VERBAL: Tacoma WR goes black and orange

OREGON STATE picked up a verbal commitment earlier this week from a Tacoma wide receiver who turned in breakout performances at the Beavs' camp in June and at combine performance in May. Geno Munoz, a 6-0, 180-pound playmaker with 4.56 speed in the 40 out of Mount Tahoma High, is the newest member of the Beaver family.

"I just liked the coaching staff a lot," said Munoz. "They're relaxed and when I went down there for the camp, I really liked how they worked with me."

Munoz chose Oregon State over interest from, among others, UNLV, Washington and Washington State.

"Monday I talked to (coach Danny) Langsdorf and he was really happy that I committed. I should be going down there for my official visit real soon," said Munoz.

MUNOZ's CAMP PERFORMANCE at Oregon State saw him score highly not just on the field, but off as well.

"They said the talent wasn't an issue, that I clearly have the talent," Munoz told BF.C earlier. "They said they liked my attitude towards the game. They said I have good character and I'd fit in their program well."

The splash he made at the combine held in Los Angeles in May was no less impressive.

"With plenty of California prospects to mix it up against, it was the Washington native Munoz who stood out amongst the receivers," West Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman said. "Munoz caught everything thrown to him. He made the tough catch and battled with the DB's all day. He played physical and with a swagger."

SOMETIMES IN RECRUITING, a turn of fate makes all the difference. In Munoz's case, that he ended up camping at Oregon State at all was fortuitous. Originally, he had planned to go to Washington State's camp instead but a transportation issue meant it was going to be Oregon State's camp or none at all. The rest, as they say, was history.

The city of Tacoma has produced a long line of college football talent over the years -- a list that includes Marcus Trufant, Phil Carter, Ahmad Rashad (formerly Bobby Moore and also of Mount Tahoma) and Mike Levenseller. Munoz says there are many more who never realize their potential.

"There's a lot of talent in Tacoma but for some reason, not a lot of people make it out of Tacoma -- grades, not making the right choices or just messing up. And I don't want to be one of those people," said Munoz.

He took a very big step towards that goal this week.

Geno Munoz profile and video

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