July 27, 2012

OSU tracking NorCal linebacker

Beau Hershberger has several offers from FBS schools but he appears to be waiting for a few major offers. Oregon State is one of the major conference schools tracking the Granite Bay (Calif.) linebacker. Are the Beavers close to offering?

The answer: It's too early to tell.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect was a defensive end at Granite Bay up until now. His coaches are moving him back to linebacker this year. Usually that kind of transition doesn't have to be made in high school, but rather from high school to college. The switch should help Hershberger at the next level, as he will have a little experience at linebacker, but it does mean that schools like Oregon State will have to wait and evaluate him based on just a little bit of information they get in his first few games.

Hershberger camped at Oregon State earlier this summer and he spoke with BeaverBlitz.com about that this week.

"When I worked out for them I was at the defensive end position," Hershberger said. "I did a little linebacker there. Coach (Jay) Locey and Coach Joe (Seumalo), the defensive line coach, both said they loved me.

"They're going to want to see game film of my first couple of games against Westlake and Oaks Christian, but they really like me."

What did Hershberger think of what he saw in Corvallis?

"It was surprisingly nicer than I thought it would be," he said. "The stadium is under construction now but it was nice to be able to go in and check it out. It's a big, nice facility. I really liked what they had to offer."

Though he didn't have a very long time at the school Hershberger was able to talk to the Beavers' head man Mike Riley.

"I got a chance to meet him and I thought he seemed like a really good guy," he said. "It really seemed like he cares about his players. From a football standpoint he was good, too."

So what will Hershberger be basing his decision on?

"I'd say a couple of things," he responded. "A good relationship with the coaches, of course. The degree and whether the education is highly respected. Then the surrounding environment. I'm pretty into trees and all of that so something like northern Colorado with a lot of hiking."

Northern Colorado, Sacramento State and UC-Davis are the three schools that have offered Hershberger. Yale's coaches have also told him he would have a spot on their football team.

Hershberger is a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com.


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