Beavers grab a playmaker in Bolden

It wasn't that long ago that James Rodgers was creating mismatches and causing headaches for Oregon State opponents, and it might not be long before another player steps into that role for the Beavers. On Friday, head coach Mike Riley received a commitment from wide receiver Victor Bolden (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos), and the 5-foot-9, 160-pound athlete has a clear goal for what he wants to accomplish in Corvallis.

"They see me playing slot receiver as a James Rodgers-type player," Bolden said. "I remember watching him and his brother and they were good role models of mine. They said small players can still do their thing and I feel I can contribute like they did."

Bolden said the relationship with Oregon State began when the Beavers coaches visited him this past spring, then stepped up another level with Bolden attended an Oregon State camp held at Fullerton (Calif.) College several weeks ago. He earned an offer from the Beavers after his performance there, and late last week, Bolden had a chance to sit down with his family to discuss his options.

"We discussed the best situations from the offers that I have and I felt like Oregon State is the best situation for me to succeed and make an impact," Bolden said.

Bolden has yet to see the Oregon State campus, but said he will visit with his family in early August.

"At this point I just want to see the facilities and meet the coaches one more time," Bolden said. "I want to introduce myself to the players and get a sense of the atmosphere up there."

This spring, Bolden earned offers from Eastern Washington, Hawaii, Oregon State and Utah, and has been a standout at several camps and passing tournaments. He will use all five of his official visits this fall, but said he is "very solid" to Oregon State at this point.

Oregon State now has two verbal commitments in the 2013 recruiting class.