Vanderbilt offers North Hollywood center

Vanderbilt was successful in getting a commitment from Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) quarterback Chad Kanoff in May. In their pursuit of a true offensive center, the staff is hoping for similar success with Kanoff's teammate, Thomas Oser, who recently was offered after a strong showing at a Commodore summer camp.

"My Mom and I arrived in Nashville on June 15th," said Thomas Oser. "We walked around on our own and toured the campus and facilities. The next day I thought the camp went real well wit the testing, drills, and the one-on-one. I got a lot of positive feedback from the coaches. Coach Hand said he liked the way I moved, my footwork, and my agility. The following Monday Coach Rahne, who recruits my area, let me know I had an offer."

Oser, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman, was also offered after impressive camps at both Oregon and Stanford. He has offers from Colorado, Washington State, Utah, San Diego State, and New Mexico State. He is also being recruited by Boston College, UCLA, USC, and Wake Forest. According to Oser, he's excited by the Vanderbilt offer, but is keeping his option open at this point.

"I really enjoyed meeting Coach Franklin and working with Coach Hand," Oser said. "Although they haven't had the most successful team in the SEC, it's a program on the rise. I'm definitely interested in the academics. Since my quarterback [Kanoff] committed, I've been doing a lot of research to learn more about the program. I'm originally from New Jersey so playing away from home isn't going to be a big issue for me."

Oser has shown his versatility as an offensive lineman at Harvard-Westlake. He started at left tackle as a sophomore, then moved to center as a junior and was named Second Team All-Mission League.

"It was good to know I'm capable of playing the position at a high level," he said. "I really liked playing center, but next season I'm going to be moving back to left tackle. My senior year I'm going to make a conscious effort to improve every game. Our coach says we need to be 1-0 after every week. If we keep that mindset, then good things will happen."

In the summer months, Oser has used his weekends to make unofficial campus visits and camps and his weeks to train for his senior season. While he's been able to rack up offers, Oser may hold off on giving a pledge before the school year begins.

"I want to play for coaches who will push me hard, keep me motivated, and help me to raise my game," Oser said. "At the same time, I want to play with coaches I teammates I enjoy being around and can have a good time playing with. I'm going to take my time to find the right spot that will offer me the best college experience. I'll probably commit close to signing day so I can fit in all of my official visits."

Oser is No. 58 for the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines. An excellent student, Oser takes AP classes and reports a 3.1 GPA. He'll graduate with his class in the spring of 2013.

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