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Oregon State lands Cali sleeper

10/26/2011

Oregon State picked up a commitment from athlete Chris Miller (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch) Tuesday night.

“This all came together really quick,” Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton said. “I just talked to Oregon State two nights ago, and they said they really like Chris a lot. They were going to meet as a staff and then decide if they should offer or not. Both Oregon State and Washington were showing a lot of interest and I knew one of them was going to offer.

“I texted Chris to see if he heard anything from either school and he told me Oregon State went ahead and offered and he jumped on it. I’m not surprised, Chris really wanted to play in the Pac 12 and was excited when Oregon State and Washington were showing heavy interest. My feeling was, whoever offered first had a chance to steal him and that’s what happened.”

Miller plays several positions for the Panthers and it remains to be seen where he’ll play for the Beavers.

“Chris is an exceptional athlete,” Layton said. “He plays running back and safety and could easily play either spot in college. When I talked to Chris, they mentioned running back but also said they like how he comes downhill at safety and can really lay the wood on people. I’m very happy for him and it’s a great pickup for the Beavs.”