Omar Speights is the highest rated player in the Beavers 2019 recruiting class. The younger brother of current Beav, Jeromy Reichner, is a Philadelphia native; that made the cross-country journey to live with his brother and escape the ever-present threat of gun violence in the Philadelphia area. Omar transferred at the beginning of his senior year to Crescent Valley and with almost zero time to get acclimated had a huge impact on that football team.
.@OmarSpeights knows Corvallis and #BeaverNation. Originally from Philadelphia, Speights was considered the top player in the state of Pennsylvania before becoming a defensive mainstay for Crescent Valley High School in 2018. Welcome to #BeaverNation! #BTD19 #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/I3ZGkMwwQ9— Oregon State Football (@BeaverFootball) December 19, 2018
Speights is expected to play on the defensive line for the Beavers, but could also play outside linebacker. I’m hoping that Jeromy and Omar can form a ‘bash-brothers’ duo of sorts, but regardless of what happens I sure am glad these two are in Corvallis. I think Speights will see immediate playing time as a true freshman and have a similar impact (probably better) that Isaac Hodgins had this past year.
Speights hasn’t been receiving the same kind of recruiting buzz that Hufanga did a season ago at Crescent Valley High, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that he’s been a lock to sign with the Beavers during the early signing period for awhile now. Speights still received a plethora of scholarship offers though including: Baylor, Tennessee, Duke, BYU, Missouri, Kentucky etc.
Omar and Jeromy will have just one year on the field together before Jeromy’s eligibility runs out. That coupled with the Beavers defensive struggles almost guarantee that Omar will not use a redshirt year as a true freshman. Look for Omar Speights to have a stellar career for Oregon State.