Oklahoma playmaker earns Beaver offer

THERE ARE A number of athletic, prep quarterbacks whose best position at the next level will be lining up somewhere other than under center. Oregon State just recently offered one such player. But how does a guy from Oklahoma come onto the black and orange radar and then earn an OSU offer in the first place?

Danny Langsdorf stopped into Deer Creek High in Edmond, Ok., just a few minutes outside of Oklahoma City, during the May Evaluation period, saw the tape of Dax Dilbeck (6-1, 185, 4.55) and got word through his prep coach Oregon State would like to see him in Corvallis this past weekend for a one-day OSU camp event.

After that camp performance, Dilbeck and his father left campus (per NCAA rule) and then returned to Mike Riley's office.

"We toured the facilities and then I went up to his office and we talked for a long time. He offered me up there with coach Langsdorf there and Riley both in the office," said Dilbeck. "He didn't really pressure me about committing and I knew when I got there and the feeling I got from the coaches that it was a good place. So he didn't really have to sell me much."

Dilbeck said the black and orange experience made a distinct impression.

"I was glad I came out and got to see the whole campus and everything. It's a pretty special place," said Dilbeck.

DILBECK (6-1, 185) as a junior ran for more than twice as many yards as he threw for as quarterback of Deer Creek. At a Dallas Nike Combine in March, Dilbeck posted the third best overall rating out of nearly 1,000 high school prospects in attendance. His best position at the next level might be at either receiver, cornerback or safety. And his athleticism and how he moved obviously impressed the coaches enough that he earned an Oregon State scholie offer.

"They said they really liked my explosion off the ball," said Dilbeck. "How I ran was one of the main things they talked about. I play quarterback and safety (at Deer Park) but I played a little receiver there at the camp and then DB. I hadn't really played receiver before."

DILBECK SAID THE facilities at Oregon State, what's already in place and the plans for further upgrades, was one of the things that stood out.

"I was really impressed with the whole setting...and definitely one of the main things that impressed me was the coaches. I think I met most of the coaches there, they all seem close knit, like each other and have a good relationship with each other," said Dilbeck.

Dilbeck said he'll be at Kansas today and Vanderbilt on June 15 for camp visits. Vandy likes him at QB, Kansas at safety. He was also at Georgia Tech last week prior to his Oregon State trip. Future plans might include one day camps at nearby Oklahoma State and also K-State in the coming weeks.

From a decision standpoint, the distance from home to Oregon State will not be a factor, said Dilbeck.

"We actually talked about that and coach Riley had said college can be a good opportunity to explore and see some places you might not have the opportunity to see. It's not going to be much of a factor in what I decide," said Dilbeck. "..I'm going to look for a place where it's a comfortable fit for me, where I think I could excel in the classroom and on the field, and become a better person and a player."

A STAR IN THE CLASSROOM, Dilbeck has maintained a perfect straight-A average through high school. On the field, he rushed for 1,235 yards and 17 touchdowns while passing for 547 yards and another seven TDs his junior season.

As for a decision timetable, Dilbeck said it could come in the not too distant future or it come later in the year. But based on this past weekend, he said, Oregon State looks to figure prominently in his decision making process.

"I thought it would be a good opportunity to come out here and check it out and it worked out great," said Dilbeck.

Dax Dilbeck profile

  • Dilbeck's impressive rating in Dallas was derived through players' performances in four tests: the powerball throw, 40-yard dash, shuttle and vertical jump. Dilbeck's numbers were a toss of 33 feet, 10 inches in the powerball throw, an electronic time of 4.55 in the 40, a shuttle time of 4.19 seconds, and his vertical jump, among the top 10 of all players tested in Dallas, checked in at 34.1 inches.

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