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Beavers add 4 preferred walk-ons

There are a lot of ways to add talent to a modern college football roster — recruiting high school athletes, junior college athletes or mining the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Landing preferred walk-ons — players who are guaranteed a spot on the roster but are not on scholarship — is another way to potentially find hidden gems.

The Oregon State Beavers experienced a surge of activity on that front Wednesday evening, as four prospects committed to the program hoping to earn a scholarship down the road.

Inglewood (California) defensive back Fred Martin III is arguably the headliner of the group.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete earned scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic and UNLV.

But he couldn’t pass up on the combination of potential football development and academic offerings.

“I think that Oregon State is the best fit for me, in sports and academically, to help further my football and architectural career,” Martin III said. “What I like about Oregon State is that when meeting coach Blue (Adams) and the rest of the coaching staff they welcomed me with open arms to Oregon State, and after that they’ve been with me through the whole recruiting process. It’s been nothing but love coming from the coaching staff and team, and I can’t wait to be in Corvallis and be a part of the Beaver family.”

Less than two hours later, Oregon State acquired its second pledge of the night — 247Sports two-star quarterback Brady Huchingson (Lafayette, California), rated the nation's No. 157 pro-style quarterback.

Later Wednesday night, 247Sports three-star wide receiver Koby Moananu checked in from Hawaii to announce his commitment to the Beavers.

He chose the Beavers over a scholarship offer from Pacific.

Las Lomas (Walnut Creek, California) High School offensive tackle Marco Balestrieri also confirmed his intentions to commit to Oregon State.

While none of the four will start out on scholarship all four have taken the gamble to bet on themselves, outwork and outplay scholarship prospects and earn a free education and playing time on Saturdays.

— The Oregonian

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