What might have been for the Oregon State football team will be on display Saturday at Utah.

The Beavers will finally see wide receiver Reggie Dunn on the field, but playing for the Utes against them.

Dunn, considered a four-star athlete out of Verbum Dei High in Los Angeles in 2007, signed with the Beavers. He couldn't qualify academically at the time and went to Compton College for extra school work.

"I wanted to play for Oregon State bad, but it didn't work out," Dunn said. "I'm glad how it turned out. I love Utah. It reminds me of Corvallis. It's a fun, friendly place."

When Dunn didn't qualify, the plan was to greyshirt so he could pass needed classes and join the Beavers in the spring of 2008.

He needed more time than one term so he decided to play for Compton during the 2008 fall season and finish.

Dunn signed again with the Beavers, but needed to complete an associate of arts degree before enrolling. He tried to reach that goal in time for spring practice in 2009, but couldn't.

When he wasn't through in the summer, OSU coach Mike Riley pulled the scholarship.

"He is very special, there's no doubt about it," Riley said. "I'm not looking forward to playing Reggie, but I'm glad he got there."

Dunn redshirted the 2009 season while he finished school at Compton, then called Utah. The Utes were interested in him out of high school.

He joined the Utes last season and played his sophomore season. Dunn caught four passes for 70 yards and returned 12 kicks for a 29.6-yard average and a touchdown.

"It was a long process to get on the field for a Division I team," Dunn said. "It was real difficult to get here, but that was my goal. And I wanted to play for a Pac-12 team."

Dunn has 10 catches for 138 yards, seven carries for 91 yards and is averaging 25.4 yards on 17 kickoff returns this season.

Now he's ready to show the Beavers first-hand what they missed for not waiting for him.

"Last year I tried not to think about that we were joining the Pac-10, but I've been looking forward to this game for two years," Dunn said. "I'm still the same player they knew. I'm just here to help my team win."

Recruiting news

Caleb Saulo, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker out of Kentlake High in Kent, Wash., has verbally committed to the Beavers, according to Rivals.com.

He had offers from Portland State and Army. WashingtonPreps.com ranks him the No. 1 linebacker in the state. He also plays quarterback.

Saulo is the 13th verbal in the Beavers' 2012 class and second this week. Saulo is only the fourth defensive player in the group.

The others are defensive backs Chris Miller from Pomona, Calif., and Cleveland Wallace from San Jose, Calif., and linebacker Joel Skotte from Bend's Mountain View High.

Injury update

Center Grant Johnson (ankle) practiced some Thursday for the first time this week and will be on the trip to Utah. He's expected to be ready to play Saturday, Riley said. If he can't, Geoff Garner will take his place.

Right tackle Colin Kelly (sick) didn't practice, but is expected to be healthy for the game. Derek Nielsen took his place and would play if Kelly can't.

Middle linebacker Kevin Unga (calf) will not be on the trip, Riley said. Tony Wilson will start for the second straight game.

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