It’s well known that last year Dave Baldwin was an ace on the recruiting trail for the Oregon State Beavers. Baldwin, who recruits the Bay Area and Northern California primarily, was responsible for securing commitments from 5 different athletes. Four of those athletes played for the prestigious and talent-laden 7on7 team, TMP Elite. Last year, Beaver signees Isaiah Hodgins, Aidan Willard, Isaiah Dunn and Trajon Cotton all played for the TMP Mafia.
2018 is no different as TMP is again loaded with future college athletes. Leading the way for TMP is Sacramento native Isaah Crocker. The 6-foot-1 receiver is arguably one of the hottest recruits on the west coast right now, having landed his first offer on January 26th from the Beavers. He would earn four more that day alone and now claims 11 offers total with more probably on the way.
The Beavers again have turned to Coach Baldwin to work some magic in taking the lead in Crocker’s recruitment and so far the 4-star wideout likes what he’s hearing about OSU.
“Coach Baldwin has just been telling me a bit about their school and how the whole staff wants me to come up there. I actually really like Coach Baldwin, I think he’s one of the best wide receiver coaches out there,” Crocker told BeaverBlitz.
It’s hard to say that an athlete’s recruitment is just starting when they’re sitting at 11 offers, but it’s the feeling of many that he is on the verge of becoming a national recruit with offers from coast to coast. According to Crocker, some of the programs that have offered are pushing for him to jump on board now but that doesn’t seem to fit with the idea of how he envisions his recruitment playing out.
“I’m seeing a lot of different colleges trying to nail me down or get me to commit but I think I’m probably going to wait to commit until signing day so that I can take my visits and continue to build relationships with the different colleges,” he said.
As for Oregon State, the relationship that he’s building with Coach Baldwin coupled with some of his closest friends that are signed on to play for them this next fall means that the Beavers will probably be in it up until the very end with Crocker. Trajon Cotton is actually one of Crocker’s closest friends as the two not only played with one another for TMP but also starred for Inderkum High School in northern Sacramento.
“With Oregon State, getting to play with Trajon and some of the other guys from TMP like both of the Isaiahs' (Dunn and Hodgins) is a big deal to me," he said. I definitely feel like out of all the colleges recruiting me, Oregon State has a TMP pipeline, they want TMP guys and that’s a huge draw for me as it would allow me to continue to play with some of these guys that I’ve grown up with. Some of my really close friends.”
Isaah plans on attending the upcoming spring game for Oregon State. It will be the only one he’ll be taking in this spring. Trajon and several other members of the TMP family, both past and present are also going to make the trek up for the festivities. BeaverBlitz will check back in with him as he returns home from Corvallis to get his thoughts on his visit.