OSU VERBAL wowed 'em at camp event

HIS BROTHER PLAYS for the Beavers but Oregon State hadn't been recruiting him full throttle in the months leading up to summer camp events, he says. That changed markedly after Connor Thomas' performance in the NIKE camp in Corvallis earlier this month. And soon after, he became OSU's first known verbal commitment in Mike Riley's 2011 class.

Connor Thomas (6-5, 260) and OSU haven't talked about his future position in great detail but his frame and skills set would seem to suggest offensive tackle. Those skills were on display earlier this month at the NIKE camp in Corvallis and Thomas, out of Kalispell, Mont., obviously wowed 'em.

"I had slightly talked to them but they weren't really coming after me or anything...Then we got hold of each other and coach (Danny) Langsdorf, I guess he liked my (camp) performance because he offered me that night," said Thomas.

Thomas, brother of Beaver OL Tyler Thomas, had gotten his film to Oregon State earlier in the year and Langsdorf had seen enough on tape to come down in the spring to watch him compete for Flathead High in a track and field meet. And after things went from a slow idle to full-go right after the camp performance and OSU offered, it didn't take Thomas long to decide.

"I'd say the main thing was definitely my brother. And meeting all the coaches, that helped a lot. They all seemed like awesome people that knew their stuff. And then I visited the campus a lot to visit my brother and it seemed like an awesome place," said Thomas.

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THOMAS AS A JUNIOR was named a first-team AA all-state offensive lineman. He also picked up honorable mention honors on the d-line. He's the reigning state champion in the shot put (personal best of 51'6") and out on the mat, he's taken third place in the state meet as a heavyweight wrestler the past two years.

Third in state, twice, is a pretty fair accomplishment but Thomas doesn't see it that way.

"I choked at the state wrestling tournament the last two years... it still kinda stings a little bit," says Thomas.

Chances are the Beavs liked that competitive streak.

"Coach Cav had helped me out and I think that had something to do with it. They had just seen my film and I think with everything put together, they just liked it. And they said they liked what they saw at the camp," said Thomas.

THOMAS WAS FLYING under the recruiting radar for the most part out in Montana. Both UM and MSU had offered but few others outside the state's borders had seen him live or even on tape.

"I'd been talking to a couple other schools but Oregon State was the only D-I school so far," said Thomas.

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