COMMITMENT: Portland DE verbals to OSU

PORTLAND'S KEVIN FRAHM had seen his recruitment take off recently -- in particular, following a breakout combine performance last month. But the 6-3, 245-pound defensive end, who calls to mind another Oregon State DE at this point in their careers, Bill Swancutt, has seen all he needs to and has made the call. He'll also be donning the orange and black during his college days. Frahm is a Beaver.

Frahm chose OSU Saturday over offers from Northwestern and BYU, and burgeoning interest from among others, Boise State, Stanford, Notre Dame, Cal, Oregon and Colorado.

"I committed to Oregon State yesterday," Frahm said. The defensive force let recruiting coach Nigel Burton know the night before the Beavs' half day camp he was going to commit to Oregon State. The two then cooked up a little surprise for Mike Riley. OSU's head man sat down with Frahm for a chat after they arrived.

"We kind of conspired to surprise coach Riley," said Frahm. "We sat down and talked for a little bit and my mom kind of gave me a cue and so I said, 'Coach, coach. I'm in!' He just about pulled me up about of my chair."

Frahm said the decision was one of the tougher ones he's ever made but that it's also the right one and his verbal is solid.

"I just kind of knew -- I really like the coaches and my future teammates. I am totally ecstatic," said Frahm.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC COACH Steve Pyne says Frahm is the most advanced pass rusher he's ever been around at the high school level.

"The guy that he reminds me of a lot is Bill Swancutt," said Pyne. "He's got size and speed and the ability to create havoc in the backfield. Now, he's got a long ways to go to be Bill Swancutt. But that's who he reminds me of at the high school level."

Pyne said Frahm has the same workout mentality that propelled Swancutt, a fourth-string DE entering his first fall camp, to become the Beavers' all-time sacks leader.

"He will outwork anybody, and I mean anybody," said Pyne of Frahm.

For kicks, Frahm entered the Southern Oregon Strongman Challenge this spring. Competing in events that included pulling a 36,000 pound truck around, the 500-pound farmer's walk, keg toss and dead lift, Frahm took home first place in his division.

A STANDOUT ON both the gridiron and in the classroom, Frahm carries a 4.23 GPA in a curriculum that includes honors and AP classes.

Last summer, Frahm was named the Oregonlive.com preseason top defensive lineman in the state as a junior. He went on to rack up 104 tackles (58 solo, 46 assists), 5.5 sacks, nine tackles-for-loss with eight quarterback hurries during the 2005 campaign.

Frahm becomes OSU's second known verbal commit in the 2007 class, joining another Oregon standout, Milwaukie's Carl Sommer.

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