Wide receiver Victor Bolden (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos) didn't need to see the Oregon State campus in order to make a verbal commitment to the Beavers' coaching staff back in July. But now that he has been there twice -- on an unofficial visit in August and an official visit this past weekend -- Bolden has no doubts he made the right decision.
"Everything went well," he said. "I had a good time up here -- got to meet the coaches for a second time and build camaraderie with my future teammates. It was a good trip."
Bolden said his trip in August gave him an opportunity to see the campus, but he really wanted to experience the game day atmosphere, which he was able to do with rival Oregon in town.
"It beat all my expectations, because I got to see how devoted the fans are," Bolden said. "I'm excited to be a part of the future. I'm definitely locked in here, because I feel like it's a good program for me and my family. The family atmosphere locked us all in."
Bolden wasn't the only Southern California wide receiver on the visit. He was joined by fellow commit Jordan Villamin (Etiwanda, Calif./Etiwanda) and uncommitted four-star receiver John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan). Bolden said he and Villamin did everything they could to recruit Ross during the trip.
"Me and Jordan were definitely working on Mr. Ross," Bolden said. "I think he loved the family atmosphere up here too and has a lot of interest. Hopefully he likes it and makes that choice with us."
Bolden was hosted by wide receiver Malik Gilmore, another Southern California wide receiver product, and also had an opportunity to speak with Oregon State standouts receivers Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton.
"I definitely felt like part of the family," Bolden said.
This will be the first and only official visit for Bolden, who also holds offers from Eastern Washington, Hawaii and Utah.