Beavs in dead heat for 4-star WR

AARON STRAITEN WAS pretty sure earlier this season he would be headed to UNLV. That may still end up being the case but after a trip to Corvallis this weekend, the Beavers are now in a dead heat for the 4-star wide receiver out of City College of San Francisco with Letter of Intent Day right around the corner.

"Like I told coach (Mike) Riley, the way both schools compare, it's 50-50," said Straiten (6-3, 205, 4.35).

"Both schools have different things to offer and I can't lose with either one," continued Straiten. "Whatever school I choose, I think I can accomplish my goals of getting done what I need to get done in my two years."

Asked if one of the two schools might have a slight edge, Straiten said it was a dead heat.

"I don't see one school outweighing the other right now," Straiten said.

Among the highlights of the official visit; sitting down and spending some quality time with the OSU coaching staff.

"My trip went really well," said Straiten. "I got to sit down and really talk with coach Riley for a long period of time and also with other coaches. I really enjoyed myself out there this weekend."

Straiten said he would take some time to figure out his decision, and said it was going to be a tough choice.

"It's a college town out there (in Corvallis) and there aren't really a lot of distractions so I could really focus," said Straiten. "And I could really work on that degree, because football isn't promised to anyone."

STRAITEN IS THE complete package at receiver with size and speed. Like most gamebreakers, he relishes the big play but said he's just as happy catching the short pass and moving the chains -- or sticking his nose into traffic and throwing the key block to spring the running back.

Straiten had 25 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns on the regular season for CCSF. He exploded in San Francisco's victory over Reedley in the Northern California JC championship game, taking three receptions of 25, 74 and 32 yards to the house.

Straiten stressed he is in fine shape academically, vehemently refuting a previous report of possible academic hurdles.

"That was a false statement," said Straiten. "The only things I need for my AA degree are a Math class and an English class. And I have a whole semester like (anyone else would) to do that."

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