Oregon State lands SoCal DB

DB Brandon Arnold

Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive back Brandon Arnold almost went public with his decision on Friday but decided he just wasn't ready. On Monday, the safety decided the time was right and he went and committed to Oregon State.

Brandon Arnold took an official visit to Oregon State two weeks ago and said he nearly committed while in Corvallis. On Friday, word leaked that the athlete may be close to pulling the trigger.

"I'm almost there," Arnold said on Friday. "I'm just not 100% sure just yet but I'm close. I'm definitely leaning to Oregon State but want to wait through the weekend and go from there."

On Sunday, Arnold decided on the Beavers and made the call to the Beaver coaching staff after school earlier today.

"I just really felt a great vibe about Oregon State," Arnold said. "I loved everything about the place and especially my relationship with the coaches. Mike Riley is a great guy, I really like Rod Perry the DB coach and I like the style of defense they play.

"I wasn't promised early playing time or anything, only an opportunity to compete and that's all I'm looking for. Corvallis is a cool college town and I just felt really comfortable there. It felt like a big family and that's what I was looking for. I wanted a family environment and that's what Oregon State is all about."

Arnold had been leaning to California and Michigan State most of the year but the Beavers made a strong late run to seal the deal.

"I called up Coach Banker to let him know and he was real excited, the whole staff was," Arnold said. "Like I said, it's just the best overall fit for me. I was planning on doing the rest of my trips but I'm shutting it down and won't be taking any more. I'm 100% solid with the Beavers now."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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