BREAKING: Beavs land Wash. TE, will grayshirt

IT TURNED OUT that Oregon State had a grayshirt offer for him this afternoon -- and they wanted him to play tight end. And so tonight, he went black and orange.

Connor Hamlett is Corvallis-bound.

"OSU offered me a grayshirt this afternoon, I've been talking with the coaches for a while since (my official visit) and I committed tonight to Oregon State," said Hamlett.

Hamlett, at 6-7, 235 pounds, was named first team all-league and honorable mention all-state for his work on offense at tight end this past season.

He's also an accomplished post player on the hardcourt, and scored 28 points in Meadowdale's victory over Lynnwood this month.

"I liked my visit a lot, I liked the campus and was just impressed overall... I like coach (Mike) Riley and coach (Robin) Ross, the tight ends coach a lot."

HAMLETT OFFICIALLY VISITED Oregon State earlier this month but the Beavs had to hold off on extending the offer until today, said Hamlett.

"Since they're short on numbers this year scholarship-wise, they don't have all 25 to give, they said they needed to wait until a couple days before Signing Day to see how a couple recruits who were undecided turned out. I talked to (coach Ross) yesterday and he said he would call me today and that it looked pretty good. And it worked out great, they had a grayshirt for me," said Hamlett.

Hamlett will arrive this summer and go through Oregon State's bridge program before taking the fall off and returning in January to Corvallis.

"And with the grayshirt I'm looking to double major in Ross said he was excited to have me come down there for the Bridge program in the summer and get to know everyone, and he thinks it's going to be a great fit for me. Both ends of the deal are a good deal. I'm excited to be a Beaver," said Hamlett.

Hamlett, who played the defensive line for the first time this past season, said Oregon State was the best fit for him, and that a big factor in his decision was that Oregon State wanted him at tight end whereas Washington State, who also liked him as a grayshirt, saw him at defensive end and already has some big guns in the fold at tight end this class.

"My preference was playing tight end and they (OSU) need tight ends...Washington State already had those tight ends committed and they kinda wanted to see how I developed (position-wise). And I know Oregon State needs tight ends in the next couple years.

"Tight end was definitely a preference for me, I played a little defense this year for my high school team because of my athletic ability but I'm more of an offensive guy."

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