For reasons that don’t matter to this article, the biggest college football team in Pennsylvania plays in a facility known as Beaver Stadium. Yet, when it comes to the top 2019 prospect from that state, it’s a different Beaver that’s taken center stage.
In a huge get for first-year coach Jonathan Smith, Oregon State has picked up a commitment from 4-star defensive end Omar Speights from Philadelphia.
— 7 (@omarspeights) June 10, 2018
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Speights is considered the No. 1 player from Pennsylvania by the 247Sports composite, which ranks him No. 383 overall and 24th among strongside defensive ends. The Beavers beat out 11 other schools for Speights, including in-state suitors Penn State, Pittsburgh and Temple, as well as Baylor, Minnesota and Tennessee.
Speights, the younger brother of incoming junior college transfer Jeromy Reichner, committed after visiting Oregon State over the weekend and is the program’s highest-rated player since 5-star offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo signed in 2012. He was one of four players to pledge to the Beavers on Sunday; the others being junior college wide receiver Trevon Clark as well as 3-star linebackers Michael Erhart and Ryan Franke.
That gives OSU seven commitments for 2019 in a class that ranks No. 62 nationally.