Here’s the Oregon State football team’s signing day blog. It will be updated throughout the day, starting after 7 a.m. when recruits are allowed to send in their letters of intent.
Below is the list of known verbal commitments. As they are confirmed with OSU as signing, their bios and video highlights will appear.
Also, check my previous blog for last-minute commitment updates. OSU picked up a greyshirt PK. What does that mean for sophomore-to-be Trevor Romaine?
The Beavers have 22 known verbal commitments and one already signed for the class of 2012. Here’s a look at them. We’ll see if the all sign, if there are additions or subtractions.
Player, Pos., Ht/Wt, Hometown (School)
• Gavin Andrews, OL, 6-5, 300, Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay High)
Rivals three-star athlete. … Highly recruited by West Coast schools. … Led Granite Bay to the San Joaquin Section title in 2011. … Two-time Sierra Foothill League Lineman of the Year, Sacramento Bee All-Metro Team, and All-Sac-Joaquin Section Team. … Three-year starter … played in the 2011 Holiday All-Star Game. … Andrews said: “I love the (Oregon State) coaching staff and how they are one big family. The campus is beautiful and I just felt at home.” … From Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee: “He’s (Andrews) very strong, mobile, athletic and he has a nasty side to him. Loves to bully up foes. He has good feet and hand placement and he’s eager to learn. His biggest strength is his size, strength and upside, plus he’s very coachable, very likeable, very hungry to achieve.” … From ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming: “He plays the game at pad level, can bend his knees, shows good lateral agility to cut off edge rushers and is perfectly suited for the LT or RT positions. He has played both spots and seems comfortable at each. The word here is potential; Gavin has just scratched the surface of his potential. He’s a smart, technically sound ball player who works hard to improve his game.” … Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper: “Great athlete for his size. Great drive blocker. Moves really well. Gavin could have gone pretty much anywhere he wanted, but he really liked the atmosphere at Oregon State.” … Accomplished wrestler with several national tournament titles and all-league honors. … Granite Bay produced Beavers football standout and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Sammie Stroughter.
• Grant Bays, OL, 6-3, 290, Oceanside, Calif. ( Oceanside High)
Rivals three-star athlete rated the No. 9 center in the nation and the No. 87 overall prospect in California. … Started on the varsity team at age 15. … Also played offensive tackle and nose tackle on defense. … All-league as a junior and senior and All-CIF in 2011. … Helped Oceanside to the CIF San Diego Section title in 2010. … As a senior, Oceanside lost in the title game. … Former NFL standout Randy Cross is an uncle. … Also played baseball as a pitcher. … ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming: “He proves to be very versatile. His quickness off the ball is noticeable and he’s been blessed with quick feet, good agility, he can bend his knees, and plays the game aggressively. Very strong and athletic, he’s a power blocker that accelerates quickly out of his stance, keeps his pads low and uses his long arms to hold off defenders when in pass protection. The scouts are impressed with his quickness and overall athletic ability.”
• Chris Brown, RB, 6-0, 195, Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial High)
Rivals three-star athlete rated the No. 21 running back in the nation and the No. 49 overall prospect in California. … Tacoma News Tribune Western Hot 100 member. … Rushed for 5,017 yards in his career, 1,947 as a senior, 1,884 and 21 TDs in 10 games as a junior and 1,186 and 16 TDs as a sophomore. … Set school record with seven TDs in a 2011 game. … Runs the 40 in 4.5. … Former school record holder in the 200 meters at 23.27 and is a member of the school record 400 relay team. … San Joaquin coach Anthony Goston: “Oregon State is getting one of the top backs in the state and the country. Chris had three straight 1,000-plus yard seasons and he broke all of our rushing and touchdown records. He’s a true running back, an every down back with good size and speed.”
• Chase Eldredge, OL, 6-4, 260, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (Palos Verdes High)
Helped Palos Verdes notch an 18-5 record over the last two seasons, including two appearances in the CIF playoffs. … All-Bay League as a junior and senior. … ESPN’s Nick Ekbatani: “He is a very athletic OL/DL prospect with an impressive body. He is very lean, with large legs and long arms, which is just about what everyone likes to see in a developing lineman. Plays with great effort and is fundamentally sound in his technique. Looked good defensively as well; using a nicely executed swim move to penetrate and collapse the pocket.” … Avinash Kunnath of the SB Nation: :Eldredge has good burst off the snap and is very good at concentrating his power upward, pushing his man back and down. He;s good at keeping his body in place and ensuring defenders don;t get past him. There;s a lot to like in his technique as a run blocker and he can hopefully develop into a solid pro down the line.” … His father, Dirk Eldredge, is a special consultant for the Seattle Seahawks.
