Oregon State Lands Talented ATH

Danny Kalavi, a 6-5, 215-pound QB/ATH from Sacramento (Calif.) Luther Burbank has verbally committed to Oregon State. TheInsiders.com caught up Friday with John Hefferman, Kalavi's coach.

"I spoke with Danny the other day and told him he needed to figure out what the best situation was for him," Heffernan told TheInsiders Friday afternoon. "What system would best develop his talent and make him the best player he could be and also have the right academic situation for him. He took everything under consideration and then verbally committed to Oregon State."

It didn't hurt the Beavers' cause that one of Kalavi's closest relatives plays in Corvallis. "His cousin, David Lose, started on the offensive line for Oregon State this year," Heffernan said. "That definitely was a factor. Danny will be leaving home for the first time and now he won't be by himself. David is like Danny's older brother."

One thing can be said about Kalavi's game - versatility. "His potential is unlimited," Heffernan said. "If he takes the time in the weight room he'll do whatever he wants to do. As a quarterback, he can make all the throws. He's very intelligent. He reads defenses well and can make all the calls at the line of scrimmage.

"He's got a lot of poise in the pocket and can take a hit while delivering the ball. He needs to work a little bit on his release and his footwork, but there's no question in my mind he can be a quarterback at the next level. Oregon State said they would give him an opportunity at quarterback.

The Beavers had a stranglehold on Kalavi's recruitment for some time. "Nevada was in on him early, but once they found out Oregon State was recruiting him they left him alone," Heffernan said. "Same with Cal. He had offers from Oregon State, Sacramento State and Boise State. He took trips to Oregon State and Arkansas State. Arkansas State said that he could come in right away and play for them at QB."

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