The Gary Andersen effect is still a factor when it comes to recruiting in Utah.
The former University of Utah football player, who had coaching jobs with the Utes, SUU and Utah State before leaving for Wisconsin and most recently Oregon State, has recruited the Beehive State heavily since he took over in Wisconsin in 2013.
On Sunday, he got another commitment from an in-state player, as Hunter High defensive end Lorenzo Fauatea announced his pledge to the Beavers via Twitter.
Reached by phone Sunday night, Fauatea said, "I just like Oregon State, the coaches, Gary Andersen, just the program. They've been showing love since the beginning. That's mostly why I committed."
In addition to Oregon State, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Fauatea held scholarship offers from all three in-state FBS schools, among others.
The Beavers have five players from Utah on their 2016 roster. Additionally, former Skyline tight end Hunter Sharp signed with the program in February before leaving on an LDS mission.
"I want to go out of state, experience it out of state, just to play with Oregon State and everything they have as a program," Fauatea said.
Fauatea said he is planning on leaving on a mission himself after he finishes high school next spring.
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.