• Malik Gilmore, WR, 6-4, 200, Lakewood, Calif. ( Lakewood High)
Rivals three-star athlete and is rated the No. 53 best wide receiver and the No. 42 best prospect in California. … Made 34 receptions for 479 yards and six TDs his senior season. … 28 receptions for 463 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. … Participated in last March’s Los Angeles Under Armour Combine … Played in January’s Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix … Gilmore said: “Meeting the players was great and all of those guys are excited for next year. I was relieved talking to them and to coach Riley. I asked the players how they feel (after this season) and they all said they were looking forward to next year and they were excited for me to come. Everyone believes in the program and where we are going.” … Gilmore said: “I’m very physical and have great hands and run great routes. I can get good separation and I’m a competitor. I always try to dominate my opponent. I want to get faster. I’d like to become more explosive and break away better.” … ESPN recruiting analyst recruiting expert Tom Lemming: “If you are looking for a receiver who catches everything within reach I guess the comparison to (Steve) Largent holds water. He’s a tall, athletic WR who can change directions in the blink of an eye; he can make tacklers miss, shows good running instincts and surprising strength. He comes off the ball well and is able to close the cushion on the CB quickly.”
• Stan Hasiak, OL, 6-4, 295, Kapolei, Hawaii (Mt. San Antonio College)
Started out at UCLA in 2009 and 2010, and bounced back to JC so OSU could pick him up. … Has two years to play two seasons. … Rated a four-star athlete by Rivals.com out of Kapolei High, and rated the No. 4 OG in the country at the time. … Rated among top 50 California junior college recruits by 247Sports.
• Tyler Hasty, DB, 5-11, 180, Bellevue, Wash. ( Bellevue High)
Rivals three-star athlete. … Tacoma News-Tribune State Player of the Year. … One of 22 players on the 2012 Seattle Times “Red Chip” list (top prospects in the state). … Sports Illustrated Honorable Mention All-American. … Associated Press Washington Player of the Year. … Runs the 40 in 4.66 and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.41. … KingCo 3A/2A Defensive Player of the Year. … Led Bellevue to the 3A State title and undefeated seasonl … Also played quarterback, where as a senior he threw for 1,243 yards and 11 TDs … As a freshman and sophomore he attended O’Dea High. … Dirk Knudsen of Washingtonpreps.com: “Hasty is a legit D-I athlete with good speed and excellent overall athleticism. He is a born runner with a good enough arm and great vision, but defense is where this guy shines. He is a hitter and a ball hawk.” … Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff: “I haven’t seen a better player in the state. He’s a big-time talent.” … Former NFL standout defensive back James Hasty is his father.
• Kendall Hill, DB, 6-4, 190, La Marque, Texas . ( La Marque High)
Also played wide receiver … Helped La Marque to the 2010 state semifinals and 2011 quarterfinals. … First team all-district wide receiver and second team all-county. … ESPN: “Hill is productive as both a defensive back and wide receiver. However we feel his size and athleticism are best suited for the safety position at the major level of competition. Has a long frame which appears capable of handling additional bulk over time.” … Will be 17 years old at the time of enrollment. … Excellent student who participates in the national Academic Decathlon series that matches students from across the nation.
• Dyllon Mafi, LB, 6-3, 210, Oakland, Calif. (Laney College)
Rivals three-star athlete. … Rated one of the top outside linebackers in the nation by Rivals. … NorCal First Team All-Conference. … Received Laney’s outstanding freshman defensive player award in 2010 and was the team’s 2011 Linebacker of the Year. … 21 tackles last season against national champion San Francisco City College. … Three years to play two seasons left. … JC Bureau first-team All-American. … Played safety at Oakland High. … Runs the 40 in 4.62.
• Rommel Mageo, DE, 6-2, 230, Pago Pago, American Samoa (Samoana High)
Played on the 2011 International Federation of American Football Team vs. a team from the U.S. … Has five years of football experience. … Named defensive player of the week during the season, recording four sacks, nine solo tackles and 16 assisted. … Greatest football memory was winning the 2009 American Samoa High School Athletic Association championship.
