VERBAL No. 3: In-state OL's film the catalyst

MIKE BEATON IS a testament to the power of motion pictures. Oregon State has been recruiting him since his sophomore year but the black and orange interest took a sharp upturn when the coaches saw tape of his junior season. That interest turned red hot after his performances at two OSU camp events this summer, and it wasn't long before he became a Beav.

Mike Beaton (6-2.5, 280), out of Dallas, Oregon, sent his junior tape to Jay Locey. It garnered critical acclaim.

"He showed it to the offensive and defensive line coaches and he said they liked what they saw. So I went to their half-day (camp event) earlier this year and then also their team camp," said Beaton.

The 6-2.5, 280-pounder, who projects at guard or center for Oregon State, proceeded to put together a top flight showing at both events under the watchful eye of the Oregon State staff.

After the main summer camp session was over, he left campus and, along with his father, returned later to the office of Mike Riley, where the OSU head man made the offer. Beaton accepted on the spot.

"I'm headed to OSU," said Beaton. "When Mike Riley offered me a scholarship, I just had to say yes. It's a perfect fit."

PAD LEVEL AND LEVERAGE are among what looked to have stood out to Oregon State offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh, said Beaton. He also received staff compliments for the other ingredients that go into making a successful Pac-10 offensive lineman.

"I know the offensive line coach, he went up to me and said I had that leverage," said Beaton. "I guess it was the footwork, speed and technique that really caught their eye.

"After I had sent my game film, I was talking to Locey and he said both the offensive and defensive line coaches liked how I moved, how I went after it on every play and how I handled myself very well."

BEATON, WHO SAID he was seeing the most interest from the other schools come his way via Oregon, Washington and Boise State, reference the atmosphere both in Corvallis and throughout the football program as the reason he knew Oregon State was the right place for him.

"I've visited the campus and I've met with their coaches and been to their camps, and I really liked the attitude at the college," said Beaton. "It's a very friendly, familiar atmosphere. It's close to home, it's a Pac-10 school and I really liked the program.

"I think they have a great program."

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