Ducks come running after future Beav DE

OREGON STATE CONTINUES to close strongly as Signing Day approaches for the 2010 class. The Beavs picked up a verbal commitment Tuesday night from Scott Crichton, the Tacoma defensive end who tore up the rough and tumble Narrows League this past season to the tune of 78 solo tackles. After he pledged OSU, the Ducks wasted no time this morning, extending a green and gold offer to Crichton.

Prep coach Ken Baker, however, doesn't think Scott Crichton (6-3, 225, 4.7) will blink.

"UW just started really coming after him...and Oregon just offered him today, right after he gave his verbal... He said, 'Coach I know what my decision is, I want to stand by my decision," said Baker.

"One of the things that makes it a great fit for Oregon State, and it's the same concept we have here at Foss, it's about family...Oregon State just the way they handled the whole situation, they are wonderful recruiters. They knew how to talk to Scotty, they made him feel part of the family...Mike Riley was amazing with him. The coaching staff is a good fit for him, a prefect fit."

CRICHTON WAS NAMED the Narrows' Defensive MVP, first team All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune and first team AP All-State.

"His speed and his nose for the ball, the kid just has a motor. He finds that ball and won't stop until he gets it," said Baker.

In addition to the 78 solo stops, (total tackles number unavailable) he also broke up 10 passes, forced four fumbles and snagged one interception.

"Scott has all the physical tools and he just has great football instincts. He uses them, too. I don't think I've ever coached a kid who keeps his head in the game every minute and covers the whole field so relentlessly," Baker recently told The Tacoma Weekly. "He will be just as good at the next level."

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