Justin Sattelmaier jumped at the offer of playing at the next level for Oregon State. Just under a week after receiving an offer to don the orange and black next year, the Palomar College offensive tackle committed to Gary Andersen's program. This weekend he'll be in Corvallis to take in his first Civil War as he'll be there on his official visit.
Sattelmaier isn't your typical junior college player. After missing a majority of his senior season, Justin signed with Western Oregon University in Monmouth, where he redshirted his freshman year. With Monmouth being a neighboring town to Corvallis, it was natural that he spent some time there. Following his freshman year, he transferred to Palomar in hopes of being able to play at a bigger school. He has received that opportunity.
"Oregon State has been recruiting me since this spring," Sattelmaier told BeaverBlitz. "Coach Clune was the first coach that I got to meet as he had coached down here before, so he was around this spring. Oregon State was the one school that I wanted to go to when I left Western Oregon. So when they offered, I knew that I didn't want to play anywhere else."
With Justin's familiarity with the Willamette Valley, he does not necessarily need to see much of Corvallis this weekend but rather the athletic facilities in all their glory, packed with Beaver fans.
"I haven't been around the stadium really before or at least on a game day. So I'm looking forward to that, as well as seeing some of the other athletic facilities and some more of campus. I've heard about the Valley Football Center remodel so seeing that is up there too."
Outside of the game day experience, there are several other things that Justin hopes to accomplish while he is in town. One would be to spend some quality face time with the coaching staff. As he received his offer just last month and committed quickly thereafter, the coaching staff didn't have a chance to make it to watch one of his games. So he's hoping that this weekend will give him that opportunity.
"I'm really looking forward to sitting down face-to-face with Coach Andersen, Coach Woods, and Coach Clune," he said. "I've talked with them all on the phone, and I got to shake Coach Andersen's hand outside of the UCLA game. But I haven't gotten that opportunity to sit down and have them meet my family."
"When I have talked with Coach Woods on the phone, he's told me that he expects me to come in and compete for the starting left tackle spot," he continued. "Evidently the guy at right tackle is a redshirt freshman and Coach feels that he is better suited for right tackle and doesn't really want to move him to left tackle."
There is one question that Justin hopes to get answered while on his visit. When is he going to get to show up? As a 4-2-4 transfer student (4-2-4 meaning he started at a 4-year institution, then transferred to a junior college and is now looking at transferring to another 4-year institution), there is a set of requirements that he must complete before he can enroll at his new university. Since he left Western Oregon this past spring, one calendar year must elapse and he has to earn his associates degree.
"We're trying to find a way for me to get up there in January, but since I'm a 4-2-4 (transfer student), I have to get my associates degree before I can transfer back to another university. So I probably won't be able to get up there until May. But they're still trying to figure it all out; I'm hoping to get some more answers this weekend."
BeaverBlitz will continue to reach out to the other athletes that will be visiting Oregon State for the Civil War game. Look for recaps from all the visitors as their time in Corvallis concludes Sunday as well.