The Beavers have made recruiting Texas a priority this cycle and with new receivers coach Jason Phillips connections to the state and the Houston area specifically, they're smart to do so. Having already offered 25 athletes from the Lone Star State in the 2018 cycle and numerous athletes in future classes, their presence is being felt although not every offer sticks. Frank Fillip, an offensive tackle from Houston's Clear Lake High School, was the recipient of an offer earlier in May.
"My head coach shot me a text, telling me that I needed to give the coach from Oregon State a call. So I did, it was a pretty casual conversation where he extended the offer. It was kind of a surprise at the time that they offered, but they have offered a couple other guys from my school, Ja'Kori (Morgan) & Shae (Suiaunoa)," Fillip told BeaverBlitz.
Oregon State joins Central Arkansas, Colorado, Baylor, Houston, Rice, Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, Memphis State, North Texas, Tulane, Harvard and Yale in extending an offer to the 275-pound linemen. Despite new offers coming in, Fillip has already given a lot of thought to his future. He has decided that he would like to study electrical engineering as his academics is something that he appears to be extremely dedicated to.
"I've spent a lot of time thinking about all of offers that I have and I think I'm moving towards the final stages of my recruitment. I've decided that I want to stay closer to home and right now, Baylor and Rice are standing out. I really like that both are private schools, where I can really focus on my academics right from the start as I'm very serious about the education aspect of things."
Having seemingly narrowed things down to just Baylor and Rice, Fillip would like to see Baylor and possibly Colorado before making his decision later this summer.
"I'm definitely going to commit before August when football starts, but I'm just not sure when between now and then. It will probably be after I get a chance to see Baylor as I've already seen Rice."