The Oregon State Beavers have been one of the hottest teams in the entire country on the recruiting trail as Jonathan Smith’s staff landed four commitments in just a matter of hours on June 10th.
However, Beaver fans were hit with good news once again in the 2019 class just six days later in the early afternoon of June 16th...
After receiving an offer from Jonathan Smith himself on June 12th during an unofficial visit with his mother, just four days later 6-foot-3, 315-pound 247Sports three-star defensive tackle Evan Bennett from national powerhouse Mater Dei high school in Santa Ana, California committed to Oregon State over offers Fresno State, Colorado State, Utah State, San Jose State, and San Diego State and had received interest from multiple other PAC-12 schools.
Corvallis here I come! Committed. #GoBeavs #NewEraDam19 @KatinaBennett19 pic.twitter.com/tXqwoHAjnw— Evan Bennett (@Evanalanbennett) June 16, 2018
Coming from a prestigious football program like Mater Dei high school under legendary head coach Bruce Rollinson, you can be sure that the Beavers are not only making their presence felt in Southern California, but they are also getting a highly intelligent young man and a defensive lineman in Bennett that has a high football IQ playing in the Monarchs defense.
With the defensive line position being an area of need going into the 2018 season for the Beavers and after signing two scholarship defensive lineman in their 2018 recruiting class, it has been incredibly important for Jonathan Smith and coaches like Tim Tibesar and Legi Suiaunoa to quickly secure verbal commitments from four-star defensive end Omar Speights, three-star defensive tackle Kelsen Hennessy, and three-star defensive end Cory Stover before landing Bennett on Saturday.
What also made Bennett’s decision easier in his eyes was already having a number of family members currently living in Oregon as well as being incredibly comfortable with the Oregon State coaching staff.
“I am shutting down my recruiting process” said Bennett. “I’m ready to help build the dam! #GoBeavs.”
After Bennett became Oregon State’s eighth verbal commitment on Saturday afternoon, the Beavers made a big jump and are now ranked No. 4 in the 247Sports 2019 Pac-12 football recruiting composite team rankings and No. 44 in the country by the same rankings system.
Bennett’s Hudl highlights:
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