After dipping into California for their first four commitments of the 2013 recruiting class, Oregon State coaches went North on Saturday, and earned a verbal commitment from tight end David Ajamu (Shelton, Wash./Shelton).
Ajamu weighed the pros and cons of his final two schools -- Oregon State and Nevada -- and concluded that the Beavers were his best fit.
“Mostly because they have everything that suits me,” Ajamu said. “It fits what I need to grow and have a nice life.”
Location played a role as well. The 6-foot-5, 231-pound tight end has family in Washington and California, so a central place, where he could get away for school as well as remain a short trip to either state, was a selling point. He also couldn’t say no to the Oregon State offense.
“They run three tight ends and they throw to them a lot,” said Ajamu, who caught 25 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns last year. “While I was watching practice, they threw to the tight ends a bunch. And the system gives me a chance to play early. I can get in there and mix it up a little bit, but still learn from the older guys.”
But the biggest selling point was the Oregon State staff.
“Right when I got there, they were like family,” he said. “It was like they’d known me since I was a little kid. I don’t even know how to explain it, but they are really family-oriented.”
Ajamu begins fall camp next week and said he will likely call the Oregon State staff to set up an official visit sometime this fall. He added that he doesn’t see himself taking more than one official visit, as he is confident he will sign with the Beavers.
After his decision, Ajamu finally had a moment to take a deep breath.
“The recruiting process is really stressful,” he said. “This is a weight off my shoulders, knowing where I’m going to end up and having a plan for after high school. Now I can focus on school and get my grades as high as possible.”
Ajamu is commitment No. 5 for Oregon State and the class is already strong at the offensive skill positions. He joins wide receivers Jordan Villamin (Etiwanda, Calif./Etiwanda), Jermel Walker (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and Victor Bolden (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos).