Connor Humphreys recently said he would prefer staying in the Pacific Northwest to play college football, he was from that area and comfortable there, but some recent developments could change that mentality.
Arkansas and Florida State have started to show interest in the 2014 four-star defensive end from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic and Humphreys said he doesn't want to shut any team out.
"They've been starting to send mail and they've told me they want to get me down for a visit," Humphreys said.
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"It's huge knowing that other teams from across the country are looking at me, such big schools and I don't even know what to think.
"I'm willing to give up location to get a good school, to get a good education and to play for a good football program. Right now as I'm getting closer to things, I'm seeing location isn't that necessary to me so it's kind of changed."
So far, Oregon State, Wyoming and Portland State have offered the 6-foot-4, 230-pound weak-side defensive end and the Beavers are diligently recruiting him. Many other Pac-12 teams are showing interest.
Humphreys, who finished with 74 tackles and six sacks in his junior season, said Oregon State is coming after him much harder than in-state rival Oregon and that he plans to take a visit to Corvallis this weekend.
There is a good chance Humphreys could also see Oregon State play in its bowl game later this off-season.
"Oregon has been kind of dying down and Oregon State has been getting up," Humphreys said.
"They want me to get up to a practice and I've had a lot of contact with them. I'm going to try to get to their practice on Saturday."