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Vanderveen makes pledge after visits

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Brent Vanderveen recently returned from unofficial visits to Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Oregon State and after considering all his options the Arroyo Grande, Calif., pro-style quarterback decided the Beavers were the best.
He decided to commit on Tuesday and said the coaching staff played a major role in his decision-making process.
"I just really liked the coaching staff," Vanderveen said. "I got a good vibe when I was there. First thing I did was talk to coach (Mike) Riley when I got there.
"I got treated really nicely there and I spent a lot of time with the coaches and watched film and saw the campus and the facilities. I camped there too and threw for coach (Danny) Langsdorf and that was good. I felt like it was home and it felt like a good fit for me."
Rated as the ninth-best dual-threat quarterback in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, Vanderveen had offers from the three aforementioned schools along with one from Arkansas State.
He threw for 1,402 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions and rushed for 578 yards and eight scores in his junior season.
Oklahoma State was considered the slight frontrunner heading into his recent spate of unofficial visits but after seeing all three schools Vanderveen felt the best situation was in Corvallis.
"I feel that the coaching staff is not just there to coach and get the money," Vanderveen said. "They're there to make you a better person along with a better football player. That's how I feel about them and they really care about you.
"Oregon State was the best. When I was making my decision talking about all three schools distance wasn't a factor."
USC, UCLA, Northwestern, Cal, Washington and San Jose State were also showing interest in Vanderveen, who said he's still undecided on whether he'll take other visits during his senior season.
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