Head Coach Gary Andersen and his Oregon State Beavers' program hosted five athletes on their official visits this weekend. While the team delivered a memorable performance on the field, early indications are that the coaches made an impact on the visiting athletes as well.
The highest rated recruit visiting this weekend was 4* wideout Isaiah Hodgins. BeaverBlitz was able to catch up with the standout from Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek, California, as he was boarding his flight back home.
Hodgins, who's ranked as the #5 WR prospect from California, thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Corvallis, calling it a "9 or a 10. Somewhere in between there."
Accompanying Isaiah on his visit were his mother and father. It is through his father that there is a unique connection to the OSU program. Isaiah's dad, James Hodgins, a former NFL fullback and the current head coach at Berean Christian, played under Beavers assistant coach, Dave Baldwin, while in college at San Jose State.
"My parents came up with me and were able to spend a lot of time with Coach Baldwin. He coached my Dad in college and has remained close ever since. We got to see a bunch of stuff outside of the game, we got to talk with the people from Beyond Football, and then we were given tours of everything like the locker room, the dorms, the rest of the facilities like the weight room and everything. It was all really nice."
While Isaiah admits that everything surrounding the program is nice, the true highlight of his trip was the game.
"The game atmosphere was crazy," he said. "You know being down there in the student section, it was loud and exciting, especially with the win, it was a pretty fun and crazy time. Then being able to go down on the field after the game and celebrate with the team, it was definitely the highlight of my weekend."
One other highlight of his weekend was getting to see Brandin Cooks. The former Biletnikoff Award winner, and current New Orleans Saint, was back in Corvallis for the game this weekend. Hodgins had an opportunity to see Cooks which he labeled as "cool", however he grew up styling his play to that of Larry Fitzgerald. Fitting as his size alone compares more to Fitzgerald's game than Cooks.
After his visit to Oregon State, there is just one other visit that Hodgins has planned and that is to the University of Oregon on October 29th. A decision could be forthcoming as he plans to enroll at the college of his choice in January. As of now, it appears to be a three horse race with Oregon State, Oregon and Nebraska being under consideration.
Stick with BeaverBlitz for further updates from the rest of the official visitors.