Oregon State football coach Mike Riley said there won’t be 10 true freshmen playing significantly like last season again.
However, he said there will be some. The 2012 recruiting class has a lot of talent, and in areas the Beavers need.
Here are my picks for players who can play right away.
OL Isaac Seumalo
The four-star recruit was ranked the No. 3 OG in the country by Rivals and No. 2 by SuperPrep, and No. 52 overall prospect in the country by Rivals. The OL needs to be rebuilt and the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder is the cornerstone.
OL Stan Hasiak
Came out of high school as a four-star athlete and No. 4 OG nationally before joining UCLA breifly. Gained experience at Juco before signing with Oregon State. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder was recruited for a quick impact.
OLB Cade Cowdin
The three-star, 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was ranked No. 32 on the SuperPrep Juco 100. There’s a open position Riley wanted to fill with a fast, experienced player.
OLB Dyllon Mafi
The three-star athlete was a JC Bureau first-team All-American at Laney College in Oakland, Calif. He’s a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder. Riley liked his speed and how hard he hit.
TE Caleb Smith
The four-star athlete is game-ready, Riley said. He’s a 6-foot-6, 250-pounder from Renton, Wash. Smith was ranked the No. 11 TE in the country and No. 7 prospect in the state of Washington. He plans to graduate early and join the team for spring practice.
OLB Caleb Saulo
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was a productive player from Kent, Wash., who played LB and QB. His athletic ability will get him on the field on special teams. Saulo also plans to join the team in time for spring practice.