Posted by Bryan Fischer
Oregon State usually grabs most of their commitments later in the recruiting process in order to evaluate them using senior game film but that doesn't mean they don't get a few early in the process if they like what they've seen in a player's junior year. The Beavers liked what they saw in Marysville (Wash.) tight end Dustin Stanton and the talented pass catcher liked the school enough to opt for a commitment Wednesday afternoon.
"Because it is the right fit. Period. Best school, best town, best team, and best coaches," Stanton told Rivals. "The Spring Game last weekend really sealed it. I love it there and as an H-Back, I think I can really contribute. There was no way I would have been happy anywhere else."
The 6-foot-6, 210 pound athlete also held an offer from Air Force and was likely on the verge of several more as schools stopped by Lakewood High during the evaluation period currently going on. Several other Pac-12 schools were among those that were showing Stanton some interest.
"I kept thinking that even if any of these other schools offered I still would want to be at OSU," he said. "So that is why I just did it. And I am happy to be off the board so to speak."
Stanton is the second commitment for the Beavers in the class of 2012, giving them one more than in-state rival Oregon.