• Chris Miller, DB, 6-2, 195, Pomona, Calif. (Diamond Ranch High)
Rivals three-star athlete and is rated the No. 54 best safety in the country. … Hacienda League and All-Valley second-team defensive back … Helped Diamond Ranch to the CIF Southern Section playoffs (second round). … Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton: “Chris is an exceptional athlete. He plays running back and safety, and could easily play either spot in college. When I talked to Chris, they mentioned running back but also said they like how he comes downhill at safety and can really lay the wood on people. I’m very happy for him and it’s a great pickup for the Beavs.” … ESPN: “Miller is a versatile athlete who can move the chains on offense as a runner or line up in the box and help defend the run on defense. Most likely will end up on the defensive side of the ball as a hybrid type safety.”
• Josh Mitchell, OL, 6-3 285, Snoqualmie, Wash. ( Mont Si High)
Rivals three-star athlete. … First team All-KingCo Conference offensive tackle and defensive tackle, and named the league’s Lineman of the Year. … 3A All-State first-team offensive lineman. … One of 22 players on the 2012 Seattle Times “Red Chip” list for top prospects in the state. … Three-year letterman and the only class in Mount Si history to advance to the state playoffs all four years … State heavyweight wrestling champion in 2011 (27-3) and as of Jan. 23 was 20-0 in 2012 with 19 pins … ESPN: “Mitchell is very productive playing both offensive and defensive tackle; flashes the playing strength necessary to dominate at his present level of play however we feel his height and athleticism are better suited for the offensive guard position at the next level of competition.”
• Cyril Noland, DB, 6-2, 200, Ruston, La. ( Ruston High)
Rivals three-star athlete and is rated the No. 29 best prospect in Louisiana. … Runs the 40 in 4.61. … 51 tackles and three INTs last season. … First-team all-district and all-state. … Defensive back MVP of the 2011 Houston Nike Football Training Camp. … His SPARQ (standardized test for athleticism) rating is No. 17 in the nation. … Helped Ruston advance to the state quarterfinals in 2011 … Keynon Codrington of ESPN ranked him a “Rising senior honorable mention” at last summer’s Texas Combine and said: “Noland has a rocked-out frame and body type to be a capable backside defender.” … Three-year varsity letterman … Also participates in track.
• Garrett Owens, PK, 5-8, 160, Arroyo Grande, Calif. (Arroyo Grande)
Accepted a greyshirt opportunity. … Had committed to Air Force. … Earned first-team All-CIF as a senior and is rated the No. 3 kicker in the nation. … The Tribune (San Luis Obispo) 2011 County Co-Player of the Year. …Helped Arroyo Grande to its fifth championship and first CIF title since 1998. … Kicked a 57-yard field goal as a senior and for his prep career had three of 50-plus yards. … Also an outstanding wide receiver and cornerback, and was named the KSBY Friday Night Highlights Player of the Week twice in 2011. … Caught a 76-yard TD pass from Brent VanderVeen in the title game. … Cal-Hi State Player of the Week in late September after making 10 receptions for 126 yards, making eight tackles, kicking eight touchbacks and was perfect on five extra point attempts. … Cal-Hi second-team All-State … Chris Sailer of the Sailer Kicking Academy said: “Garrett is the top kicker on the west coast; an incredible gifted athlete that will have great success in college. He has a big leg and hits a great ball off the ground. He has it all.” … Arroyo Grande coach Tom Goossen said: “He may not be big, but he packs a lot of punch into his body, and he’s athletically gifted, a complete football player.” … Garrett also participates in the hurdles and relay teams in track, and has played soccer and basketball. … His father, Heath, played football at Cal Poly … His mother, Laurie, was a five-time All-American hurdler at Cal Poly and his sister, Karlee, is a track athlete at Arizona State.
• Zach Robinson, WR, 6-3, 200, Tahlequah, Okla. (Sequoya High)
Rivals three-star athlete. … Four-sport athlete … During his senior season, Robinson led the Indians in pass breakups with seven while hauling in three INTs. … He had 27 tackles while starting at cornerback and as a wide receiver caught 33 passes for 571 yards and eight TDs. … All-America honors as a senior … Sequoyah coach Brent Scott: “Zack was recruited at defensive back and wide receiver. But, it’s wherever he fits into the team’s system. I’m very happy for Zack. It’s well deserved, and I think he has a lot of upside at the next level.” … Three Rivers Oklahoma second-team wide receiver. … Oklahoma 3A All-State first-team kick returner.
