VERBAL COMMIT: Beavs land Honolulu DB

BRANDON HARDIN, on an official visit this weekend to Oregon State, didn't take long to make up his mind. When coach Mike Riley offered the defensive back out of Honolulu's Kamehameha Secondary, he accepted then and there. And while the positions of cornerback and safety are dissimilar, Hardin is one of those few who could man either spot at the next level for Oregon State.

"I gave a verbal commit to OSU on (Saturday) night," Hardin said. "They have great facilities, and the coaches and people there were beyond nice. It blew me away, and it just seemed like the right place for me."

A number of familiar faces were on hand to greet Hardin this weekend, with former Kamehameha standouts Aaron Nichols, Ryan Pohl, Steven Rodenhurst and Mana Silva all on the OSU roster.

Most players as tall as Hardin, who checks in at 6-2 1/2 and 180 pounds, don't have the hip turn to be able to play corner at the Pac-10 level but the OSU coaches have told him he's one of the few that do.

He could also play at safety for the Beavs, with Hardin saying Beaver coaches told him they like his solid cover skills and his hitting ability projected from the safety position.

"It probably depends on how much further I grow, I'm getting kind of big for a corner," said Hardin with a laugh. "But they said they liked my size, speed and ability to cover even small, shifty receivers."

Among his honors and awards this season, Hardin was selected to the Honolulu Advertiser's All-State Football Team at defensive back. He had six interceptions this season against what The Star Bulletin called "a top-flight schedule."

Hardin came onto the OSU radar during the Beavs' summer camp and said the coaching staff had stayed in touch over the course of the year. Things heated up in December, after Hardin had sent out his senior season tape.

Hardin is in fine shape academically, having achieved a qualifying score on the SAT and maintaining a 3.4 GPA.

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