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Oregon St. Flips A Quarterback

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Oregon St. has lost some commits since the football coaching staff overhaul, as Gary Andersen takes over for Mike Riley, who departed for Nebraska, including quarterback James Pensyl. Some of that was to be expected; a style change as well as personal relationships that changed has changed the situation at Oregon St. Still, the losses were a concern to Beaver fans, and its good news that the new staff has the first flip that is in Oregon St.'s favor, after multi-threat (read running quarterback who can still pass) Seth Collins announced he's not only becoming a Beaver, he's doing so soon.

Collins, from Granite Hills High in El Cajon, CA, announced he's changing from his earlier commit to San Jose St. to Oregon St., and will also be enrolling early, and participate in spring practice.

Collins, who is 6'4" & 170 lbs., will need to pack on some more muscle, but at his age, that's bound to happen.

Collins threw for 1,013 yards, and 12 touchdowns with 5 interceptions, and also ran for 988 yards and 17 touchdowns, coming very close to being a double thousand yarder, for the Eagles, who posted a 9-4 record, and advanced to the 3rd round of the Division 3 playoffs in southern California.

Here's his highlight from this past season:

Collins was not originally a target for Oregon St. under the prior staff, but new Offensive Coordinator Dave Baldwin recruited Collins while at Colorado St., and also received an offer from Utah.

Collins reconnected with Baldwin over the holidays, and it resulted in a scholarship offer.

"When they came in and said they really wanted me up there and they have big things plans for that offense and I was a good fit to come up there and compete, I was really excited," Collins said. "I feel like it's in my best interests to come up there and play."

Collins is rated only a 2-star prospect by Rivals and Scout, but 247 Sports has Collins rated 3-stars.

Since Rivals and Scout adjust their ratings up and down based on the level of school a player commits to, the earlier decision to go with San Jose St. could have affected that.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com