Las Vegas (NV) Spring Valley Defensive End Kelze Howard announced a few minutes ago that he would be playing his varsity ball at Oregon State.

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Howard announced his involvement at CBSSports headquarters and chose the Beavers over the latter group, which also included Arizona, Oregon, Nebraska, USC and Utah.

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“I liked it there during my visit and felt right at home,” Howard said. “I really liked everything about this place and I have a great connection with the coaching staff.

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I liked the atmosphere, the weather, the players in the team and in general plan for me to be successful. It was a great decision and I am very pleased with my decision.”

As wild as it may seem, the state of Oregon was not even originally scheduled for Howard’s visit, and they were not among its leaders when he first shortened his list.

Howard visited Arizona early and the Cats really looked like a team to beat. He was supposed to visit Oregon, but when the Ducks asked him to make an unofficial visit before his official visit, Howard changed his mind and decided to visit the Beavers.

“It’s crazy to think about it, but God had a plan for me,” Howard said. “I have always loved the state of Oregon, so visiting Oregon was a natural fit for me. As soon as I got there, I realized that this was my place.

I’ve always kept in touch with Coach Lehi (Suiaunoa, DL Coach), he’s a great guy and a great coach. He is very easy to communicate with and I really like his coaching style.”

Main coach Jonathan Smith also had a big impact.

“He’s very down to earth and does a great job of managing the team,” Howard said. “He is one of the coolest coaches and I am happy to play for him.

“His message was to come prepared to make an immediate impact. They see me as an adventurer and don’t want me to change into a red shirt, they feel like I can step in and be ready for action right now and that excites me.”

Howard is a great pickup truck for the Beavers. He ranked the player #227 in the national 247Sports Composite and #146 in the Top247.

He is one of the best defenders in the West and a player we believe has unlimited potential. At 6-4, 250 pounds, he now has a student body with an 80-inch wingspan and is a natural athlete.

He has a multi-sport background that we really enjoy and actually plays four sports in Spring Valley. He is one of the top wrestlers in the state and also plays basketball and track and field. He’s only scratched the surface of what we think will be in his game in a few years and we think he can step in and have an impact on Corvallis.