Lee's heart is in Corvallis

BEAVERFOOTBALL.COM REPORTED THE verbal commitment of Gerard Lee Monday but that didn't mean the bridesmaids weren't going to try and change his mind. It was a long process for Lee, marked by plenty of phone calls and competitive jousting between some of the schools vying for the defensive tackle's services.

Lee (6-3, 274) said he's glad to have his decision, to go with Oregon State, behind him.

"A couple of coaches called Tuesday, the Utah coach and the South Florida coach they were telling me that I had made a bad decision because they don't know who the defensive line coach is yet," said Lee. "But that's where I felt most comfortable going."

Some perspective -- at the time the situation at Oregon State looked to be that a new linebackers coach would be coming in, not a new defensive line coach. But that is not the case as Mike Riley announced that long time Beaver coach Greg Newshouse is moving to teach the linebackers.

There was some discussion last year -- before OSU hired Robin Ross to coach the linebackers -- that Newhouse might move from the d-line back to coaching LB's, which he did under coach Dennis Erickson. But Ross was brought in and that was that. Ross has since moved on to the head position at Western.

LEE SAID COACHING considerations were of course important to him, but his decision had more to do with the overall OSU program.

"There was a lot of negativity," said Lee. "The coaches, they had some points but I've got to do what's best for me and where my heart was taking me. And it was taking me to Oregon State because I've (been seeing) myself playing there for the last two weeks."

One thing Lee was also looking forward to now that he's made his decision -- less phone calls from the media.

"It feels good to have it over with," he said. "It feels good to have the press off my back."

Lee said he's on pace to graduate with his AA degree later this spring. He will have two to play two at Oregon State.

"I'm happy to be part of the family," said Lee. "I can't wait until I can get up there and work out with the team and just looking forward to doing what I do on the field to help make us better."

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