With three commits from the state of Oregon already in the fold for Jonathan Smith and his Oregon State staff, a handful of highly coveted prospects from outside the Beaver State were on campus this weekend to check out what Corvallis has to offer.
One of the visitors on campus paid his own way to travel across the country almost 3,000 miles to reunite with a family member who signed with the Beavers 2018 recruiting class.
6-foot-3, 240-pound 247Sports four-star defensive end Omar Speights from Northeast High School (Philadelphia, Penn.), committed to Oregon State over offers from Baylor, BYU, Duke, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Syracuse, Rutgers, Tennessee and others.
Speights, the younger brother of 2018 defensive tackle signee Jeromy Reichner, felt the connections with the Oregon State staff like defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar and defensive line coach Legi Suiaunoa along with the opportunity to play alongside Reichner were enough to solidify his decision to give his verbal pledge to the Beavers.
With the No. 1 player from the state of Pennsylvania among 2019 prospects now locked in with the rest of the already committed 2019 class, look for the Beavers to continue to use the ties that they have to the midwest to their advantage when carefully evaluating big time playmakers that would fit in smoothly with the vision Jonathan Smith has for his Beaver football teams going forward.
Speights was the beginning of an avalanche effect with Oregon State recruiting as more commitments are rumored to be made public throughout the next week.
Speights’ Hudl highlights:
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