A lot has changed around the Oregon State Beavers football program since 247Sports three-star prospect Riley Sharp signed in the class of 2016.
But as his two-year LDS mission wound down to a close, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound outside linebacker reconnected with Oregon State and saw no reason to change his decision from two years prior.
“I am definitely committed to Oregon State,” he said. “I cannot wait. I’m going on another official visit – since I’m still technically a recruit – (Wednesday), and I will officially be moving there in September.”
Sharp, originally out of Skyline High School (Salt Lake City, Utah), will take an official visit this week and is anxious to re-connect with a program that looks different from the last time he stepped on campus.
“It’s very crucial,” he said. “I was able to Facetime with coach (Jonathan) Smith and a few other coaches while I was on my mission, and that was helpful to just get some face time with them. I remember the feeling I had when I was up there as an 18-year-old and I felt very, very good about my decision to go up there. So, this week I’m looking for the same thing and I’m pretty confident I’ll get that.”
Sharp said he will sign with Oregon State during this week’s trip and will move to Corvallis in September.
“There’s nothing that would change that at this point,” he said.
Sharp quickly re-committed to Oregon State upon his return, but did hold an offer from BYU.
During his two-year religious experience, Sharp was unable to spend much time training and will likely need a redshirt season to get back into football shape.
“Football was very much on hold,” he said. “We are allowed like 30 minutes in the morning to workout. On my mission, we weren’t given access to a gym. We’d wake up at 6:30 in the morning and workout. I’d try to run or do some push-ups, but it’s very much about the people that you serve. I missed it a lot, but I tried not to think about it.”
Sharp originally committed to Oregon State in the class of 2016, choosing the Beavers over offers from Air Force, Nevada, UNLV and others.