Ventura College has been a hot spot for the Oregon State Beavers on the recruiting trail this cycle. Having already secured a signature from quarterback Jake Luton, the Beavers have now targeted Pirate defensive back Vosean Crumbie and the 6-foot 2-inch athlete likes what he's hearing so far.
Although he only received an official offer from Coach Andersen's staff a couple weeks ago, he's been building a relationship with cornerback's coach Cory Hall for several months now.
"Oregon State offered me the Monday before the JUCO signing day. Coach Cory Hall has been leading their recruitment for me, since they like as a corner primarily but have said that I could be a hybrid safety type guy too. It's funny, he first started recruiting me like week 3 of the season, they came out to the game to see me play but noticed Jake also, and it ended working out well for him too," Crumbie joked.
With an offer now in hand, coupled with the recruiting effort that Coach Hall has put forth and having Luton already up in Corvallis, Crumbie has moved forward and set up an official visit to Oregon State. The weekend of January 13th is shaping up to be a big recruiting weekend for the Beavers as a number of their top remaining targets are expected to be on campus then, including Crumbie.
"On my visit up there, I'm really looking forward to learning more about everything about Oregon State but not just the university but Corvallis and the state of Oregon as well. Being from Florida, outside of California, I haven't been anywhere else on this side of the country," he said. "I want to see the atmosphere of the program, the people that surround themselves around the program and that I would have to live around should I be up there."
"Continuing to learn more about the coaching staff and the players that make up the program is also big," he continued. "At Ventura, we are very close, like a big brotherhood both on and off the field. Finding a place that has the same type of feel as down there is definitely very important to me as I did well in that type of environment. We all treated each other with respect, like a family, and worked hard to achieve the same goal and it is definitely a situation that I'm looking to duplicate at the next level."
Having a good idea of what he's looking for in a college, Vosean is very high on the Beavers right now for a number of different reasons and seems to be very knowledgeable about the current events surrounding the program.
"Oregon State is definite on the ups right now. With Coach Andersen signing his long term deal until 2021 I do believe, he's going to be there for a long time. With the finish to this past season, playing strong and beating Oregon in the Civil War game, it was big. Coach Hall has told me that Coach Andersen has made things exciting again in Corvallis; it's easy to see that from the outside looking in, and it all starts with Coach Andersen."
It's easy to think that the Beavers are in the drivers' seat moving forward with the former Fresno State commit, but a number of other programs have been in contact, and Crumbie thinks that number could increase as the dead period comes to an end next week.
"As of now, I really only have the official visit to Oregon State set up, but I'm talking to a number of different programs as well like Nevada, Arkansas State, Western Kentucky, Louisiana Lafayette, and Hawaii reached out more recently. But being in a dead period, I really don't know what to expect or is going to happen over the next couple weeks. But for right now, I'm going to take my visit to Oregon State and see how I like the team and environment, and if the situation is right then maybe I won't take another visit. I'm just going with the flow right now. I'm very high on Oregon State right now and have developed a great relationship with Coach Hall."
Stay with BeaverBlitz as things are about to get exciting as we approach the sprint to Signing Day 2017 and Coach Andersen puts the finishing touches on his 2017 recruiting class.