Future Beav declines other Pac-12 overtures

FUTURE BEAV DREW CLARKSON has seen other Pac-12 schools come after him since he verbally committed to Oregon State. But for the Camas, Wash. offensive lineman, he's only interested in the Beavs. Here's what he had to say about that as well as his official visit this past weekend to his future home in Corvallis...

Drew Clarkson has been hearing from other schools. But he's also been spending a lot of time with Oregon State coaches over the past two weeks. And to say Clarkson is excited about his future at Oregon State would be an understatement.

"I can't wait," said Clarkson. "Other schools have tried to come after me, like Washington, but I'm just not interested in any other school.

"I have everything I need at Oregon State. When I committed, that was my commitment."

A commit to the Beavers since early October, Clarkson took his official visit to Corvallis and sandwiched his trip in between in-homes from offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh and head coach Mike Riley.

Clarkson said the family setting that exists in Corvallis is what he's looking most forward to.

"It's a big family atmosphere there," said Clarkson. "When I went down there for my visit, I hung out with the other recruits and we all got along really well. Kyle Kempt was my host and so was Will Hopkins."

Clarkson said he knew early on that Oregon State was the best place for him.

"Throughout my high school career, we went to Oregon State camp, so I already had familiarity with the program. Plus the campus and the coaches, a bunch of things added up. It made sense and was just the right place for me."

The opportunity to play under Cavanaugh, one of the premier offensive line coaches in college football, was too good to pass up.

"That was one thing that was really good," said Clarkson. "I'm very excited to play for Coach Cav. They develop their players so well there and seeing what he's accomplished, I‘m really excited to be coached by him."

And Clarkson looks forward to the chance to play for Riley, who was at his house on Sunday for an in-home.

"Coach Riley was here and I was able to talk to him about not just football, but about everything. It was really cool to be around him," said Clarkson.

Clarkson plans to do rugby and track in the spring for Camas and then it's time to prep for his career in Corvallis.

"They want me to be ready to compete and come in as a center," said Clarkson.

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