OREGON STATE WAS the first to offer Lake Oswego's Gabe Miller, and Mike Riley let 6-foot-4, 230 pounder know just how much OSU wanted him to wear the black and orange when he had all the Beaver coaches out on the recruiting trail knock on Miller's door one day back in December. All that hard work by the OSU staff culminated today as Miller gave his verbal commitment to Riley and Oregon State. To paraphrase the late sportscaster Jack Buck, 'Go Crazy, Corvallis. Go Crazy.'

"I committed to Oregon State this morning," said Miller.

OSU was the last of Miller's visits earlier this month, having previously tripped to Oregon, Colorado and Cal, all of whom offered the Oregon 4A Defensive Player of Year. Washington and Boise State were also in the mix.

Miller said he knew the Beavs were the best fit for him and ultimately, it came down to the two in-state schools, with Oregon State coming out on top over their rivals in Eugene.

"I could envision it, I could see myself there," said Miller. "Definitely, the overall feeling at Oregon State was the thing. I had gotten to know those coaches the best out of all the coaches and schools. I felt the most comfortable around them."

The coaching staff at OSU put the Beavs over the top according to Miller, with coaches Riley, Nigel Burton (primary recruiting coach), Greg Newhouse, Mark Banker and Kanani Souza among those making a decided impression over the course of his recruitment.

Miller called Burton this morning to let him know he was coming to Corvallis.

"I called this morning and talked to coach Burton at Oregon State to tell him," said Miller. "He seemed excited. And I called coach Riley and he was definitely excited, too. It felt pretty good."

OSU has talked to Miller mostly about playing linebacker or tight end, with uncommon speed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds one of the attributes that sets him apart. He clocked a state top-10 time in the high hurdles his junior year with a 15.5 mark.

"There's just so many things with that size -- and that ability to run -- that he may be able to do at the next level," says Lake Oswego High coach Steve Coury.

Miller also stars in the classroom, scoring a 1570 on the SAT.

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