Three remain for Venable

One of the Beavers top cornerback prospects, Tayari Venable, catches us up on his recruitment.

With Signing Day a little less than a month away, Tayari Venable is nearing a final decision on which program he will be joining. Having narrowed it down to the Oregon State Beavers, Nevada Wolfpack and Washington State Cougars, a decision could be coming any day now.

The three-star corner caught BeaverBlitz up with where he’s at with in the process.

“A decision could be coming any day now. It could be in a couple days or maybe a week but it will be soon," he said.  "I just want to continue to talk it out with my parents and the rest of my family before making such an important decision.”

Venable had made an early pledge to Mike Leach and his Cougars program, committing to them in July prior to his junior season. After being committed for more than a year, he opened back up his recruitment this past September following a visit to Oregon State.

One of the primary reasons for his strong interest in the Beavers is cornerbacks coach Cory Hall.

“I’ve built a really good relationship with Coach Hall, he’s the coach I talk to the most from up there which is nice because he’d be my position coach too. Before the dead period started, he came by my house for a visit and then I’m expecting Coach Andersen to come through at some point this month.”

It’s not just Coach Hall though, as Venable admits Oregon State is a program on the rise and he’s hearing that from a lot of different people that are familiar with the program.

“Oregon State has a lot going for them right now," he said. "I really like how they played towards the end of the year. And I also know a lot of the guys that they have coming in with Arex (Flemings) and Jeff (Manning) from Cathedral and Isaiah Hodgins. I played 7-on-7 against them and we built a solid friendship through that. I’m also really close with Victor Bolden, so he’s been telling me a lot more about the school and stuff. His dad is my track coach so I know them all really well.”

Outside of Oregon State, Nevada and Washington State are also being given major consideration. The Rancho Cucamonga native tripped to Reno in November but has yet to visit Washington State, but he’s not too concerned about making a decision before taking all of his visits it seems.

“I have taken a couple visits already but I’m not too concerned about taking all of them. I haven’t visited WSU yet and I don’t think it will influence my decision at all," he said. "With Nevada I really like where they’re at both location wise and as a program even with the new staff. With Washington State, I really like the coaches there and they’ve put together a couple of good seasons back-to-back, so they’re heading in the right direction as well.”

With a decision looming, it seems that the Beavers are in a good position to secure Tayari’s commitment. We’ll just have to wait until he and his family come to a final decision to find out if he will be signing with the orange and black come February 1st. Stick with BeaverBlitz for the best coverage of Oregon State athletics and the sprint to signing day.


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