Tanner Sanders never wavered.
Sanders, who played quarterback at Crescent Valley High, committed to Oregon State last June and stuck with his decision.
He made it official on Wednesday at home with a small group of family and friends.
Although living in Corvallis made it easy for Sanders to check out OSU, he made his official visit on Jan. 17.
“It was a great time just to see everything from an official view of what it’s going to be like,” Sanders said. “I toured the academic centers and the weight room and then got to hang out with some of the guys on the team and some of the guys in my recruiting class.
“It just reassured me that it’s the right choice and the right place to be.”
Family ties to Oregon State helped make it an easy choice.
Sanders’ father, Scott, is a former OSU linebacker and is the CV football coach. Uncle Bruce also played for the Beavers.
The news that Danny Langsdorf was headed to the New York Giants took Sanders by surprise but did not cause him to question his decision.
Langsdorf was OSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and was among those involved in recruiting Sanders.
“It was definitely a big blow to the program, not just to myself as an individual,” Sanders said. “I think everyone is hurt by it, but ultimately he had to do what he felt was best for him personally and I wish him the best of luck to whatever he goes on and does. It will be interesting to see what Oregon State does to fill that position.”
Sanders was also recruited by San Diego State, Brigham Young, UCLA, Washington and Arizona State, but he had already stopped talking to most schools when he committed to OSU.
Those schools were looking at Sanders as an athlete and his position with the Beavers is still up in the air.
Sanders is interested in sticking with quarterback, but is open to any spot. He also played defensive back and some wide receiver for the Raiders.
The Beavers have two quarterbacks committed in this class, three returning at the position, including starter Sean Mannion, and one transfer, Luke Del Rio.
“I’m going to go in and we’re just going to talk about what fits me best,” Sanders said.
“Personally, I think I’m better as an offensive player, but if they go, ‘hey, we need you at safety and you can play here quicker,’ then that’s what I’m going to jump into and put all my effort into.”
At 6-foot-5, Sanders could be a tough matchup for cornerbacks.
He was definitely tough to handle when playing receiver in high school and was able to jump over defenders for touchdown catches.
Sanders said he has spoken to OSU receivers coach Brent Brennan about the possibility of playing the position for the Beavers.
He said Brennan told him he has the makings to be a receiver in the OSU system and the potential to make an impact.
“I feel confident that I could make the jump, especially with the coaches that they have there working with me,” Sanders said. “Especially if I took a redshirt year, that’s a whole year that they could dedicate to me learning receiver. I’ve got some basic receiver skills with me, but teaching me things that it takes to be a Pac-12 receiver.”