Robertson, Reed join OSU

THE BEAVER NATION and Keith Robertson have been waiting for what seems like forever for the Lake Oswego defensive end to arrive in Corvallis. The waiting, Robertson tells, has officially come to an end. Both Robertson and RB Andres Reed have joined the OSU program and not only that, they'll take part in the Beavs' spring ball session that begins less than two weeks from today.

Keith Robertson has known for a while he was headed to Oregon State this spring but it truly started to hit home just yesterday.

After all his paperwork had been processed, a process that took it's usual few weeks, Robertson was at Oregon State yesterday being measured for equipment and putting on the black and orange.

"When I put on that helmet, I was thinking this is what I've waited four years for so let's not waste any time now, let's not hold back anything," said Robertson. "When I was in the locker room, in the equipment room, in the training room, I could really start to feel it."

Robertson also said he's most certainly looking at this as a beginning.

"I went through all this in getting (the AA degree) but now, now I've got to do something," said Robertson. "I know that I've got really good players who are ahead of me and who have been here. I know the competition is going to be strong. But that's what is just going to motivate me to go out there and do my best. I have a little more hunger now. It took me a long time to get here and I'm really excited."

Robertson, a 6-2, 245-pound defensive end, originally signed with OSU in 2003 and in 2006 but was unable to gain academic clearance. He played two season at Foothill CC in 2004 and 2005, earning All-California first team defense honors and being selected to the third team of the JC Grid-Wire All-American squad. Coming out of Lake Oswego, Robertson was a first team all-state defensive end as a senior and two-time first team all-conference.

Both Robertson and Andres Reed will enter the program as walk-ons.

Reed is a 5-11 running back who played the 2004 and '05 seasons at the College of Siskiyous in Yreka, Calif. He is a 2003 graduate of South Medford High School where he was a 4A first team all-state selection and two-time all-conference honoree. He also was a standout track performer. Reed originally signed with Portland State out of high school before taking the junior college route.

Both Robertson and Reed have two years to play two.

"I can now go play some football and go to where I wanted to go play all along. I'm just happy that Oregon State (stuck by me) not only to play football but also as a student. I'm training every day. I can't wait," said Robertson.

Robertson said he'll begin classes at OSU on April 2, the same day spring drills begin.

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