Linebacker from Bend commits to the Beavers

2011-08-31T23:15:00Z Linebacker from Bend commits to the BeaversBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

Linebacker Joel Skotte from Mountain View High in Bend has verbally committed to the Oregon State football team, according to

A 6-foot-2, 225-pounder with 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Skotte can bench press 300 pounds and squat 450.

Skotte turned down offers from Boise State, Air Force, San Diego State and Idaho.

He is a three-star athlete who is ranked the No. 4 prospect in the state, and 28th inside linebacker in the nation.

Skotte is the 11th known member of the 2012 recruiting class, and the second defensive player. He's also the third Oregonian.

The Beavers already have commitments from the No. 1 prospect in Oregon, offensive lineman Issac Seumalo from Corvallis High, and No. 7 prospect, receiver Maximo Espisita from South Salem.

Rodgers trying to play

Senior wide receiver James Rodgers is getting closer to being cleared to play, coach Mike Riley said after Wednesday's practice.

"James and I met today," Riley said. "We talked about possibilities. We'll have next week to decide more. He's upbeat right now, and that's encouraging."

Is UCLA on Sept. 24 possible?

"It's a possibility," Riley said. "I need to find out more information before I say."

Frahm coming back

Defensive tackle Kevin Frahm (knee) was running on the sidelines at the end of practice. He's still on schedule to be back for the Sept. 24 game. He'll start practicing Tuesday, Riley said.

"He has been bugging me about playing, but he won't this week," Riley said.

Linebacker depth

Backup outside linebacker Rueben Robinson (back) returned to practice and is probable for Saturday's game.

If he can't go and starter Cameron Collins (abdominal) doesn't feel good, Shiloah Te'o and Shaydon Akuna are scheduled to play.

No Glover update

A decision on defensive tackle Dominic Glover (academics) is expected to be made by game time, Riley said.

If he can't play, Andrew Seumalo (Santiam Christian) will start and John Braun (West Albany) and Ben Motter (Philomath) will rotate in.

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