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A lot of talk has been made about the amount of talented linebackers that have recently played at Oregon State. Another group that is gaining notoriety is the tight-ends where current Buffalo Bill tight end Tim Euhus played, future NFLer Joe Newton plays, and JC Gridwire All-American Jason Vandiver will play.

"I decided to commit to Oregon State," Vandiver said Monday. "Coach Riley is coming over to my house tonight. I plan on telling him then. I called and thanked Coach McCarney and Coach Allen from Iowa State today."

Vandiver narrowed his list down to the Hawkeyes and Beavers last week, but stopped by the Oregon campus and talked with head coach Mike Belloti before making his final decision.  The 6-foot-4, 260-pound player liked Oregon's extravagant facilities, but preferred not the get lost in the shuffle.  He also prefers Mike Riley and his staff calling them more of a "player's coaching staff."

"I went to Oregon over the weekend and kind of felt hidden there," he said. 

Vandiver heard from Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Iowa State in addition to the Oregon Pac-10 schools.  He tripped to ISU and had an excellent time on campus experiencing Big 12 football, but the chance to play in the Pac-10 was too enticing. 

"I've always wanted to grow up and play Pac-10 football, and I have the opportunity to do so," Vandiver said.  " I’ve grown up in the Pac 10 and that’s basically all I’ve really known."

The California native caught a team high 20 passes this year while earning all-conference honors for the second consecutive season.  His 20 passes were good for 242 yards and  two touchdowns.

Vandiver is equally known for his blocking and passing skills and will be a perfect compliment to Joe Newton.  He will have his work cut out for him though as he will have to battle Dan Haines for playing time.

“He’s doing exactly what he did last year, and that’s why people are recruiting him,” said Fullerton head coach Gene Murphy. “He’s a big body that can run well. He can block and run down the field. It’s not just in flats or curls, he runs seams and verticals.

"He’s a little snotty, too, and is a real aggressive kid. He’s played well both years for us.”

Coach Murphy says he works equally hard at blocking and passing catching and is getting better with every snap.  And speaking of snaps, Vandiver has also been working on that part of his game which will be a valuable addition to the Beavers' special teams.

“I needed to do three things – keep my grades up, continue long snapping like I have been doing, and be able to go in December,” he said. “It’s awesome because I can start the spring semester there, and get used to the environment of the school and program. That way I’ll be ready to go for next season.”

Vandiver will enroll at OSU in January and will have two years to play two.


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