OSU football: Three players join team

OSU football: Three players join team

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With the start of winter term classes, the Oregon State football program welcomed three new student-athletes to the fold with the arrival of defensive back Xavier Crawford, linebacker Ricky Liuchan and kicker Zach Standish, head coach Gary Andersen announced on Wednesday.

Crawford, a 6-foot-0, 175-pounder played his senior season at the newly opened Clayton Valley High School in Concord, Calif. He helped the Eagles to a 9-1 record and a share of the Diablo League championship as a senior in 2013.

In addition to playing on the defensive side, Crawford also played running back. He was a two-sport athlete also capturing 2014 league titles in track and field in the 100 and 200-meter sprints.

Crawford, who attended Pittsburg High School in California until his senior year, originally signed a financial aid agreement with Oregon State in September.

Liuchan (pronounced Loo-CHEN), who signed a letter of intent with OSU last February, arrives in Corvallis following a career at Mission Hills High School in Escondido, Calif.

Liuchan was rated the No. 43 outside linebacker in the country and No. 53 prospect in the state of California according to Rivals following his 2013 senior season. The 6-1, 215-pound linebacker helped lead Mission Hills to its first ever CIF Southern Section title in 2013 rushing for 112 yards and recording a 35-yard interception return in the title game. He also helped the Grizzlies to the Division I Avocado Conference title in 2012.

He was named as an All-San Diego Section first team selection as a junior and senior and was a PrepStar All-West Region selection as a senior. In 2012, he was one of only two juniors to earn CIF Southern Section first team honors on defense.

Standish, a 5-10, 170-pound kicker from Gresham’s Sam Barlow High joins a specialists group seeking to replace several long-time starters. Rated as the country’s No. 28 kicker by Chris Sailer Kicking following his 2013 senior year, Standish hit a long field goal of 50 yards.

All three arrive with five years to play four seasons.

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