VERBAL: RB has great genes; Riley's NFL ties

WHO NEEDS VERBAL communication, anyway. Missouri running back Malcolm Agnew has verbally committed to Oregon State but hasn't yet spoken directly to Mike Riley to tell him he's accepting the Beavs' scholarship offer. But Riley also knows he's coming. How's that? Agnew sent him an email. Riley responded back. And Agnew is now in the fold. On another subject, how does a St. Louis kid end up at OSU?

"I am officially committed to Oregon State. I haven't really been able to talk to anyone yet but I sent coach Riley an email. He was very excited to hear about (the verbal). He said it was great to have me as a Beaver and that they'd been waiting to hear that for a while now," said Agnew.

Agnew (5-10, 180, 4.4) first thought he'd take a few official visits elsewhere despite the oral pledge to OSU. That's no longer in the cards.

"I had originally said that but I changed my mind because a commitment is a commitment," said Agnew. "I really don't need to visit any other schools because I know where I'm going to go…Tell the Beaver fans I can't wait to see you guys. Tell them it's great to be a Beaver and I can't wait to play."

AGNEW RUSHED FOR for 904 yards and 17 touchdowns this past season at De Smet Jesuit High. But how does a guy from St. Louis jump onto OSU's radar? The answer is found in Mike Riley's NFL ties.

"Coach Riley is good friends with Billy Devaney (St. Louis Rams General Manager) and my dad works with Mr. Devaney. He put in a good word for me, and film did the rest," said Agnew.

Agnew's dad is Ray Agnew, an 11-year NFL pro defensive lineman from 1990-2001 with New England, the New york Giants and St. Louis. Devaney was the director of pro personnel under Bobby Beathard during his time with the San Diego Chargers from 1990 to 2000. Riley, of course, was the head coach at San Diego from 1999-2001.

As for Agnew's film, it's a fun watch, and it's not hard to see what Riley might have liked about the running back.

"We run basically the same (zone read) at my high school so coach Riley said I'll fit in well there. I have the burst to get to the hole, and the quicks and vision to excel at a high level," said Agnew.

Agnew chose the Beavs over offers from Virginia, Colorado State, Illiinois, Indiana, Wyoming and Southern Illinois.

WHEN AGNEW UNOFFICIALLY VISITED Oregon State this summer, he had an inkling it would be his future college home.

"It was definitely my favorite visit of all. Coach Riley and his staff really made me feel at home. Coach Riley talked to us for hours and hours, and about family…I just felt at home," said Agnew.

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