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New Boston’s Damien Haskins Commits to Oregon State

New Boston running back Damien Haskins.

New Boston running back Damien Haskins has committed to Oregon State following an official visit to the Pac-12 school over the weekend.

Haskins spent the past weekend at the Corvallis, Ore., campus. The Beavers are 6-0 and ranked No. 7 in the latest BCS rankings and offered Haskins during his visit.

“I liked it a lot,” Haskins said. “The environment was really good and everybody was easy to get along with.”

Haskins, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound tailback who has posted staggering numbers during New Boston’s 7-0 start, was commited to Memphis before switching his commitment to Oregon State around 11 p.m. Monday. Haskins confirmed his commitment switch with ETSN.fm via text at 11:25 p.m.

With Oregon State offering him, Haskins could see his offer list grow, although he said he’s more concerned about finding the right college destination, rather than piling up offers.

“I just want to find the right school that I can fit in and do well. I’m pretty interested in Oregon State right now,” Haskins said. “If you’re around good people and good teammates, that reflects on the way you play.”

Oregon State, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, and Arkansas State have offered Haskins. He added that UTSA has shown a lot of interest, but he’s not sure about an offer. Haskins also said Penn State called New Boston coach Rick Barker about him this past Thursday.

Haskins leads East Texas with 1,825 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns, averaging more than 13 yards per carry and 260.7 rushing yards per game. The undefeated Lions are ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press Class 2A poll entering Friday’s District 8-2A Division I matchup against Hooks.

“The season’s been going pretty good. We’re playing as a team,” Haskins said. “I’m trying to make big plays and I’m having fun.”

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