Corvallis - Oregon State head football coach Mike Riley announced Friday the addition of true freshman offensive lineman David Keller to the roster. Keller, originally recruited by the Beavers, is a transfer from Fresno State University where he signed a national letter of intent in February. He has signed a financial aid agreement to attend OSU; classes begin on the Corvallis campus Sept. 24.
"We are excited that David has made the decision to join our program," Riley said. "David is a very talented player and he will immediately help our team improve, even though he will be a practice player for this season."
Keller is ineligible to play this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he can practice with the team immediately and is expected to arrive on campus next week. He has three years of eligibility remaining, to be completed in four years, starting with the 2013 season as a sophomore.
The 6-4, 285-pound Keller attended San Joaquin High School in Fresno. Rivals.com rated him the 82nd best prospect in the state of California and the 54th best offensive guard in the nation at the conclusion of the 2011 season. He was named to the 2011 Fresno Bee All-Area team as a senior, a two-time All-Valley league selection and twice was named the team's offensive lineman of the year.
Oregon State opens the season this Saturday at home against the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers at 1:05 p.m. Tickets remain and may be purchased by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS by 5 p.m. Friday or at the Reser Stadium ticket office (under the Dam Cam) starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.