Cade Cowdin visited Oregon State this past weekend and really hit it off with the players and coaches. The Palm Desert (Calif.) College of the Desert outside linebacker did not commit but said playing for the Beavers could be in his future.
"Everything was really nice," Cowdin said. "Their facilities were extremely nice. It's a pretty small town but I like the environment. Coach (Mike) Riley and coach (Mark) Banker, the defensive coordinator, are really cool guys and I got to meet some guys on the team.
"I got to meet Cam Collins, No. 5 the outside linebacker, who I'll hopefully be replacing and I got to talk to everybody about the program. It was a really good trip."
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Early playing time is important to Cowdin, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound three-star linebacker who's close to making his decision. Another visit could happen but Cowdin said he's definitely impressed with what Oregon State offers him.
"I got the sense playing time was available," Cowdin said. "I got to talk to the coaches and players about that and it will definitely be influencing my decision.
"I'm still going to try to take another visit but I'm definitely leaning more toward Oregon State. I'll probably have a decision in the next week or two. Coach Riley is coming out for a home visit too once I go back to Utah after this semester so that really shows a lot.
"Oregon State could definitely be the place. I'm going to keep it open a little bit more just to make sure that's what I want."
Kentucky, Washington and Iowa State continue to recruit Cowdin and late Sunday the three-star linebacker said South Florida offered. He's now strongly considering a trip to see the Bulls this weekend and that could influence things in his recruitment.
"I like how hard (South Florida) is recruiting me and how good their program is," Cowdin said. "Their linebackers coach used to coach at Ohio State and says I remind him of A.J. Hawk so that's really good to hear.
"I might just have to narrow it down. I only have a few weeks so this week I'm really going to be thinking a lot and researching more."