June 13, 2008

OK athlete turns heads out West

Oregon State has added Oklahoma to the states in which it is searching for talent and after getting an initial look during the most recent evaluation period, the Beavers coaches were able to get a closer view of Dax Dilbeck last Friday. The hyper-athletic 6-foot-1, 171-pound athlete from Deer Creek High School in Edmond is listed as a dual-threat quarterback, but he got a chance to show off some different skills at OSU's half-day camp - enough to earn himself extra attention from head coach Mike Riley and his staff.

Corvallis was just one of many stops Dilbeck has been making in recent weeks.

"I've been to quite a few camps the past couple of weeks," Dilbeck said. "I've been to Georgia Tech, Kansas, and just went up to Oregon State and I'm heading for Vanderbilt on Friday (today). I've been working out at DB at most places, but at Georgia Tech I worked out at QB since they run the triple-option offense. At Vandy, I'll probably work out at different positions. They've been going good."

At Oregon State in particular, things went extra good.

"Oregon State is where I got my offer," Dilbeck said. "I really liked it up there. When I got there I worked out a little bit at DB and then went over to the wide receiver side. After drills I toured the facilities, I went up to Coach (Mike) Riley's office and talked to him. He was saying that he liked my explosion off the ball and my hands and I liked how he laid everything out and was straight forward with what he said."

The offer from the Beavers was Dilbeck's second - his lone offer previously was from Army. He got a good look around while he was on campus and enjoyed what he saw.

"It's definitely very impressive there," Dilbeck said. "It's a very pretty campus and the facilities that they have and have planned are very nice. What I liked the most was the coaches. I met most of them and all of them seem pretty tight with one another."

As impressed as Dilbeck was, he wasn't tempted to commit. While he likes the Beavers he would like to continue the recruiting process as he attends more camps and combines with the hopes of garnering even more options.

"I'm just seeing how the summer plays out, but Oregon State definitely fits me well," Dilbeck said. "I'm just looking for a place where I'm comfortable and where I can get better in the classroom, on the field, and as a person."

Listed in the Rivals.com database as a dual-threat quarterback, Dilbeck is completely open to changing positions and notes that where he's being recruited doesn't make much of a difference in his recruitment. He's also open to the possibility of going far away from home, something he notes he discussed at length with Coach Riley.

Dilbeck's recruitment is bound to increase as he makes the rounds on the camp and combine circuit, so be sure to stay tuned to BeaverBlitz.com to see if Oregon State can remain on his short list of schools.

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