JC defensive end coming to OSU

KEITH ROBERTSON says he's coming to Oregon State in 2006, although Arizona and Oregon have let the 6-3, 245-pound pass rushing specialist know they remain interested in his services. He may have taken the longer road to Corvallis, but he learned a ton along the way. The defensive end is the eleventh known verbal in the OSU class of 2006.

The lightning quick Robertson (6-2.5, 245, 4.6) says he's going to be a Beav, albeit a few years later than originally planned.

"(OSU) recognized I had to take the long route going to a JC," said Robertson. "They have never changed what they said from the last year and a half, saying if I go there and play like I can, I can be a starter for them."

Robertson said it may have been a blessing in disguise that he didn't end up with OSU the first time around.

"I didn't really have that hunger in high school but throughout this last year and a half, I've just been playing like that," said Robertson. "If I would've gone straight to Oregon State I wouldn't know what I know now."

ARIZONA STILL WANTS to bring him in for a visit, and Oregon has let him know they remain interested, but he said he sees his future in Corvallis.

"Oregon State wants me to be that pass rusher," said Robertson. "And that's what I'm good at."

ROBERTSON DID SAY he enjoys the California weather and was surprised not to hear from the area schools, especially Cal.

"I thought since we were right in the area I'd hear something from Cal but so far there's been nothing at all," said Robertson. "I love being down here in California. If I were to stay in California, that's the school I'd want to go to if somehow it didn't work out at Oregon State."

Didn't work out?

"They've recruited a lot of d-linemen, that's what I've heard," said Robertson. "And I was like, 'Oh, what does that mean?' but also, I'm not really worried about that. They see me as a verbal commit. Oregon State has always shown that they want me, and that's what I want."

In addition to Robertson, a defensive end, Oregon State has received known verbal commitments from TE John Reese, TE Joe Halahuni, OL Mau Nomani, DE Dorian Smith, DT Joel White-Frisbee, OL/DL Alex Linnenkohl, DT Mitchel Hunt, TE Howard Croom, WR Casey Kjos, LB Alfred Rowe and OL Ryan Pohl.

On pace to achieve a 3.0 GPA this session, Robertson said he still needs to get some issues squared away before receiving his AA degree next June, primarily the transferable credits he'll take to OSU.

OUT OF LAKE OSWEGO HIGH in 2003, Robertson signed with Oregon State over offers from Oregon and Washington. Academic issues, however, necessitated the JC detour to California, landing Robertson at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. He's been a force on the edge this season, with seven sacks in five games.

"He's athletic," says Foothill coach Marshall Sperbeck. "Runs a 4.6 in the 40. He's one of those guys who can run pretty good."

"Being here at Foothill I've learned a lot under coach Sperbeck," said Robertson. "He knows what it takes to be in the Pac-10."

Robertson, who sat out a year and has never redshirted, will have 3 to play 2. He was called by Dennis Erickson one of the better players he recruited in his time at Oregon State. A first-team all-league selection on both offense and defense with a 37-inch vertical, Robertson was close to unstoppable off the line, racking up 180 tackles and 30 sacks his final two prep seasons.

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