No trip to Pullman

Linebacker Nick Thurston out of Edison High School in California was mulling over a trip to Washington State's campus this weekend but decided to stay home, which is good news for Beaver fans and the tradition of great linebackers at OSU.

"I committed to Oregon State," Thurston told Thursday evening.

Thurston comes to Oregon State as a linebacker and has only played on the defensive side of the ball for one year. He quickly made the change from taking the hits at running back to delivering the hits as a linebacker. He was named Edison's most improved player after the season.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound player loves the game and is looking to make an impact at Linebacker U. He recorded over 100 tackles and grabbed 10 sacks as a senior and didn't mind throwing his body around to disrupt the offensive line.

"I play hard, every play. It was my first year at linebacker and I just loved it," he said. "Right now, I'm not playing football and I'm just missing it too much."

His favorite aspect about being a linebacker? The challenge.

"You can't really rely on anyone else, you basically go out and do your job," Thurston said. "You can't make any mistakes. And (I like) that it's real intense."

According to Edison athletic director Bill Engle, Thurston is a "diamond in the rough" who compares favorably to Edison Division I recruits Robert Peele, Akelon Hall, and Johnny Sears.

"Nick is a diamond in the rough," Engle said. "He's a real player -- built rock solid and hits like a truck. He's also just a really good kid."

Edison assistant head football coach Tony Perry couldn't agree more.

"He's strong, he can run (4.6 in the 40) and he can cover receivers," Perry said. "That's rare when you have a kid that big who can cover a receiver -- many times we left him out there by himself. Our defense would have struggled without him.

"He's one of the nicest kids around, just so well mannered. But when he puts on the gear, he really brings it."

Thurston was also hearing from UNLV, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington.

Barry Bolton contributed to this article.

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