Beavs offer JC All-American

ONE POSITION not yet appearing on the Oregon State commit list on Scout.com -- Running Back. The Beavs wouldn't mind changing that, and have offered running back J.T. Diederichs out of Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. Diederichs, a junior college All-American last year as a freshman, may trip to Corvallis later this fall.

On pace to graduate in the spring, Diederichs (6-2, 230) has so far set up official visits to Washington State (Dec. 9) and Louisville (Dec 16), with OSU also a possibility for a trip later this fall.

Besides Oregon State, Diederichs holds offers from a number of schools, including Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Utah, Louisville and Kansas State.

Diederichs also said he isn't all that focused on recruiting just yet, preferring to concentrate on his final junior college season and his coursework.

"I don't really think about all that too much," he said.

Diederichs says he likely won't begin to pare down his list until after his football season at Dixie State comes to a close.

"I'm just keeping my options open right now," said Diederichs.

BUILT LIKE ZEUS coming out of the backfield, Diederichs is hearing more regularly from a number of different schools the last month or so, including Oregon State.

He's a back with a tantalizing blend of power and speed, having clocked a 4.4, 40 time in high school. Since his prep days, he's added another 10 pounds of muscle to his 6-2 frame without sacrificing the turbo jets.

Through six games this season, Diederichs had carried the ball 129 times for 628 yards and 12 TDs. This past weekend, he played briefly before leaving the game in the early second quarter with a concussion. Taken to the hospital and later released, Diederichs will sit out this Saturday as a precaution before being reevaluated the following week.

AS A FRESHMAN, Diederichs exploded onto the junior college scene, capturing first team junior All-American honors. He averaged 6.4 yards a carry and 145 hashes per game. On the year, he racked up 1740 yards rushing with 22 touchdowns.

Diederichs signed with Washington State in 2004 out of Ballard High in Seattle before academic hurdles necessitated the stint at Dixie State. He will have three to play two at the next level after receiving his AA degree this spring.

NOTES:
Brother Ranaldo Diederichs (6-0, 238 Fr.), also hauls the mail at Dixie State when he isn't plowing the road. As a fullback, Ranaldo has rushed 23 times for 100 yards on the season.

J.T. Diederichs

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