Future Beaver strong on OSU

IT'S EARLY in the recruiting season. There are many more OSU verbals yet to come before Signing Day rolls around in February. And so the tendency for fans can be to look forward at the prospects-to-be, and to somewhat forget about the earlier verbal commitments in the Beaver class. But in future Beaver Kevin Frahm, the second known verbal in the '07 class, Oregon State has a gem.

After a tough loss like the one the Beavs had to Boise State, pessimism can take hold among some of the faithful. The kind of pessimism that grows beyond the current season's prospects and extends into other areas of the program, such as recruiting. For the most part, that concern usually proves unfounded -- recruiting fortunes are more affected by a 2-3 year cycle than by the day-to-day. And in the case of Frahm, it's assuredly a non-factor.

The 6-3, 245-pound defensive end continues to hear from recruiters, mostly those in the Ivy League. The Beaver Faithful, however, need not worry, he said.

"I've just put on the old blinders and focused on the season," said Frahm. "I am 100 percent as far as how strong my commitment goes and as the old saying goes, if a man doesn't have his word, he doesn't have anything at all."

Frahm has kept in close contact with the Beavs since his June verbal, up to and including the last couple weeks.

"I talked to the coaches down there the day before the Boise State game. And I got myself down there for a practice two weeks ago," said Frahm. "It's been kind of tough to stay in really close contact with the season going on but I've been talking to them."

RECENTLY LISTED in the state's Top 10 college prospects by The Oregonian, Frahm checked in at No. 4 overall. Carl Sommer and Colby Prince, also Beaver verbal commits, were Nos. 5 and 7, respectively.

This season, Central Catholic, expected to compete for the conference championship, is 1-1 heading into Week 3. The loss was a 20-6 decision to Jesuit, ranked the No. 1 team in the state in Oregon's highest classification.

Through two games in '06, Frahm has 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, and appx. 15 tackles. As a junior, Frahm registered 104 tackles (58 solo, 46 assists), 5.5 sacks, nine tackles-for-loss with eight quarterback hurries. His prep coach says in addition to an enormous work ethic, 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," Central Catholic coach Steve Pyne said earlier this year. "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."

One of Swancutt's best attributes at Oregon State was his workout mentality, helping to turn him from a fourth-string DE entering his first fall camp into becoming the Beavers' all-time sacks leader. Frahm is cut from the same cloth.

"He will outwork anybody, and I mean anybody," says Pyne.

HARD WORK also extends to the classroom for Frahm, who carries a 4.23 GPA in a curriculum that includes honors and AP classes. These days, Frahm rises well before the sun comes up in order to get in an hour and forty minute workout session before he goes to his first class of the morning. By the time football practice ends, it's usually around 6 p.m.

"It's just been football and 5 a.m. days," says Frahm.

Somehow you get the sense he wouldn't have it any other way.

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