Here are some leftover notes from Oregon State coach Mike Riley about the 2012 recruiting class, starting with a minor mistake.
Riley was asked about Cleveland Wallace, an OSU commit until signing day, who picked the Huskies. When he answered by saying his name Riley committed a secondary NCAA violation.
OSU officials said they are reporting the violation to the NCAA. These low-level violations are common for all sports at all schools. They are recorded by the NCAA with warnings given out.
It’s not even a slap on the wrist. I got a copy of a year’s worth of OSU violations a while back, and they are so silly. Some of them were patches were at the wrong spot on a jersey, having a recruits name on a dinner maker and other odd nit-pick things.
Three RBs were recruited, and Chris Brown was the one who wanted to come to OSU the most. So he’s on his way.
QB Brent VanderVeen was the No. 1 QB he evaluated.
WR Zack Robinson and S Cyril Noland might be tried out at CB because Riley wanted more CBs and could sign only one.
Here’s what Riley said about TEs in the class: “We really wanted at least two tight ends. Two is a good number for us. Tight ends are hard to find. It’s a versatile position. We are looking for guys who are athletic enough to run down and make plays. We need to get good production in the passing game out of the tight end catching the ball, but yet he has to block and defensive end. Finding those guys are hard.”
Riley visited 26 players between the middle of December and signing day.
Rivals.com gave OSU an A for offensive recruiting, saying to was the best job in that area in 14 years of tracking. However, the defensive recruiting got a C- due to the lack of DT recruiting and DBs who got away.