Gary Andersen and his staff seemed to have found a successful recipe for recruiting. Recruit high caliber players that are well connected and allow them to help recruit others to the program. In 2017, the Beavers scored teammates from one of Los Angeles’ top high school programs Cathedral High School. They also secured commitments from four athletes that played together on one of Northern California’s top 7on7 teams, TMP Elite.
With the spring evaluation period starting for the 2018 class, the Beavers’ staff is employing the same methodology in the early stages of the cycle. Ford Sports Performance puts out one of the top 7on7 teams in the Pacific Northwest every year and the Beavers have taken notice of several of their players, extending early offers to Anthony Stell, Mason Starling and Daniel Arias.
Daniel is a big-bodied receiver standing 6’4” tall and weighing 190 pounds. As a junior at Henry Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Washington, he gained over 1,000 yards receiving on 49 receptions, 12 of which he scored on. It seems that his recruitment is just starting and he could be primed for big spring.
“Right now I have four offers from OSU, Nevada, Hawaii and Montana State but a lot of colleges are talking to me here and there right now,” Arias told BeaverBlitz. “My mom really likes U-Dub but I haven’t heard a whole lot from them lately. Honestly, I’m not too worried about the lack of offers that I have as I understand it’s still early on in the process. I’m really open right now, I want to find the place that I’m most comfortable at.”
It’s really remarkable to see how far Arias has come with his football talents as he has only been playing for a couple years. Growing up, Arias had played soccer up through middle school and it wasn’t until a coach suggested he try playing football that he found out that he was a natural fit on the gridiron.
“I’ve been talking with Jason Phillips from the coaching staff. But most of the stuff that I know about Oregon State is from a friend (Carter Booth) of mine at school who is committed to play baseball there. He’s told me a lot about the school and then I’ve been doing my own research as well. What I really like is that it seems like it’s a big neighborhood where everything is really close. He really wants me to go to Oregon State too and with Anthony and some of my other friends having offers there, it’s definitely a possibility.”
Arias will be able to check it out the campus for himself as he plans on attending the Oregon State spring game next weekend. BeaverBlitz will follow up with him afterwards to get his thoughts on his visit.