Richard Mullaney was most comfortable with Oregon State so Monday when he and coach Mike Riley talked the Thousand Oaks, Calif., wide receiver decided it was time to commit.
Mullaney, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound three-star prospect, had narrowed his choices to Oregon State and Washington and simply felt it was the right time to make a commitment after discussing it with his parents and those close to him.
"I talked to coach Riley today and talking to him and knowing everything about the school and everything he said I just felt really comfortable with the decision," Mullaney said.
"(Riley) is straightforward with you, he's always going to tell the truth to you and I love the family atmosphere that Oregon State brings."
Rated as the No. 94 prospect in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, Mullaney finished with 80 receptions for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season. He also had eight interceptions on defense.
Oregon State and Washington were at the top of the list for Mullaney, who also had offers from Air Force, Cal Poly, Colorado State, Hawaii, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Utah and Wyoming.
Mullaney finished with five catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns in Thousand Oaks' season opener, a 51-14 win against Oxnard (Calif.) Hueneme last weekend. Getting his decision out of the way before his senior season picks up even more is a big relief, Mullaney said.
"It's definitely very important," he said. "Now I can concentrate on my season with all the guys on my team and not have to really worry about anything."
Mullaney has already visited Corvallis once. He is still not sure when he will take his official visit.