Under Gary Andersen, the Oregon State football team has found success recruiting in the depths of SEC country. With Telly Lockette and Cory Hall on staff, they have given the program unprecedented access to high school athletes in the states of Florida and Georgia.
In the class of 2017, the staff secured signatures from Quantino Allen out of Florida and Justin Gardner out of Georgia. Already this recruiting cycle, the Beavers have again looked to the region in an effort to Build the Dam, as over 30 offers have been extended to athletes hailing from those two states.
Jonathan Gipson was the recipient of an offer from the staff on March 1st and is interested in learning more about them. The defensive back out of Mill Creek High School in the small town Hoschton is being recruited by Cory Hall, someone who has a bit of history in the state of Georgia.
“Coach Hall called me a bit ago, and I knew of him from way back as he actually played for the Falcons. We’ve been talking about things more than just football too, as he’s really given me a lot of inspirational stuff to think about, more than any other coach I’ve talked with. I’ve talked with him about trying to get out there to check them out,” Gipson told BeaverBlitz.
The relationship forged between Gipson and Coach Hall seems to be the primary reason behind his interest in the Beavers. With the conversations the two have had, Gipson has liked what he has heard but admits that he still needs to learn more about the university as a whole.
“I really like the decisions and the things that they’re doing over there at Oregon State especially with recruiting. I’m still researching who they are as a university but I know they have a great program right now that’s going places.”
Gipson possesses good size at 6-foot-1 and with more programs looking for bigger corners to match up with larger receivers, it should come as no surprise that he is in high demand. He currently claims twelve offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers, South Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia State, Iowa State, and Toledo in addition to the Beavs. More offers are undoubtedly on the way with a bevy of unofficial visits on tap in the coming weeks.
“Next week I’ll be heading up north to check out a few schools like Toledo, Purdue, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio State. Then I’m hoping to get out again to see more schools later this spring.”
BeaverBlitz will continue to keep in touch with Jonathan Gipson as his recruitment progresses.