Four star RB's future home will be Corvallis

OSU'S LATEST KNOWN VERBAL COMMITMENT is not small. The No. 36 prep running back prospect in the nation, Ryan McCants, out of Santiago High in Corona, Calif., checks in at a solid 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds. Following an official visit to Oregon State, it just felt like home, he says, and he gave his oral pledge to the Beavs over a number of other schools including a pair in the Pac-10.

McCants took his official visit to Oregon State in mid-December.

"When I went up there, I felt like I was home," said McCants. "The coaches and the players were it."

McCants chose OSU over offers from a number of schools -- Arizona, ASU, Nebraska, Colorado, Ole Miss, Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State and a host of others.

Sometimes it pays to wait and for McCants, who decided to take an official trip to OSU late and his fifth and final official visit, that certainly proved the case.

"They made a couple home visits and said they really wanted me to see the campus so I ended up taking a trip up there," he said. "By taking that trip, I just knew when I was there that was the place for me."

A big back fits smartly into the Oregon State offense and with McCants, there are other benefits.

"Oregon State said they liked also what I did away from the ball, that I can catch and pass protect as well," said McCants.

HIS SENIOR SEASON shortened due to a broken leg in Week Five, McCants had rushed for 622 yards and seven touchdowns to that point. Healthy enough to return in time for the season finale, McCants gained 156 yards on the ground and twice found the end zone. For his injury shortened senior year, McCants still led the team in scoring and racked up 778 hashes.

His junior season, the one that put him on the map with college recruiters, McCants rushed for 1,439 yards on 224 carries and 13 touchdowns, recording eight 100 yard rushing games.

McCants, a four star prospect, has achieved a qualifying score and is fine shape academically.

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