BREAKING NEWS: BEAVS LAND HIGHLY SOUGHT TE

THE BEAVERS have secured yet another verbal --- a highly sought tight end John Reese verbally committed to coach Mike Riley today (Wednesday). The Upland, Calif., star had seven offers under his belt when he made his choice to don the orange and black. Reese becomes the Beavers' 12th known verbal in the 2006 class, saying there were three main reasons he made the call.

"Just today actually, I committed to Oregon State," said Reese (6-4, 225), who chose Oregon State over offers from Arizona, Boise State, Utah, San Diego State, Colorado State, Fresno State -- plus ever increasing interest from UCLA and Washington.

Reese had been weighing the decision for the last week and called Riley today.

"He was very excited," said Reese. "He said he's been waiting for me for some time now and that they were very excited."

The tight end's level of involvement at OSU combined with the prospects for early playing time played a large role in Reese's decision.

"They utilize the tight end, two tight ends, a lot," he said. "I've seen it on film and I've the stats. They said I could become a true freshman starting next year."

NIGEL BURTON recruited Reese, and that had a decided impact on Reese with Burton outworking the competition.

"They were the school that was showing me the most love and calling me the most," said Reese. "(Burton) was very out front."

"He came at me from the very beginning. He told me up front he was not going to lie to me, not going to make up stuff. Everything was real. He said they were one of the top schools in the Pac-10 to utilize the tight end the most -- and not for just blocking but for throwing the ball."

The verbal commitments of Joe Halahuni and Howard Croom also played a role.

"My goal was to take all five visits and wait until the end of the season but time kind of got cut short -- they had already committed two," said Reese.

"I didn't want to miss the opportunity...and Corvallis is nice. It just felt like me. If everything's right and time is cut short, might as well just take it and that's what I did."

Reese did not, however, completely close the door on if he taking an official visit or two to other schools.

"That's kind of in question -- I've never been to Utah and I've never been to Boise...so I wouldn't mind seeing those schools."

Reese did have a message for the Beaver Faithful.

"I plan to work hard," he said. "As soon as the season is over, I'm going to start training as hard as I can become an important player for the team."

THE BOOK ON REESE is that he excels at two of the three skills coaches covet in a top tight end prospect -- receiving and pass blocking skills.

"I'm more of a Mercedes Lewis type, a lot of times coaches like to flex me out," said Reese. "Route running and catching the ball are the best things I do. I have to work on blocking -- I'm pretty good at pass block -- but run blocking, probably have to work on that more."

Currently weighing 225 pounds, it is expected that as Reese physically matures and gets in Oregon State's weight program, his run blocking will soon match his ability to catch and pass protect.

Reese carries a 3.0 GPA and will be looking to improve on a 1210 SAT score later this month. Through five games this season, Reese is averaging over 18 yards a catch with 18 receptions for 326 yards and five touchdowns.

He leads Upland in receptions, receiving yards and is second on the team in scoring behind Upland's kicker.

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

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