While their search is widespread, that’s not to say that they don’t have certain hotspots that they like to look to first. Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, California, Texas and Arizona have been providing Oregon State athletes for years.
Since Gary Andersen took over the reigns, two other hotbeds have emerged as must stop destinations for the coaches when they’re on the trail, Florida and Utah. Seventeen athletes from these two states alone have signed on to play under Coach Andersen through two signing days. This cycle appears to be no different as the Beavers already have commitments from two athletes from Florida and one from Utah. But more could be on the way.
Beaver fans can expect the coaching staff to make stops at Lehi High School in Utah over the course of the next couple recruiting cycles as they are actively recruiting several athletes there. For 2018, quarterback Camm Cooper has already garnered an OSU offer. This season’s prize is 3* tight end Carson Terrell. The 6’5” 225 pounder recently spoke to us about his recruitment and how Oregon State fits in.
“I love Coach McGiven. He came out and watched me and Camm play a couple weeks ago. It was nice to see him invest the time to come see me play.” Carson continued, “They offer a good education in a great college setting. It’s kind of what you always want in a school, a good education and the opportunity to play football at a high level in the Pac-12.”
Terrell currently has offers from UCLA (his most recent), BYU, Hawaii, Kansas, Utah State, Idaho, Nevada and the University of San Diego, in addition to Oregon State. While offers continue to come in as his senior season continues, Terrell does have a top group and a somewhat firm plan on how he’d like to see his recruitment play out.
“I have a top three of Oregon State, Utah State, and BYU currently, with Kansas and UCLA still kind of under consideration as well.” Terrell went on to give a brief synopsis of what he likes about each of his top schools.
“With OSU I really like the coaches that I’ve spoken with, whether it’s Coach McGiven or Coach Woods we usually talk once a week or so. I also have noticed that they are starting to use their TEs more. the coaches have been telling me that they want to continue to emphasize my position to make it a really strong group and more of a factor moving forward. Utah State I’ve always had a good relationship with their coaches. They were an early offer and I really like where they are going with their program. Coach Wells is talking about having big things that they want to get done still in front of them. Then BYU I just love their coaches. As you all know, Coach Sitake is awesome. They’re also close to home so that helps too.”
Despite having a top-3, Terrell would still like to take all of visits with one going to each of his top schools and then Kansas and UCLA as well. But those visits will have to wait until after his season concludes as his main focus is on getting his Pioneers team to the playoffs.
Stay with BeaverBlitz as we continue to provide updates on Carson Terrell’s recruitment and the rest of Coach Andersen’s recruiting efforts as he looks to complete his 2017 class.