Good things come to Beavs who wait

THE BEAVS landed their quarterback -- and it only took 354 days. Mike Riley turned one of the recruiting bromides on its head in landing Kyle Kempt this past weekend, the one that says you get your quarterback early in the spring.

It's not as if Oregon State didn't go after guys during the May Evaluation period and beyond. But they didn't just go around offering any warm body who played the position either.

And when things didn't go their way, they didn't panic. Sometimes players decommit in the final weeks, and sometimes those players are quarterbacks.

Butch Jones left Cincy for Tennessee, and Tommy Tuberville bolted Texas Tech for the Bearcats job. Things then went south for some of the recruits already there.

Tuberville, according to multiple reports, wanted to swap out some of the commits with guys he wanted. That happens all the time when there's a change at the top, a new coach often doesn't honor some of the commitments made by the previous coach.

But Tuberville and his staff were criticized for the lack of communication and the way they went about it. Regardless of how it all went down, it created an opportunity for the Beavers.

Kyle Kempt out of Massillon, Ohio had been on board for nearly a year when he and Tuberville parted ways. And when he opened things back up a few weeks ago, Oregon State made sure to go after a guy who grew up in the Portland area. Physically, Kempt is a lot like Sean Mannion. He checks in at 6-5, 200. What you hear in virtually every description is that he has a big upside, lots of potential. ranks him in the nation's Top 50, at No. 41 and three stars.

"He has elite level arm strength and can get the ball down the field," says's Greg Biggins.

Kempt told the Sporting News he plans on winning games with more than just a strong arm.

"I'm going to hurt defenses through the air with accuracy and smart decision making," said Kempt.

His senior campaign, Kempt threw for 3,056 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Oregon State has retained their pro-style offense when so many others are going to the spread and read-option. And Kempt looks like a guy who was born to play in a pro-style offense.

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