VERBAL: Beavs' great timing on 265-pound DE

IN THE EVER-EARLIER WORLD of gaining recruiting commitments, sometimes it still pays to wait. Luke Hollingsworth (6-3.5, 265) out of Snow College looked to be a '15 class guy. But about three weeks ago it became clear he could graduate early -- with 4-to-play-3 -- right around the time OSU came calling. He tripped to Corvallis, Mike Riley offered and the Beavers have themselves a high-motor d-end.

Most schools didn't know Luke Hollingsworth would be available in the 2014 class.

Heck, Hollingsworth didn't even know for sure until just recently.

"It's an interesting story, I wasn't supposed to be able to graduate until next fall," said Hollingsworth. "Any school that ever called, I just told them (that.) But Oregon State needed defensive ends and were going the JUCO route and Joe (Seumalo) saw how close I was to graduation. And I'm actually just going to take one month of summer classes and that's how I'm graduating and will be able to report in the fall."

Hollingsworth was a full qualifier out of high school but took classes at Weber State before Snow.

"That made me a 4-2-4 transfer so I have to graduate but I'm so close that I'll need two elective credits and then I'm done," said Hollingsworth.

HOLLINGSWORTH SAID THINGS came together quickly -- the Beavs called about three weeks ago, came out for an in-home about a week and a half ago and then he tripped to OSU this past weekend.

"It just worked out when I was out there at Oregon State this weekend," he said. "And we got the deal shut...Coach Riley said they had a scholarship for me and I told him I'll take it."

The Beavers' ties to Snow, where Stephen Paea played before OSU and where the Beavs got Siale Hautau from this past class, was not lost on Hollingsworth.

"To say I didn't have other offers out there, I wouldn't have taken them if I didn't think it was going to be a good fit, and I had another year at Snow. But I had always thought of Oregon State Football as one of my top picks if they ever came knocking -- and they came knocking and it was just like, Wow!"

HOLLINGSWORTH HAD 30 tackles and three sacks as a freshman at Snow in 2013. He's coming to Oregon State as a defensive end but said there may be times he lines up inside -- such as when the Beavs want their four best pass rushers out there, a situation that might even call for as many as four down d-ends in some situations.

"Coach Joe recruited me, he was straight forward and he told me how it is -- nothing is going to be given, it's all earned. That's the message I got and the kind of environment I wanted to be in," said Hollingsworth.

And Hollingsworth said the Beaver coaching staff as a whole on the visit, along with the welcoming attitude of the players, let him know he had found his new home.

"The coaching staff, they seemed like they knew what they were doing up there," said Hollingsworth. "They seemed like coaches I would love to learn under and achieve my maximum potential under.

"The players were already treating me like I was one of their teammates already..it reflected the system the coaches are putting in place. They seemed like guys you would want to go to battle with, that was something that stood out to me all weekend long."

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NOTABLE NOTE:
Oregon State also picked up a recent verbal pledge from Dwayne Williams, a corner out of Killeen's Shoemaker High. He was named all-state first team cornerback as a senior and picked off 10 passes including one for score. He posted 276 return yards on 10 tries and helped lead his team to best finish in 13 years, third in the district and gaining a playoff berth after winning just two games in 2012.

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