VERBAL: Beavers' in-home makes the difference

THE IN-HOME VISITS, coming on the heels of the official trips, were crucial to the decision of Ben Terry, a junior college defenseman comfortable playing either defensive end or 'backer. After OSU's in-home on Thursday -- with Mike Riley in the Terry living room -- the decision was made. Today, he made it official, and verbally committed to the Beavers. Will he play d-end or linebacker for OSU?

"I committed to Oregon State, yes sir," said Terry. "Overall, it's just a great place, a little town and a good environment. I liked the players a lot, the coaches were great, and it just felt like a family environment. I felt real welcome there."

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Terry, (6-3, 240, 4.5), said the combination of of his official visit this past weekend and the in-home visit on Thursday -- when head man Mike Riley was among the Beaver coaches in the Terry living room and was able to talk with Terry's dad-- were key to his decision.

"That was real important," said Terry. "My dad had already met coach (Joe) Seumalo and coach (Lee) Hull, but I wanted my dad to meet coach Riley, so that was real important. And he sure liked him."

Terry has some size, yet still runs the 40 in the 4.5 range. He also uses his hands well coming off the edge.

He'll get his first look at defensive end at Oregon State, but said the possibility also exists to back up a few yards.

"Right now it's d-end but you never know, it could change. I talked to the linebackers coach when I was up there. But it's d-end right now," said Terry.

THIS PAST SEASON in Saddleback's 3-3-5 defensive scheme according to jcfootball.com, Terry logged 40-plus tackles -- eight of them were sacks, and he logged double digit numbers in tackles for loss.

For his efforts, he earned first team All-Mission Conference National Division honors.

In addition to offers from Oregon State and Utah, Terry was offered this recruiting season by Central Michigan and New Mexico State. Kentucky and Buffalo had also been showing interest.

TERRY HAS three-to-play-two for the Beavs. He said after receiving his AA degree in May, his plan is to show up shortly thereafter at OSU, before fall camp in August, and to enroll in a summer school session and get to work on voluntary workouts with the Beavs.

"Oh I'm going to get there early," said Terry. "I'm just ready to get in there and compete."

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