Aidan Chiles, second from left, gets a home visit from Oregon State coaches, including head football coach Jonathan Smith, left.

Oregon State football already secured a 10-win season and a bowl game victory this month.

Wednesday, the Beavers signed the quarterback they hope will take them into the future.

Aidan Chiles was the centerpiece of the 17-player recruiting class the program announced on the opening day of the early signing period.

“Exciting day,” coach Jonathan Smith said. “I think it’s just step of momentum for the program, finishing off a great season in a lot of ways.” 

Jonathan Smith will be entering his third season as Oregon State's football coach.

Chiles a 6-4, 195-pounder from Downy, Calif., is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, and the No. 11 quarterback recruit in the nation.

He passed for 3,350 yards, 38 touchdowns and five interceptions, and completed 73.2% (197-for-269) of his passes in 15 games this fall.

“He fits us in a lot of different ways,” Smith said. “He’s talented, he can throw it, not scared to run it … he’s a leader. I couldn’t be more excited about him.”

Smith said Chiles was instrumental in helping reel in other members of the recruiting class. Chiles is one of seven players Smith said will enroll at Oregon State in January.

The Beavers’ also signed Kelze Howard, a 6-4, 270-pound four-star defensive lineman from Las Vegas who had 14 sacks as a senior for Spring Valley High School.

Kelze Howard, a 4-star prospect, committed to Oregon State.

All together, Oregon State signed nine defensive players (three linemen, three linebackers and three defensive backs) and eight offensive players (four wide receivers, two linemen, one quarterback, one tight end) who will join a team that went 10-3 in 2022 with a 30-3 win against Florida in the Las Vegas Bowl last weekend.

The recruiting class is ranked ninth in the Pac-12 and 54th nationally by 247Sports, though Smith said the Beavers’ upward trend is leading to plenty of quality players.

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