OREGON STATE HAS landed immediate help at receiver for 2006. Later this fall, Shane Morales (6-2, 195) will fulfill a lifelong dream and suit up in the Pac-10 for Oregon State. A wideout with size, speed and hands, Morales looked to have another season to shine at College of the Canyons but the Beaver coaches let the former honors student and full qualifier out of high school know that he's ready to play in the Pac-10 right now.

Coach Mark Banker called and offered the receiver Sunday night. Morales immediately accepted.

"He asked me if I wanted to be a Beaver and I said 'Yes!'", said Morales.

Morales said he plans to enroll in summer school at OSU after completing his finals at COC in a couple weeks. He'll be getting an early start on his college class work at OSU, as well as hit the ground running with the Beavers' voluntary offseason workouts.

"He's really exited, he'd like to be up there yesterday if he could," said the elder Morales.

MORALES WILL HAVE four to play three at Oregon State, and by landing the wideout now, the Beavs got a great one before anyone else had the chance to.

"Every school in the United States is going to want him," COC offensive coordinator Dean Herrington said earlier this spring in a newspaper article when it was thought Morales would play this coming season at Canyons.

The Beavs are just waiting to review Morales' transcripts and plan to call tonight to wrap everything up but Kirk Morales said that's simply procedural. Shane was an honors student and full qualifier out of high school.

"I thought it was very courteous that they didn't wait (until reviewing the transcripts) and that they told him last night," said Kirk. "It sure made his mom happy on Mother's Day."

"We're really excited. I've been holding off on buying sweatshirts for a few years but now I know which ones to buy."

THE MORALES FAMILY already has strong ties to the Beaver program. Besides commit Joey LaRocque who came from COC, Morales is good friends with Beaver quarterback Matt Moore and his younger brother Robby, whom father Kirk has coached. Troy had offered Morales and serious interest from at least two Pac-10 schools in Oregon and Arizona State, plus Purdue, was starting to increase but OSU turned out to be the best possible match.

"I'm excited, I can't wait to go and compete," said the younger Morales.

"The whole dynamics of the offense and everything else just seemed like a really great fit," said Kirk Morales. "And with Matt being in the system another year -- the guy's just a heck of a quarterback. I've been watching him down here for years. He just has a lot of things that he does right."

AT COC HIS first year, Morales caught 36 passes for 598 yards and two touchdowns.

He earned league co-MVP honors at Valencia his senior year and still holds every significant single-season and career reception record. As an honors student, his prep coach and others thought him a lock to receive a D-I scholarship.

"To this day, I've never understood it -- It still bewilders me why Shane Morales never got a DI offer," former Valencia coach Brian Stiman told the Daily News. "Coaches from Northern Arizona, Nevada and Cal Poly came to our practices and watched Shane play in games that he just dominated. I think they made a mistake. The kid just loves to play football. He's a winner."

It may have come a year late, but Morales said he's ultimately benefited by going the JC route. He could have walked on at Cal Poly but chose COC given the strength of the junior college program and Canyon's hefty track record of placing players at the next level.

"I'm going bigger than I would have gone out of high school," said Morales.


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