COMMIT: Big legged, Serna protégé to OSU

HE'S BOOTED EVERY kickoff either into or beyond the end zone this season. He's very close friends with Beaver kicking great Alexis Serna, now in the CFL. He had a great showing this past summer when in Corvallis at the Beavs' camp. So when Oregon State called this week, he didn't take long to make a decision.

Trevor Romaine (6-0, 185) out of Corona, Calif., had an official visit set up for Nevada for later this year. But after the call from OSU special teams coach Bruce Read, that's been cancelled.

"I knew once I went up there, it was the place I wanted to go," said Romaine of Oregon State. "I've gone around and seen other campuses. When I went to OSU, it just felt right. The connection me and coach Read had, it just felt right and where I wanted to be."

Like other schools, the Beavs have sometimes found success in a having a kicker walk on and then earn a scholie, like with Alexis Serna. But Oregon State went a different route with Romaine and when they offered a scholarship, he said he jumped on it immediately.

"(Coach Read) just said when I went up this summer that I performed when I was in front of him. He said he just liked the way I kicked and I had good technique, a strong leg and what they were looking for," said Romaine.

Romaine is 4-of-5 this season with a long of 52 yards. He's sent every kickoff either into the end zone or beyond the back chalk. According to scribe John Murphy of the Press Enterprise, he's nine away from the all-time CIF-Southern Section record for career PATs. Romaine has booted 170 of them over his prep career.

ROMAINE AND SERNA, now with Winnipeg of the CFL, met at a kicking clinic and have been close friends ever since. They stay in touch on a weekly basis.

"We met at Hugo Castellanos's kicking camp. He went to A.B. Miller and would come back for the camps and we just started talking and got to be close...He texts me after every game to see how I did and things I can improve on," said Romaine.

ROMAINE HANDLES BOTH kicking and punting duties at Centennial High but said he'll probably be focusing on placekicking and kickoffs at Oregon State.

Romaine has also been known to get big laughs from his teammates. He showed up for a team walk-through one day in his pajamas.

"We just had a dress-up day at school one time. People still give me a hard time for that," he laughed.

Romaine said he'll be in Corvallis again later this month for an unofficial visit Oct. 31 when the Beavs host UCLA. An official visit date will be scheduled a little later down the road.

Trevor Romaine profile

  • As a junior, Romaine was named first team all-league and all-CIF Southern Section. He booted 84 of 95 kickoffs for touchbacks, hit on 74 of 80 extra points (93 percent) and was 5 of 10 field goals with a long of 35 yards.

  • Also posted a 37.6 yard average on punts, with a long of 60.

  • He helped Centennial to back-to-back CIF Inland Division Championships in 2007 & 2008, and a State Championship in 2008.

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