VERBAL: Beavs land fourth known commitment

HOWARD CROOM originally thought he would take some official visits this fall and was not looking to make an early decision. But after talking further with coach Mike Riley, the Long Beach tight end pulled the trigger and became OSU's fourth known oral commitment of the 2006 class.

Croom is at a church camp and won't be back until next week but BF.C talked to his parents moments ago and they confirmed the 6-4, 235-pound athlete out of Long Beach, Calif., is the newest member of the Oregon State family.

"Howard, I think it was a week ago this past Monday, he called and talked to coach Riley and said he wanted to verbally commit," said Mr. Croom.

Croom's parents were surprised that Howard wanted to verbally commit now, but said they were very pleased with his decision.

"I talked to coach Riley for over an hour when we visited, and I was totally happy with the selection," said Mr. Croom. "It was stricly Howard's choice."

Croom chose OSU over interest from the rest of the Pac-10, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Tulsa. He likely projects as a tight end for the Beavers.

Last season, Croom had 14 catches for 138 yards and 3TDs, earning first-team all-league honors as a junior.

Croom attended over a half dozen camps and combines this offseason, including those at Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, USC camps, Santa Barbara City College and a pair of Nike Camps at Stanford and Oregon.

At the Oregon Nike Camp, Croom ran a 4.89 40, turned in a 28.5 inch vertical, benched 185-pounds 13 times and turned in a 4.53 in the shuttle.

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