The Feb. 2 signing day is close. Here’s the latest on the numbers on the Oregon State football team’s recruiting class. I’ve done this before, but a new NCAA rule must be calculated in for those who love to count.
The new rule is that greyshirts are counted in the year they sign, not the current year. What does that mean?
According to NCAA rules teams can sign the maximum of 28 players each year. In OSU’s current case, it could sign 28 players and the five greyshirts on campus count in last year’s class.
So with five greyshirts and the potential 28 athletes, the Beavers could have 33 newcomers this summer/fall.
In reality, the Beavers are at 22 newcomers at this point plus five greyshirts. So they can take up to six more commitments.
That won’t happen because of the rule that there can only be 85 scholarships used each year.
So, here are the numbers. OSU lost 18 seniors last year, and has six other scholarships to give because of two retirements, two transfers, one open scholarship not used last year and Jacquizz Rodgers left for the NFL.
That brings OSU’s openings to 24. That means it’s over the scholarship limit by three at the moment. DE Noa Alusei from Portland’s Jefferson High already said he’s going on a Mormon mission and will be a greyshirt. So that means OSU is really over by two.
The numbers will work out with normal attrition of the current group of players or recruits not being eligible. If none of that happens, the Beavers will greyshirt some of this year’s recruits.
Coach Mike Riley said before the Alusei commitment he would take about four more. So, if there are any offers out who commit, the Beavers will take them.
Readers have asked if there’s news on recruiting because it seems slow. Any good athletes out there will probably wait until signing day to do the media splash in their hometowns. Historically there might be a flurry of lower-ranked guys commit before signing day.
I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but the Beavers have solid reputation and get recruits who comit early. Most of the class was committed by the end of the season.