OSU target setting up a weekly

OREGON STATE DOES not recruit a whole lot of guys out of Oklahoma. But one who is on the black and orange radar -- he was offered by OSU earlier this month after an impressive showing at one of the Beavs' one day camp events -- opened up his mailbox a few days ago to find handwritten correspondence from every member of the Oregon State staff.

In recruiting, it is often the little things that end up being not so little in a prospect's eyes. Receiving a personal note from every coach on the staff is something that falls into that category.

"A couple days ago, I got a letter from every single one of coach there," said Dax Dilbeck (6-1, 185). "There were about 12 letters, all personally written, so that was pretty cool and I was excited to see that. Just getting to know those coaches has been great."

Dilbeck took part in a one-day camp event in Corvallis earlier this month and after the session had ended was offered by head man Mike Riley. Coaches can't call recruits until later this fall but recruits can call a coach without restriction, which is what Dilbeck plans to do with Oregon State.

"I'm going to be calling them about every week or so...I was planning on calling them (today)," said Dilbeck, who also holds offers from Princeton, Dartmouth and Army.

DILBECK RECENTLY RETURNED from one day camp events at Kansas and Vanderbilt.

"The DBs coach (at Kansas) said they have some more camps and are going to continue to recruit and will get back to me. Vanderbilt...went really well. I played wide receiver there the whole time and they have three of those one day camps, so after these three one day camps they're going to call back," said Dilbeck.

He had also planned on camping at Oklahoma State and K-State but team workouts at Deer Creek High, a slight groin injury and running in the state track meet precluded his attendance.

Despite the slight groin pull, Dilbeck qualified for states, finishing fifth in the 400 meters and and seventh in the 100 meters, where he clocked a time of 10.8. His personal best in the 100-m is 10.6.

Next month, Dilbeck said he hopes to head to Iowa State, who has shown recent interest, for an unofficial visit.

"A coach had called and he had came down and watched practice. I think I'll be going up there and that will probably be the only other (school) I'll be going to," said Dilbeck.

OREGON STATE likes Dilbeck as either a receiver, cornerback or safety, working out at both the defensive back and wide receiver position at the OSU camp. A quarterback at Deer Creek, he rushed for 1,235 yards and 17 touchdowns while passing for 547 yards and another seven TDs his junior season.

Dilbeck is also an exceptional student -- he has maintained a perfect straight-A average through high school.

DILBECK SAID he doesn't have plans to make a decision anytime soon but there's a possibility he could arrive at one in the next 2-3 months.

"I think maybe I might try to decide on what college by the end of the summer..if I think it feels right..and then just have fun my senior year and focus on that," said Dilbeck.

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