In-state POY's Beaver camp could tell tale

A LARGE CONTINGENT of Oregon State signing classes under Mike Riley are from guys that camped with the Beavs during the summer, and who received their Beaver offers based on that OSU camp performance. One homegrown prospect -- the state's reigning 4A Defensive POY -- doesn't hold an offer yet, but plans on attending OSU's camp and his play there could go a long ways towards determining his future.

Eugene's Matthew Devereux (6.3, 267) has a busy summer planned, with a number of camp appearances on the drawing board.

"Nothing is really final but pretty sure I'm going to Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Idaho. And New Hampshire -- my coach went there from Vermont and when he was coaching here, went back and they want me to come out," said Devereux.

Recruiting-wise, the in-state schools have been mostly quiet to this stage for the Marist High product.

"I get the generic emails from Oregon and the mail from Oregon State but I haven't really been in touch with the coaches that much," said Devereux.

Devereux has added some poundage since last season -- all the more reason why a strong camp performance in Corvallis might be in the offing, and how it could shake things up in his recruitment.

He was voted the state's 4A Defensive Player of the Year in '09 as a junior.

The Oregonian called him a devastating run blocker who "made a bigger impact on defense, where he occupied the middle and freed up his teammates to wreak havoc."

Colleges see him from everything to center to offensive or defensive tackle, he said.

DEVEREUX SAID he's hearing most from Boise State, Yale, Stanford, Montana, Montana State and Washington State but has not yet received a college offer.

"I've talked to the Boise State coach quite a bit," he said.

Colleges have been emphasizing to him the importance of a camp appearance.

"That's pretty much what everyone has been saying," said Devereux, "that they really like my film, but we really want to see you in camp to do a full evaluation.

"Offensively, they say the like my footwork and flexibility. Defensively, they like my ability to read, the way I use my hands and get off blocks and how I make plays from the backside."

HE ALSO plans on unofficial visits to Yale and Princeton when he's back East.

An outstanding student, he holds a 4.2 GPA in a curriculum that includes Honors classes.

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