Anthony Stell (Brandon Huffman)

Stell ready to visit Oregon State

The ink had hardly dried on the letters of intent for members of the 2017 class before Gary Andersen and his staff started working the phones in search of the next group of young athletes to pledge to Build the Dam. The staff didn’t have to look far as they quickly sent out an offer to an athlete from the greater Seattle area. 

Anthony Stell is one of the state of Washington’s top receivers in the class of 2018. Playing his high school football at Rainier Beach in Seattle, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound receiver was a big reason why the Vikings went 8-3 last fall. Stell was the team’s big play threat; even though they didn’t throw the ball often he still had 8 touchdown receptions.

“The Beavers were my first offer, I actually started talking with Coach Phillips two weeks before signing day, then immediately after signing day we talked again and that was when he offered me,” Stell told BeaverBlitz. “It was huge because other teams were in more of a holding pattern, kind of waiting to see me this spring. But then after the Beavers offered it really opened the doors for other teams to step up and offer too.” 

So far, those other teams are Hawaii, Montana State and Nevada, but the Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars and Utah Utes have all been in contact with him. He has plans to check out the Cougars for their spring game later next month, but first he plans on being down in Corvallis next weekend for the Beavs spring game. And he’s bringing some friends. 

The Beavers have targeted several athletes from one of the top 7on7 programs in the Pacific Northwest, Ford Sports Performance, which Stell plays on. Daniel Arias and Mason Sterling have also picked up offers and all three plan on tripping to Corvallis in the near future. 

“I’m going to be down in Corvallis soon, like next weekend for their spring game,” Stell told us. “Daniel, Jarrell (Anderson), Mason and I are all planning on heading down to check it all out. Daniel and I actually have the same four offers and we’re really tight, we talk about playing together at the same college all the time. It’d be cool to do." 

While in Corvallis, Anthony is hoping to learn more about one of his top schools, primarily some of the newer facilities and what things are like around campus. He’s also looking forward to spending more time with Coach Phillips and the rest of the coaching staff.

We will check back in with Stell and the rest of the unofficial visitors for the Beavers’ spring game following their visit.

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