How Midwest OL's verbal to Beavs came to be..

SAY THIS ABOUT Oregon State recruiting – they have great conviction in their own evaluations. Most BF.C followers have heard that before about Mike Riley and his staff but if you wanted tangible proof, there's probably no more shining an example than Yanni Demogerontas, on offensive line prospect out of Illinois who went black and orange this weekend while on his official visit to Corvallis.

In talking to Demogerontas, a 6-5, 270-pounder out of Orland Park, about 30 minutes southwest of Chicago, there wasn't some strong coaching connection that would provide the catalyst for a guy from the Midwest pledging a Pac-12 school in the Pacific Northwest.

Instead, it was just OSU working their way through mountains of film of the country's prospects and believing they'd found a hidden gem.

Specifically, Demogerontas said, Oregon State assistant director of player personnel Ryan Gunderson found a clip of his first game this season.

That film spoke volumes. And it's a good thing for Demogerontas because that proved to be the only tape there would be of his senior campaign.

Demogerontas broke his ankle in Week 2.

Unbeknownst to Demogerontas at the time, Gunderson had showed the tape to Beaver o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh. And Coach Cav loved it. In early September, the Beavs offered him a scholie.

"When I woke up from surgery, I had a great surprise on my voicemail...that I had been offered by Oregon State," said Demogerontas.

Demogerontas had a handful of offers from D-II schools, and he was now out for the rest of his senior season after only one-plus games. There weren't many schools knocking on the door these last couple months, he said. Except one.

Most schools run away from that kind of situation out on the recruiting trial.

Oregon State, though, ran towards it.

"Mainly Coach Cavanaugh said they liked my athleticism," said Demogerontas. "They liked how I got off the ball quick. He said my technique for the high school level was just outstanding -- he liked how I can move and get to the second level… and Coach Cavanaugh liked my pass blocking.

"Coach Cavanaugh, I think they said tackle but I can play any position they want me to ..We talked about what he wants and how he thinks I could be a good fit for the program -- he's a good guy I feel like he could take care of me there."

As for his ankle, Demogerontas is on pace to make a complete recovery.

"I'm walking around with just a boot now... another month or so I'll be running like normal again," he said. "They're going to graduate a couple seniors … they haven't talked to me about it but I feel like I have a shot to play early there."

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