It’s two days before letter-of-intent day, so it’s time to look at where the Oregon State football team sits with its recruiting.
The Beavers have 14 known verbal commitments and four greyshirts with 12 seniors departing and four off the team or not on scholarship for various reasons.
There could be a fifth greyshirt, but WR Reggie Dunn has fallen into the Simi Kuli category of will he make it academically or not? Chances are not, but we’ll find out soon.
Reports say K Trevor Romaine and DB Will Storey are going to greyshirt so the Beavers would be set with the numbers.
However, if a big name decides to come to OSU on signing day they’ll make room with another greyshirt. Plus there’s the chance some these guys don’t make it academically, too.
So here’s the breakdown of commitments.
Name, Pos, Ht/Wt, Rivals.com stars
- Michael Bibbee, LB, 6-3/225, ***
- Scott Crichton, DE, 6-5/224, ***
- Dominic Glover, DE, 6-4/275, ***
- Happy Iona, DT, 6-3/283, ****
- Sean Manion, QB, 6-5/205, ****
- Malcolm Marable, RB, 5-8/170, ***
- Thomas Molesi, DT, 6-2/280, ****
- Ryan Murphy, DB, 6-2/190, ***
- Tyler Perry, TE, 6-5/240, ***
- Trevor Romaine, K,6-0/185, ***
- Roman Sapolu, OL, 6-2/250, ***
- Will Storey, DB, 6-2/212, **
- Fred Thompson, DT, 6-4/290, ***
- Donell Welch, LB, 6-2/205, ***
The Beavers went out of their way to rebuild the defensive line. They did that with three DTs and two DEs. The key is Glover, a JC transfer, because he’s physically more mature and can contribute sooner.
The Beavers have gone away from JC recruits, preferring to develop athletes over five years. DL is the one area they make exceptions for. Schemes are simple and sometimes they need a quick reload, such as now.
All the other recruits replenish the depth everywhere else. So there’s no reason to see any of these guys on a regular basis, except for Glover, for at least two years. And Romaine, who should be the kicker in 2011.
So what is the opinion on the class? Rivals.com ranked OSU’s class No. 47 in the country. The average star rating for the players is 3.14 stars. The Beavers are in their regular spot in the Pac-10 of ninth place.
No. 11 USC, No. 13 UCLA, No. 14 Oregon, No. 19 Stanford, No. 23 California, No. 32 Washington No. 35 Arizona State and No. 39 Arizona are ranked ahead. Only No. 85 Washington State is behind them.