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October 18, 2009

Beavs land star kicker

While all of the talk surrounding Oregon State recruiting this year has swirled around defensive players, the Beavers earned a commitment Tuesday evening from a surprise target. Kicker Trevor Romaine from Corona (Calif.) Centennial made his pledge to the Beavers and is excited about the opportunity that lies ahead.

Coach Read got his first opportunity to see Romaine when he attended Oregon State's summer camp. Read saw something he liked in Romaine, and Romaine saw something he liked in Oregon State.

"I visited Oregon State over the summer and attended a camp," Romaine said. "I was able to walk around campus and look around and it was just a great place to be. Coach Read is a great coach too. We had fun when we were kicking together and he really knew what he was talking about."

In the past, Oregon State has waited to extend scholarship offers until after a kicker has been proven as a walk-on. Even with the lack of exposure, Romaine is one of the top kickers in Southern California, and the Beavers felt he's a player they could not pass up.

"Coach Read called me on Tuesday night and offered me the scholarship," he said. "I accepted the offer on the spot."

While he handles kicking and punting duties for Centennial, kick-offs and field goals are his strong suit. That's what he will focus on in college. Already this season he has kicked all 11 kick-offs as touchbacks and has set the Inland Empire record for field goals and PAT's.

Romaine also has a close bond with former Beaver Alexis Serna. The two met at a kicking camp and have become good friends.

"Alexis and I met at the Hugo Castellano's kicking camp in Fontana and we get together to practice whenever we can," Romaine said. "He has told me that Oregon State is a great place to be and he is really excited for me."

Romaine was receiving interest from Nevada, San Jose State, UTEP, and Navy, but has cancelled upcoming visits to Nevada and San Jose as he is solid with the Beavers. He will be in Corvallis on Halloween to take in the UCLA game as an unofficial visit and will set up his official visit at that time for December or January.

Romaine stated that the coaches have discussed the possibility of him greyshirting and entering the program in January 2011, but a decision hasn't been made.

"I'm just really excited," Romaine said. "Tuesday was an exciting night and my family is also very excited that I'll remain on the West Coast."

BeaverBlitz.com congratulates Trevor and will continue to follow his season and will catch up with him after his visit at the end of the month.

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