OL Justin Addie of Skyline High in Mesa, Ariz., said he verbally committed to the Oregon State football team Sunday. He’s a 6-foot-3, 285-pound three-star tackle who had offers from Air Force, Northern Arizona, Norther Colorado and San Jose State.
Addie plays right tackle, but said the Beavers see him as an interior lineman such as a guard. His decision came two weeks after an unofficial visit to OSU. He quickly realized Corvallis was where he wanted to play.
“I just loved the place,” Addie said. “It was beautiful. I liked the facilities, the academics and the campus. But I wasn’t going to just make a quick decision.”
Addie didn’t have time to research the business department while in Corvallis, which is why he took two weeks to learn.
“After I did the research on the academic side, I talked with my dad and prayed about it,” Addie said. “It seemed like it was where I was most comfortable. And I wanted to be comfortable if I was going to spend four or five years of my life there.”
He wanted to make his decision quick because Addie learned the Beavers had nine offers out to offensive linemen for four planned scholarships in that area, and didn’t want to be left out.
The Beavers are up to five known commitments for the 2011 class. Addie is the second offensive lineman with Connor Thomas of Montana being the other.
Another thing Addie liked about the Beavers was they believed in his highlight tape. He couldn’t attend any of the camps or be scouted in spring practice because of a January surgery to repair a broken bone in his right wrist, which lingered from his sophomore season.
He was in cast and splint throughout the spring and early summer. Addie expects to be full strength for the fall season. Other major schools wanted to see how he did in the fall before offering a scholarship.
“They trusted me,” Addie said. “They like the highlight tape and once they met me, they offered.”