CLOVIS, Calif. - When Devian Shelton met with Oregon State coach Mike Riley and assistant coach Keith Heyward during his visits the four-star cornerback from Inglewood, Calif., knew it was the right fit.
So after considering all his options, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect committed to the Beavers Saturday night at the inaugural Cal State Game.
"What really stood out to me was my close relationship with coach Heyward and coach Riley," Shelton said.
"(Riley) is the coolest dude you can be around. He's truthful. He tells you the truth. He tells you how it is. Everything is true with him. I don't feel like he's lying when he tells me something.
"Coach Heyward is just a cool dude. You can be his best friend on the field and off the field and he tells you the truth, too."
Shelton, a former Arizona commit, took his first official visit to Oregon State in mid-November and enjoyed it so much he returned for another trip and felt the same way about the place.
That's when the Beavers really started to become a serious option and after looking at all the other schools recruiting him he decided it was the right time to pick Oregon State.
"My first official visit was to Oregon State and I took another one just to see if it was like the first visit," Shelton said. "That trip was the best trip I had. I felt welcome there.
"It's a small town, everything revolves around football when I was out there and everybody knew who everybody was and I liked that a lot. It was a cool atmosphere and I wanted to play in that."
Even though Shelton is committed to Oregon State, the four-star said he's planning trips to Nebraska and Washington State in January. His commitment to the Beavers is firm but he wants to check out those two schools before National Signing Day.
Rivals.com rates Shelton as the No. 24 cornerback in the 2012 class and the No. 35 prospect in the California state rankings.