VERBAL: Beavers land Oklahoma playmaker

ON THE PLANE ride home from Corvallis on Saturday following an unofficial visit, Oklahoma receiver prospect Tramaine Thompson made up, at Mike Riley's suggestion, a list of all the pluses and minuses of accepting the OSU offer he had received in June. The finished ledger was weighted heavily on the plus side, so much so that he called up Oregon State on Monday morning and became a Beaver.

And he just might have the term "fly sweep" written all over him.

"I made my list up and the only thing I could think of negatively was that I was so far from home," said Thompson, a 5-9, 165-pounder who recently clocked a 4.45 in the 40.

After a talk with mom and grandmother, they all decided while staying closer to home would have it's advantages, the most important thing would be attending college at his top choice.

Thompson said OSU offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf told him they were offering him his hands, ability to change direction, speed and quick moves. Sounds like another Beaver receiver who had quite an impact at OSU last year -- James Rodgers.

"(Langsdorf) told me, well, we run reverses at my school, and they run a fly sweep. And he said I'd be a great addition to their fly sweep package that they have," said Thompson.

Out of Jenks, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa, Thompson made the OSU trip with his father this past weekend. He said he was blown away by his black and orange experience.

"I love the coaching staff...Coach Riley is a great guy and he knows what he's talking about," said Thompson. "Another thing was the brotherhood of the team -- they seem like they get along real great and have a lot of good leadership there -- they have a lot of people I can look up to and learn from.

"I picked up the phone this morning and I went on ahead and called coach (Keith) Heyward because I couldn't get hold of coach Riley. But he gave the phone to coach Riley and I said when I went on my trip, I fell in love with the place. It seems like the place I'll be most successful -- not only on the field -- but off the field. So I went ahead and committed."

Thompson averaged 17.9 yards per reception his junior campaign, hauling in 35 passes for 625 yards and seven touchdowns.

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