Oregon State has consistently turned out NFL talent the past few years, which is a pretty amazing feat considering the Beavers never finish in the top 20 in recruiting rankings, and the fact that their home state does not produce significant D-1 talent. With that in mind, the Oregon State coaching staff has continually raided California for talent, and this year is no different.
The Beavers had already gained commitments from 8 Californians, and today they were able to gain another. Lavonte Barnett is a 6″2, 215-pound athlete from Lancaster, California. He had accumulated offers from California, Fresno State, San Jose State, Colorado State, and Washington State among others, and eventually set a final two of California and Oregon State.
In the end, the talented athlete, who will also pursue an engineering degree in college, decided on Oregon State. Barnett fell in love with the Oregon State campus and surrounding area, and was able to speak with an academic advisor about enrolling in the engineering program when he reached college.
At 6″2, and around 215-220 pounds, Barnett is a very interesting prospect. He played both wide receiver and defensive end for his high school, and could play either receiver, h-back, or linebacker at the next level. As a defensive end Barnett displays great quickness and burst off the snap. He’s strong enough to out-muscle blocks at the high school level, but will need to learn to shed blocks better at the college level.
Barnett is the Beavers 21st commitment in the 2011 class.