• Caleb Saulo, LB, 6-2, 215, Kent, Wash. (Kentlake High)
Was MVP of the Washington Prep 5-Star Camp. … Also played quarterback at Kentlake… From ESPN: “Saulo is productive on both sides of the ball as a quarterback and linebacker; at either position we see the playing strength and speed needed to make plays. Has the size and athleticism for either position at the major level of competition.” … Helped Kentlake to the 4A state playoffs after an 8-0 conference record; the school’s first conference title since 2003. … First-team All-South Puget Sound League as a senior after making 49.5 tackles … One of 22 players on the 2012 Seattle Times “Red Chip” list for top prospects in the state. … Transferred to Kentlake from Mount Rainier High prior to his senior year. … 2010 Seamount League first-team all-lonference as a quarterback and linebacker … Anticipates enrolling at OSU for spring term.
• Isaac Seumalo, OL, 6-4, 290, Corvallis ( Corvallis High)
Seumalo is a Rivals four-star athlete; rated the No. 3 offensive guard in the country, the No. 1 overall prospect in Oregon and the No. 52 overall prospect in the country. … Tacoma News Tribune Western Hot 100 member. … Chris Nee of Rivals: “Seumalo is everything you want in an offensive guard. He is a talented blocker who understands when to anchor in or when to move his feet to stay in front of the oncoming rusher. He is great with his hands in tight spaces and athletic enough to move outside and make a block in space. He performed extremely well during his time at the Under Armour game.” … Tom Lemming ranks Seumalo No. 19 in his ESPNU Top 150 recruits : “He’s college ready; he is technically sound and no one is on par with him from a production standpoint.” … No. 2 offensive lineman in the nation per SurperPrep. … 94 tackles and nine sacks as a defensive lineman as a senior … 5A first-team all-state as an offensive and defensive lineman as a junior and senior. … Offensive line MVP of the 2011 Stanford Nike Camp (MVP of 4 summer camps). … Under Armour and ESPN All-American. … Played in last month’s Under Armour All-Star game. … Son of OSU defensive line coach Joe Seumalo and his brother, Andrew, is a defensive tackle at OSU.
• Devian Shelton, DB, 6-1, 185, Inglewood, Calif. ( Inglewood High)
Southern California swooped in, in the last minute and the four-star recruit signed with the Trojans.
• Joel Skotte, LB, 6-2, 225, Bend (Mountain View High)
Rivals three-star athlete; rated the No. 30 inside linebacker in the country and No. 5 overall prospect in Oregon. … 5A Defensive Player of the Year. … Tacoma News Tribune Western Hot 100 member. … Made 89 tackles in leading Mountain View to a 12-1 overall record and the state 5A title … Jake Worthen of Scout.com: “Skotte is a physical player that can take on blockers at the point of attack. He has the speed to really attack the ball carrier once he has made a read on the play. His tackling form is near perfect, hitting low, wrapping up and driving through the offensive player. Most schools are recruiting him as a middle linebacker, but I could also see him playing outside.” … Scout lists his strengths as tackling technique and speed. … Also played running back at Mountain View. … 162 tackles as a junior. … Skotte said: “Since my freshman year in high school, I always liked Oregon State and thought how great it would be to play football there. Coach Riley and his staff have an excellent reputation and it just felt like a great fit for me.” … Also plays basketball and participates in track.
• Caleb Smith, TE, 6-6, 250, Renton, Wash. (Kentridge High)
Rivals four-star athlete; rated No. 11 tight end in the country and No. 7 overall prospect in Washington … Caught 37 passes for 570 yards as a senior; ran for 425 yards and overall scored 11 TDs. … Tacoma News Tribune Western Hot 100 member. … Attended Oregon State’s elite camp last summer. … Caleb said: “I’m on track to graduate early and plan to be on campus in April which will give me a step ahead of others in my class and hopefully that will give me an opportunity to get on the field as a freshman.” … Played quarterback until midway point of his junior year. … 2011 Seattle Times Preseason All-State Team … South Puget Sound North League All-Purpose Player of the Year for 2011 and first-team tight end. … Tacoma News Tribune and Associated Press First Team All-State … One of 22 players on the 2012 Seattle Times “Red Chip” list for top prospects in the state.
