The Oregon State coaching staff is not afraid to go after players that they think fit the mold of an Oregon State Beaver, whether they're committed to another program or not. Rachad Wildgoose Jr. committed to Rutgers earlier this month but that didn't deter the OSU staff from offering him earlier this month. And the defensive back from Miami's Northwestern High School is listening to what the Beavers have to say.
Wildgoose committed to the Scarlet Knights on April 15th, shortly after taking an unofficial visit to New Brunswick. Rutgers was his first and only offer at the time he pledged to the program.
"What led to my commitment was the relationship with the coaches; I really felt a connection with them. They're very encouraging and they had been recruiting me hard prior to me committing. I took a visit up there and liked everything I saw," Wildgoose told BeaverBlitz.
However, since he made his commitment, Rachad has seen a flurry of offers come in. Oregon State, Florida Atlantic, North Carolina Central, Florida International, North Carolina State, and Maryland have all offered. Kentucky, Troy State, and Texas A&M have also checked in with the 2* prospect. With all of this interest from new programs, it has him thinking about his recruitment moving forward.
"I am committed to Rutgers as of now, but I am open to other schools."
As for Oregon State, they were his second offer from a power-5 program, following Rutgers. The program from the Pac-12 has caught his eye and he's interested in learning more about them. It should come as no surprise that Telly Lockette is spearheading the Miami native's recruitment for the Beavers. Lockette started his coaching career at Northwestern High School back in 2003 where he served as offensive coordinator and coached running backs.
"I've talked with a couple coaches from Oregon State so far, Coach Vincent Guinta and Coach Telly Lockette. Coach Lockette was the one who offered me as a cornerback. He's told me about the school and also talked about how competitive the Pac-12 conference is. Every week you're out there playing against strong competition. I actually want to take an official visit to Oregon State this fall."
BeaverBlitz will check back in with Rachad Wildgoose later this summer as his recruitment continues to play out for the Beavers.