for an in-home visit," said Bierria.

Friday, Bierria will leave for Tempe to visit Arizona State, the only other official visit he's got scheduled at this point.

"This Friday I leave for Arizona State, so we'll see what that trip is like," said Bierria. "They've come in already for an unofficial visit, but I'm really considering them too."

Bierria said the Beavers and Sun Devils have been recruiting him the hardest, but he's not shut the door on other schools.

"I'm still open to other schools, but Oregon State and Arizona State are recruiting me hard," said Bierria. "Oregon State is my first visit and Arizona State is second, but when I get home from Arizona State, I'll see if I'll take some other visits. But I'm also thinking more about which school I want to go to."

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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