By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Brosius details college decision

David Brosius explored all his options but discovered that the right college choice for him was in the picture all along.

The rising senior pitcher/outfielder for the McMinnville High School baseball team took two visits to the University of Washington. He fielded calls from other schools, listed as their coaches made pitches to him.

At the same time, Brosius had his eye on Oregon State University and its strong baseball program.

“Ever since I started my search, it’s always been OSU,” Brosius said. “Ever since (their championship seasons in 2006 and 2007), I’ve always gone to games. I’ve always wanted to play for them. It’s been my childhood dream.”

Brosius had a standing offer with the Beavers to become a preferred walk-on when he arrives on campus in the fall of 2015, which he accepted by publicly stating his commitment on Aug. 2.

“I wasn’t even planning on committing this early, but OSU called out of nowhere and offered this,” Brosius said.

The specific offer allows the school to give him money for food, perhaps an outlay from a recent NCAA decision that allows student-athletes unlimited access to meals. (Oregon State coaches are prohibited by the NCAA from comment on specific recruits and their situations.)

“It’s a new deal they have,” Brosius explained. “I’m pretty much on scholarship, but not technically.”

Brosius, a Class 6A Pacific Conference first-team selection and a News-Register All-Valley teamer in 2013, will pitch for the Beavers. He struck out 50 batters in 39 1/3 innings pitched in 2013, compiling a 6-1 record in nine appearances. In the batter’s box, he hit .277 with an on-base percentage of .326.

OSU associate head coach Pat Bailey was Brosius’ primary recruiter. He developed a relationship with Beavers pitching coach Nate Yeskie on an unofficial visit to Corvallis in June.

“I really like his philosophy and his coaching,” Brosius said.

Brosius is the son of Linfield College baseball coach Scott Brosius, who played 11 seasons of Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees. Scott has a longstanding relationship with the Beavers’ coaches, according to David, and he had gotten to know the program more through his father.

“He’s really excited for me to be there,” David said.

Brosius spent his summer playing for Hyder Family Dental, McMinnville’s Oregon Independent Baseball Association team. He was also selected to play in the 2014 Mariners Cup, a three-day baseball tournament featuring high school athletes from across the Pacific Northwest, later this month.

Beyond taking the SAT “one more time,” Brosius wants to complete his Mac High career in good academic standing before matriculating to OSU.

“It all fell into place and it fell in fast,” he said. “I’m not worrying about anything else. I’m going to every (McMinnville) sports event possible. I just want to take in my senior year and enjoy it.”

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