Beavs bucking trend with QB recruiting

WHILE SO MANY schools are moving towards the shorter quarterbacks who can run, Oregon State continues to be the place where a tall pocket passer can put up big numbers. At 6-5, Sean Mannion this past season set the single-season Pac-12 record at 4,662 yards. Is a Florida QB prospect the next in line at Oregon State?

James Pensyl checks in at 6-6, 210-pounds. The Land O'Lake, Fla., quarterback is lefthanded and has plenty of zip on the ball and a quick release.

He'll need to bulk up a bit but he's a senior-to-be in high school and there's plenty of time for that.

He's shown enough to earn an Oregon State offer and will be unofficially visiting Oregon State this week according to a report in the Oregonian.

As a junior, Pensyl threw for 2,345 yards on 167-292 passing. His TD to interception ratio was excellent, tossing 22 scoring passes against only three interceptions.

Oregon State is his lone known offer from a Big 5 school so this week's visit is likely going to be about Pensyl and his family assuring themselves he'd be comfortable moving across the country for college.

Two other QBs with known Oregon State offers are Bo Schneider and Sam Darnold. Each checks in at 6-foot-4.

Two years ago, Oregon State didn't pick up their QB until late January, (Kyle Kempt, Jan. 26). Last year the Beavs went the more traditional route, with a pair of QBs on board by the end of June (Nick Mitchell, Marcus McMaryion).

What will this year's Oregon State class hold, and will it be Pensyl in the end?

If so, here's a long look at the Florida product...

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