VERBAL: Beavs add fleet CB/KR to 2010 class

SAY THIS FOR Ryan Handford -- he shows up nicely on film. After his sophomore season at Santa Ana, he didn't have any D-I offers. But he sent out tape and a copy made its way to Corvallis. From then on, his recruitment by the Beavs picked up steam and Friday, OSU offered and he climbed on board, becoming a late member of the 2010 Beaver class. So what's the scoop on the Beavs' new CB/return man?

Oregon State liked Handford's (5-10.5, 193, 4.44) versatility -- he's also a return man -- and his physicality from what the corner said. And it sounds like he's comfortable playing pretty much any coverage and/or comin' up and putting his hat on a running back.

"They told me they like my aggressiveness -- coach (Mike) Riley told me he liked the way I came up and tackled," said Handford. "He also liked that I'm not only a corner, I'm also a kick returner, that I can help out with that also. They said they liked my speed, awareness, and just the way I play the game.

"They saw my tape on youtube and said they liked what they saw. I came up (to OSU) on Tuesday and they gave me the offer letter yesterday (Friday). I've just been walking around saying, 'Wow, I'm a Beaver now!'"
Note: You can watch his youtube video down below.

HANDFORD, WHO HAS remained close friends with two of his former prep teammates at Santiago High in Corona, Calif., -- Beavers Ryan McCants and Sean Martin -- said the Oregon State coaches have also talked about using him in the return game.

"They're thinking just kickoff returns I think, I'll leave the punt returns to James Rodgers," he laughed. "They basically said all DBs who come in, you're going to play special teams, and I'm all for that. At Santa Ana, I got the special teams player of the year as a returner, and I was on both the kickoff and punt return teams. Special teams, that goes hand in hand with playing at DB and at corner."

Handford has some wheels, running a legit 40 time of 4.44 about two months ago.

"I'm definitely in the 4.4 range," said Handford.

THIS PAST SEASON, Handford posted 60 tackles, including three for loss, with eight pass breakups and two interceptions. He also returned a fumble 23 yards. On special teams, he returned 29 kickoffs for 672 yards (23.2 average, long of 46) earning second team SCFASC Southern all-purpose player honors.

As a freshman, he played in all 11 games helping the Dons to an Orange County Bowl Victory. He finished the season as the team's fifth leading tackler with 49 stops, 30 solo, one interception, two fumble recoveries and six pass breakups. For his performance, he earned the team's outstanding freshman award on defense.

AN EARLY SUMMER ARRIVAL to Corvallis, and enrollment in summer school courses at Oregon State along with voluntary summer workouts, is next up, said Handford.

"I've finished everything, I'm just waiting for (Santa Ana) to send the official letter (and paperwork) saying that I have everything completed. I just have to wait until the semester is over with, but I'm done with everything. I believe the summer school starts on June 14 at Oregon State, so I'm expecting to be up there in June," said Handford.

Handford still has his redshirt, and will have 3-years-to-play-2 at Oregon State.

"I just want to say thank you for the opportunity. I'm going to try my best to prove that Oregon State made the right decision. It's great up there, it's a family atmosphere and two of my former high school teammates are on the team, too," said Handford.

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