VERBAL: Future Beav eyes No. 8, early arrival

KENZEL DOE

YET ANOTHER prospect from North Carolina has verballed to the Beavs. Wide receiver Kenzel Doe says he'll be joining Oak Ridge Military teammates Jeremy Reynolds, Chris Lampkins in Corvallis in 2011. Doe says Oregon State sees him continuing the roles of 2010 senior-to-be James Rodgers and here's a bonus -- he'll be getting a head start at OSU on those efforts.

Doe (5-8, 171, 4.4) has a plan, and that's to continue the fly sweep tradition established by James Rodgers at Oregon State, as well as his lofty pass catching numbers.

"Playing with that precision, playing that role, that's exactly what they want me to do -- the coaches talked to me a whole lot about that," said Doe, who also had an offer from Wisconsin. "They want me to come in and be right behind James -- not to do exactly what James did but to try and do even better.

"I'll be taking over No. 8 when I come in. That's the number I wear in high school, happily he's leaving when I come in and I'm going to get No. 8 -- coach Riley said I'm going to get No. 8 when I come in. That just made me smile even more."

DOE SAID spoke to Mike Riley today to let him know he was ready to make his oral pledge to Oregon State.

"He was very surprised and very excited. He said he can't wait to have me on campus. And I'll be going up there in January," said Doe.

That's icing on the cake, with Doe set to graduate from high school early. By enrolling early in January, Doe can go through spring ball and be immerse himself in the Beaver program months ahead of fall camp.

"Looking at the campus and knowing James Rodgers is already there, we're the exact same height. He's a great football player at that height, maybe has a chance to go into The League. Knowing that we're the same (type of receiver), and talking to the coaches, I felt they were the perfect coaches for me," said Doe.

AS A JUNIOR at Reidsville High, Doe said he had 51 catches for 980 yards with 13 touchdowns. On the ground, he carried the ball 22 times for 272 hashes with five touchdowns.

"I was the go-to guy for my high school," said Doe.

And now he'll get the chance to be the guy who establishes Mr. Doe's Neighborhood in Corvallis.

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