October 29, 2009
Beavers uncover desert gem
The Beavers have always relied on long-time relationships and friendships within the coaching ranks to uncover talent on the recruiting trail. The latest athlete was uncovered in the California desert as linebacker DJ Welch from Palm Desert (Calif.) Palm Desert High verbally committed to Oregon State earlier this week.
Coach Mark Banker and Palm Desert coach Pat Blackburn go way back as the two spent time together coaching at Cal-State Northridge. Blackburn is a trusted source and with his endorsement it didn't take long for the Beavers to offer the 6-foot-2, 200 pound athlete.
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