Sticking to a new emphasis being place on the defensive side of things by head coach Gary Andersen, Oregon State added their third defensive stand-out to their 2018 recruiting class on Saturday, when three-star safety/linebacker Halid Djibril announced his commitment to the Beavers via a post on his Twitter account. Djibril chose Oregon State over offers from a wealth of other programs, including Boise State, Boston College, Colorado, Colorado State, Hawai’i, Illinois, Iowa State, Nevada, San Jose State, Utah State and Washington State.
A defensive back from Los Angeles’ Cathedral High School, the same school as Oregon State’s 2017 commits in wide receiver Arex Flemings and cornerback Jeffrey Manning, Djibril is now the third member of the Beavers’ 2018 recruiting class overall, all of whom are defensive emphasis players from the state of California. Djibril joins fellow three-star defensive back Deshon Wilson from Stellar Prep and three-star defensive tackle Isaac Hodgins as the trio to pledge to the Beavers before the start of their senior high school season.
A quick glance at his highlight film will show just how hard and ferocious of a tackler Djibril is and how he has a natural knack for finding the football and closing in on offensive players in open space. Nicknamed “The Dream”, Djibril’s ultimate goal is to someday play in the NFL, just like this season’s past Beavers’ stand-outs in defensive backs Treston Decoud (Houston Texans) and Devin Chappell (Kansas City Chiefs). However, even at the collegiate level, Djibril’s super physical style of play and solid size, may allow him to switch between defensive back and outside linebacker, making him the ultimate “swiss army knife” for a future Oregon State defense.