• Dustin Stanton, TE, 6-6, 220, Marysville, Wash. ( Lakewood High)
Rivals three-star athlete; rated the No. 30 tight end in the country and the No. 10 overall prospect in Washington. … 21 receptions and four touchdowns his senior season. … 42 tackles last year while playing linebacker. … 19 receptions, 291 yards and four TDs as a junior. … Played H-back in some formations … Two-time recipient of Lakewood’s Coaches Award for leadership and hustle. … Cascade Conference first-team tight end as a senior and second-team as a linebacker. … All-Area and all-conference as a junior … One of 22 players on the 2012 Seattle Times “Red Chip” list for top prospects in the state. … Also played basketball and participated in track. … his father, Marty, played football at Eastern Washington.
Noke Tago, DL, 6-3, 290, Pago Pago, America Samoa (Leone)
Played his first year of organized football in the 2011 season … Scout.com described him as “a raw, but explosive talent.” … Born in Western Somoa.
• Calvin Tonga, DT, 6-4, 320, Riverside, Calif. ( Arizona Western College )
Rivals.com reported late Tuesday night that he plans to sign with Colorado State. That’s a big blow to the DL situation.
• Brent Vanderveen, QB, 6-5, 210, Arroyo Grande, Calif. (Arroyo Grande High)
Rivals three-star athlete; rated the No. 10 dual threat quarterback in the country and the No. 55 overall prospect in California. … Threw for 2,422 yards and 20 TDs as a senior, and 1,402 yards and 11 TDs as a junior … 203 yards passing and 89 yards rushing in leading Arroyo Grande to the CIF Southern Section title in 2011. … First-team all-area and All-Pac-7 … Tacoma News Tribune Western Hot 100 member … Arroyo Grande coach Tom Goossen: “He has major college size, that’s No. 1; and No. 2 he has a major college arm. I think what really got D-I coaches interested was his athletic ability, his ability to run and throw the ball, and when you add all that up, it’’s a pretty good package.” … Scout lists his strengths as decision making, touch and size. … A standout basketball player, he scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the championship game of a high school tournament in December. … Also plays baseball.
• Cleveland Wallace, CB, 6-0, 180, San Jose, Calif. (Oak Grove High)
Signed with Washington. He wavered back and forth ever since DB coach Keith Heyward left for Washington, and he followed.
• Garrett Weinreich, OL, 6-6, 285, Arroyo Grande, Calif. (Arroyo Grande High)
Rivals three-star selection and ranked the No. 38 offensive guard in the nation and the No. 96 best overall prospect in California. … Scout four-star players … Scout’s Brandon Huffman: “Weinreich has very good flexibility, is a natural knee-bender, and has good balance and control of his body. Very good in pass protection and run blocks well. Has good size and footwork.” … Strengths listed as body control, balance, flexibility and pass protection. … ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said: “Garrett showed the scouts what they are looking for in an LT prospect — length, long arms, quick feet and athletic ability. He shows good run blocking skills, does a good job of sustaining his blocks and keeps his pads low.” … All-Pac-7 first-team and third-team all-state following his senior year. … Throws the shot put and discus. … Arroyo Grande coach Tom Goossen said: “All you need to do is look at his efforts in track and his success in track to know he comes by his successes honestly. Nothing has been given to him and he’s taken full advantage of the gifts he’s been given. … Finished third in the shot put last spring at the CIF Championships. … Weinreich said: “I always wanted to play in the Pac-12; it’s always been a dream of mine — and now it’s a reality. I never thought I was going to be playing at such a high level.”
• Cade Cowdin, LB, 6-2, 220, St. George, Utah (College of the Desert)
Rivals three-star prospect who was recruited by several FBS teams. … Signed LOI during JC signing period Dec. 21 … No. 32 on the SuperPrep Juco 100. … Two years of eligibility remaining to be completed in two seasons. … Helped the Roadrunners to the 2011 Beach Bowl. … Played linebacker and fullback while at St. George High in Utah. He was an all-state selection by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune, honorable mention all-region following his senior year. … College of the Desert coach Dean Dowty: “Cade is an outstanding human being, a proven leader both on the field and off, and plays with a great sense of urgency and focus. He can make plays in and out of the box, has great speed and I am sure he will prove to be a great leader, teammate and student for Oregon State.”