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James happy with Oregon State

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Jaswha James had long discussions with multiple coaches during his official visit to Oregon State last weekend and it only reaffirmed to the Inglewood, Calif., weak-side defensive end that he made the right decision to commit in November.
"The trip was good," James said. "I love it up there. We toured the facilities and they're really nice. I really enjoyed myself. The coaches are really cool people.
"It's different from home but I can get adjusted really quickly. I already have some dudes up there that I bonded with like Lance Mitchell, I really like them, so they're helping me with the process and getting acclimated."
During his trip, James said down with coach Mike Riley, defensive coordinator Mark Banker, linebackers coach Greg Newhouse, defensive line coach Joe Seumalo and others. Those talks gave him an even better idea of what the coaching staff was looking for him and what to expect once he got to campus.
James, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound recruit, said one of the big reasons why he picked the Beavers in the first place was because they gave him an offer and an opportunity while others were still just showing interest.
Arizona State and others wanted him to visit but James was happy with how Oregon State recruited him and that played a big part in his decision to commit during his senior season.
"When I committed to Oregon State other schools were really coming around but I didn't show any interest," James said. "I had Arizona State, they verbally offered me, and wanted me to come on the trip. We have Patrick Onwuasor at our school and we were both supposed to go to Arizona State but he cancelled it and I decided not to go.
"I'm sticking with Oregon State. The reputation is good, they're always in the top 25 and I really bonded with the coaches. I wanted to get the process over with. My junior year I didn't have too good of a year so five games in I had some film my senior year and they were the first ones to take a chance on me."
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