LINEBACKER U HAS a new face. Tom Hansen, a 6-2, 220 pound versatile wrecking machine with nine offers under his belt, has ended the recruiting process. "I'm going to Oregon State," Hansen told BeaverFootball.com. "And that's a solid verbal." It's also a pledge the Sheldon High star made sight unseen -- he's never set foot in Corvallis. Say this for Mike Riley and the Beaver staff, they've got some serious game when it comes to in-home visits.

Hansen chose Oregon State over Northwestern, Nevada and Kansas State, as well as Utah, San Jose State, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho. All had offered.

Hansen had tripped to Nevada on Dec. 2, Northwestern was planned for Jan. 6 but that trip has been cancelled. The only visit he'll be taking is to Corvallis on Jan 13.

He verbally committed to the Beavers yesterday, calling coach Mark Banker first and then coach Mike Riley.

"They were both real excited," said Hansen. "Banker, you could hear him tell everyone else 'Hansen just committed,' and everyone in the background started yelling. That was fun."

The pledge comes on the heels of an in-home visit by Riley that knocked his socks off.

"From Day One I kind of knew I really liked Oregon State and it just kept better and better and better," said Hansen. "everything's perfect about it -- location, education, football, everything."

HE RACKED UP 75 tackles including a ridiculous 20 for loss -- eight of which were sacks -- plus another 10 or so quarterback pressures to go along with three fumble recoveries. For good measure, he took a pass reception off a fake punt 65 yards to paydirt.

Hansen also set the SPARQ record at a NIKE combine this year. He was electronically timed at 4.62 in the 40 while other highly rated linebackers, with since reported faster 40 times, weren't close to matching Hansen that day.

College coaches usually look at who runs away from, or who catches, another player on the gridiron more than they'll look at a stellar 40 time. And with Hansen, he does both. HANSEN WILL PLAY outside linebacker and defensive end for the Beavs, depending on when Oregon State is in the 4-3 or the 3-4 defense.

He's in good shape academically, having secured a qualifying score on both the SAT and ACT.

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