Tayari Venable was the first member of Washington State’s 2017 recruiting class, pledging to Mike Leach and company in July of 2015. Despite being a longtime commit to the Cougars, it hasn’t stopped the Oregon State Beavers from recruiting him to Corvallis and the 5-foot-11, 175 pound corner continues to listen. The hard work that Coach Andersen and staff have put into communicating with Venable appears to be paying off as he will be taking his official visit to Corvallis this weekend, as part of the first big recruiting weekend of the year for the Beavers.
“Coach Woods, Coach Hall and Coach Yray are constantly hitting me up and it’s a great feeling knowing how much time they have invested in just talking to me,” Venable told BeaverBlitz. “It really makes me feel like they really want me to come in and be a part of what they’re trying to build there.”
On his upcoming visit, there are several things that Tayari would like to see.
“I’m just trying to get a good vibe from the program to see how comfortable with everything around there I am. I have been talking to the coaches and they’ve been telling me how excited they are to get me up so I can see everything that they’ve been telling me about for myself.”
“They’ve told me about it being a great college town and how they are building things up around there," he continued. "I want to see that. Most importantly though, I want to see how the coaches interact with the players, how the players respond to that, and how much the team as a whole has improved.”
After this weekend, Tayari has one other visit planned for later in the year, a trip to Pullman in December. Following that trip, he hopes to sit down and talk with his family to try to make a final decision on where he’d like to attend.
“I want to get that feeling that if something should happen, being away from home, what kind of support system is around me? How would I interact with the coaches and my fellow players," he said. "Which place is going to give me that secure feeling, that’s something I want to find out.”
Stay with BeaverBlitz for updates throughout the weekend as Venable and the rest of the recruits enjoy their visits this weekend.
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