Jermel Walker seriously considered waiting his recruitment out to see if other programs would get involved but after extended conversations with Oregon State's staff the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., wide receiver knew which program was the right one.
The 6-foot, 165-pound three-star prospect committed to the Beavers on Monday over offers from Houston, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah and Utah State.
He cited the coaching staff as a big reason why Oregon State won out.
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"I talked to the receivers coach (Brent Brennan) and we really established our relationship," Walker said.
"It's not just a football program there, it's a family, and that was important to me. That was one of the biggest factors. I want to go to a place where I feel like home when I'm away from home."
Walker, who shined at the IMG Madden 7on7 tournament earlier this off-season in Southern California, had been talking to Oregon State for a while, developing his relationship and figuring out it could be the right spot for him.
The Rancho Cucamonga standout had been talking with assistant coach Joe Seumalo and keeping in touch with Brennan as well. One thing that firmed up his commitment to the Beavers were conversations with coach Mike Riley.
"I talked to coach Joe and he was recruiting me through last fall and then I talked to coach Brennan and he's a great guy, just a great coach to know and then Mike Riley is just an outstanding guy to talk to," Walker said.
"We talked about what I can bring to the table and everything that's going on. All the coaches up there are great to talk to."