BeaverBlitz is in the process of checking in with all of this weekend's official visitors to see how their time on Oregon State's campus went. First up, Sherwood defensive lineman and current Beaver commit, Josh Bowcut.
Josh has been no stranger to the Oregon State athletic complex this fall, as he made several unofficial visits down to take in the Beavers' home games. This weekend was different however, as the staff hosted him on his first, and last, official visit. How did it differ for him?
"For the unofficials, you usually show up and they have a meal for you to eat pregame, then you can kind of hang out, tour the Valley Football Center. They have jerseys that you can try on, and then two hours before the game you head onto the field for warm-ups. Then you head up to your seats and watch the game, and then you go home," Josh told BeaverBlitz.
Bowcut continued, "On the other hand, with our official visit, they actually showed us around campus and we got to see a lot more things. We got to see more of the Valley Football Center and the coach's offices, and more of the athletic and academic facilities. Oh and they kept us well fed. We went to a bunch of different restaurants. I mean I got tired of eating while I was down there!"
In between meals and snacks, Josh and his parents, who made the drive down from Sherwood with him, enjoyed a full slate of different things to do. Josh plans to major in Business when he arrives in Corvallis following his LDS mission. While on his campus tour a stop at Austin Hall was included so they could meet with advisors and faculty representatives of the college. There was also time devoted for them to spend with different members of the coaching staff.
"The visit went really well as I had a pretty good time. All of the questions that my parents and I had for the coaches and the College of Business advisors were answered. I met with Coach Andersen for probably half an hour; he was handling a lot of different things in addition to spending time with us as he was busy recruiting and such. Then we also spent a good amount of time with Coach Woods and Coach Josh Ogelsby (offensive line graduate assistant)."
Outside of the relationships built with the coaching staff, Josh was looking forward to bonding with some other members of the team. Before this weekend he admitted to only have met a handful of players on the team. This changed as he quickly formed a bond with his host and other teammates as well as some of the other recruits that were on hand.
"Kammy Delp was my host this weekend but we spent a lot of time with Taniela, a recruit from Salt Lake City, and his host, Noah Togiai. We all hung out at Noah's place and played X-Box and stuff. A few others came over too, so it was a group of us that all just pretty much hung out over there and talked."
This past weekend's experience at Oregon State only solidified Bowcut's commitment to being a part of the Beaver program once he returns from his mission. He feels that the program is in the right man's hands and the trajectory of the Beavers' football team is trending upward.
"I really think the program is heading in a good direction right now and will only continue to improve over time under Coach Andersen. I'm just excited to be a part of it and to be able to help contribute to it down the road."
BeaverBlitz will continue to check in with the rest of this weekend's official visitors throughout the day.