Beavers land Ruben Jackson

BEAVERFOOTBALL.COM HAS learned that Oregon State has secured another verbal commitment for the 2005 recruiting class -- Ruben Jackson. He is a game-breaking, five star JC wide receiver who was an unstoppable blur last season. BF.C talked to the newest member to the Beaver family moments ago.

Explosive wide receiver Ruben Jackson, who runs a 4.3 in the 40, has made his choice --- and it's Oregon State. He joins two other City College of San Francisco transfers -- Edorian McCullough and James Otuhiva --in the 2005 OSU class.

Jackson, a 5-11, 190-pounder, had something important to tell coach Mike Riley as Oregon State wrapped up spring ball --- he too wanted to wear the black and orange. Jackson gave the head man of the Beavs his oral commitment during his visit to Corvallis on Saturday.

Riley's reaction on landing the lightning bolt was understandable.

"He just kept hugging me," said Jackson.

The Stockton, Calif., native chose Oregon State over offers from Cal and Arizona, among others.

"This was just something I needed to be a part of," Jackson said, explaining what it was about Oregon State that made the Beavers the right choice for him.

Jackson was an unstoppable force for CCSF last season, racking up 76 passes for 1493 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is set to graduate later this month, with plans to move out to Corvallis in late June to embark upon his D-I career. Jackson starred at Edison High in Stockton, originally committing to Arizona State before taking the junior college detour.

THE COACHES AT OREGON STATE were a huge factor in Jackson's decision. And so were the players. In addition to McCullough and Otuhiva, Jackson will be greeted by close friends and former CCSF receivers Marcel Love and Kevin Swanigan, when he arrives on campus.

Jackson also had a message for the Beaver Faithful.

"I'll be there," he said. "You wanted me there, and I'll be there."

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