Dockery makes it solid on the Beavs

MIKE RILEY AND STAFF received good news recently that James Dockery was making his verbal commitment rock solid to attend Oregon State. The 6-2, 170 pounder, who could play on either offense or defense for OSU, took a little extra time just to be absolutely sure but in the end, he said Oregon State is the best fit for him and the bottom line is that he's a Beav.

"I'm going to Oregon State -- and that's final," said Dockery, who had held off on shutting the door since giving a soft verbal to OSU back in November.

Fresno State's Pat Hill visited Dockery earlier this month to make the Bulldogs' case one final time but the thought of playing in the Pac-10 plus the Beaver coaching staff was too strong a pull.

"All the things that made me commit in the first place -- the coaching staff...the area, the environment and the Pac-10," said Dockery. "You always want to be around the best players."

Fresno State wasn't alone in their pursuitment of Dockery. Boise State, Nevada and Utah all contacted Dockery recently, offering official visits and testing the waters on his verbal commitment to OSU.

"I committed to Oregon State and I told them I was still working on my decision at that time...but now I've made it clear to Fresno State and everybody that Oregon State is what I'm doing," said Dockery. "I'm not going to take any more trips, I'm done."

DOCKERY WILL GET his first look at Oregon State at safety but could also end up playing on the other side of the ball for the Beavs -- at receiver.

This season for Palm Desert, Dockery racked up 125 tackles, (70 solo) while grabbing 10 interceptions. On offense, he tallied 995 yards on 56 receptions for 712 yards with nine TDs for the Aztecs.

In the middle of his basketball season, Dockery said he's looking forward to working out this spring and summer in anticipation of his first Beaver training camp and freshman year in Corvallis.

"I'm sure it's going to be a good experience for me," said Dockery.

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