Defensive end returns from Corvallis visit

OREGON STATE played host to highly sought defensive end Marcus Herrod this past weekend. And the 6-3, 220 pounder from Escondido, Calif., came away impressed with the Beaver program, saying there were a lot of positives about Oregon State -- including the game day atmosphere.

"It was wonderful," said Herrod of the official visit to OSU. "I had a lot of fun. It was real good."

Herrod, who holds ten offers and runs a 4.6 in the 40, is keeping things close to the vest, does not have a leader and said it remains to be decided between a few schools -- some of whom include Oregon State, Fresno State, Utah and Arizona State.

"They're up there," said Herrod of the Beavers.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF the weekend for Herrod was definitely the game itself. While disappointing that the Beavs lost, he said the game atmosphere was big time.

"The game was really exciting," said Herrod. "The defense played really well. I was right in front of the student section and it was just really loud, the fans were really into the game."

Sabby Piscitelli was Herrod's player host, with Herrod saying the two got along very well. He also spent some quality time with the OSU coaching staff, mostly on Sunday. And then of course there was the food.

"They definitely fed me well," said Herrod.

Herrod has visited Fresno State and Utah on official trips, and taken an unofficial visit to Arizona State. He said he might be done with his visits although one more trip or two remains a possibility.

WHILE HE HAS the skills to play either defensive end or linebacker at the next level, Herrod's being recruited primarily as a d-end.

The book on the San Pascual High playmaker is that he's a quick, athletic defensive end with an exceptional work ethic both on and off the field.

Herrod holds offers from Oregon State, Fresno State, Utah, ASU, WSU, Arizona, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and UTEP.

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