The Oregon State Beavers became the final Pac-12 school to receive a verbal commitment for the 2013 recruiting class on Monday, as Terin Solomon (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley) made the call.
"I was ready to commit and I didn't need to look anymore," Solomon said. "I wanted to stay in the Pac-12 and I feel like you can play powerhouses in this conference."
Solomon attended the Beavers' Southern California camp over the weekend and connected with the coaching staff.
"I love all the coaches there," he said. "They keep it real. They helped me out a lot [at the camp]. The defensive backs coach was already showing me what to fix and giving me pointers."
The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Solomon said an exact position is still up in the air, but the defensive specialist would be able to stick at either safety or linebacker. He said if he can improve his hips at the next level, safety is in his future. But he would also have no problem bulking up and dropping down a level.
Solomon didn't realize he was the first recruit to verbally commit to Oregon State in this class, but he said now he'll take advantage of it.
"That means a lot," he said. "I represent this class and now I have to come in and make an impact...I'm a natural leader every time I step on the field and I'm vocal too, so I feel like I'm ready to step up and be a leader."
During his junior season, Solomon recorded 97 tackles and forced five fumbles.