OSU visit a hit for San Diego area WR

WIDE RECEIVER Darrel Catchings took his official visit to Oregon State this weekend and came away impressed. After verbally committing to the Beavers back in August, the 6-1, 180-pound blazer became a soft commit when he visited another Pac-10 school. But the trip to Corvallis may have helped answer the question of where Catchings will be spending his college years.

"Yeah, it helped a lot," said Catchings, when asked if the OSU trip might help him make his decision. "I'm going to talk to my dad and see what he thinks and then I'll be making my decision."

Catchings, out of Escondido, Calif., said he might not make the final call for a few more weeks, and the it could go all the way up to Signing Day, but between Oregon State and Washington State, he said one of those two schools does hold a slight edge following his OSU visit.

"I think I'm probably going to choose Oregon State, but I'll just talk to my dad and we'll figure it out," said Catchings.

Catchings was a game changer this season, leading Escondido deep into the playoffs with receiving, kick returns, pass interceptions -- he even served as the team's punter.

He pulled in 49 receptions for 929 yards with 15 touchdowns in '06, and another 157 rushing yards. He was generally regarded as the best kick returner in the section.

Among his honors and accolades this season were first team All-CIF, Hall of Champions All-San Diego Section Team, Offensive Player of the Year for the Valley League and the North County Times Offensive Player of the Year. His prep coach calls him the best player he's ever had, bar none.

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