A 6’ 5”, 277 pound offensive tackle from nearby Portland’s Central Catholic High School, Travis Mackay, the 11th-ranked overall player in the state of Oregon, signed his Letter of Intent to continue his football career at Oregon State on Wednesday, choosing the Beavers over the likes of California, Nevada and Wyoming. Mackay will hope to add depth to the offensive line, where Oregon State loses a wealth of talent with the departures of Sean Harlow, Gavin Andrews and Dustin Stanton.
Mackay’s signing is particularly notable due to the fact that he is one of the program’s three in-state products to verbally commit to the school before National Signing Day, joining the duo of linebacker David Morris and defensive tackle Josh Bowcut. Both Morris and Bowcut hail from Sherwood High School, a thirty-minute drive from the Central Catholic campus.
Head coach Gary Andersen and his staff’s ability to establish cemented pipelines within the Beaver State is crucial to maintaining the steady flow of talent already finding it’s way to Corvallis. Especially with new recruiting momentum surrounding a coaching change at in-state rival Oregon, where former South Florida coach Willie Taggart has taken the reigns, it seems more pivotal now than ever, that Andersen builds off the Beavers strong finish to the 2016 season, which included a victory in the Civil War against the Ducks.
Oregon State kicks-off their 2017 season on Saturday, September 2nd at home in Reser Stadium against Portland State. The Beavers will enter the new campaign on a two-game win streak, which includes back-to-back conference victories, the first of its kind for the program since 2013.