New head football coach Jonathan Smith has made it clear to everyone that the Oregon State Beavers want to make the state of Oregon a recruiting priority and bring in the best prospects from the Beaver state year after year that they feel best fit the program, and he is backing that statement up.
Last Thursday afternoon, former three-star Oregon Ducks tight end verbal commit Teagan Quitoriano made it public that he was indeed flipping his commitment from the Ducks to the Beavers with the Oregon State football program sending out an official statement to go with it.
At 6-foot-7, 250-pounds, Quitoriano had been committed to the Ducks since last July, but had been high on the Beavers for quite some time. “OSU and UO were 50-50 for months and Oregon just recruited me harder than the old staff did. I’ve always loved Oregon State and I’ve always loved Corvallis”.
Quitoriano mentioned other schools had reached out to him after National Signing Day came and went in early February, but for most of those who reached out, it was too late due to their classes being full at that point. Oregon State however, quickly made it clear to Quitoriano that he was still a priority to finish off their 2018 class.
”Coach Smith came to my school about a week before signing day it was pretty straight to the point, I knew a lot about the university already. I am very pumped for the fresh start and am ready to see Coach Smith change the program. I had taken two unofficial visits to Oregon State, one to check out the new coaching staff and one to check out a practice. They were both fantastic and I left very happy” Quitoriano said.
The former Sprague star was able to sit down with his family in March and make the decision that Teagan was in fact going to attend Oregon State confirming with BuildingTheDam that he is going to enroll when the rest of the incoming 2018 class will this summer.
While Quitoriano played both tight end and defensive end for the Olympians of Sprague high school, he will most likely start out at tight end for the Beavers. “I’m excited to get coached by Coach Riley. He has infinite amounts of wisdom and knows how to win and we will work great together”.
Many Beaver fans may have been skeptical when the news first broke last Thursday that Quitoriano was indeed flipping from the Ducks to the Beavers, but the 6-foot-7 stud jumbo athlete assures Beaver Nation that he is in fact all in and ecstatic about his future at Oregon State. “What you can expect from me is physicality every second no matter if that is blocking, catching, or running it’ll be with physicality.
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