The Oregon State football coaches spent May in evaluation mode looking at prospects around the country at various camps.
There have been no verbal commitments for the class of 2013, yet, but they should start in the next month or so. Recruits are deciding earlier and early these days.
So, let’s look at what the Beavers need for this class.
There are 18 seniors on the roster and 15 are on scholarship. OSU loses players at every position but QB. The biggest loss is at CB with four departing, but only one starter in Jordan Poyer.
Other starters lost are OT Colin Kelly, DT Castro Masaniai, LB Kevin Unga, TE Colby Prince, WR Markus Wheaton and S Anthony Watkins.
While that’s a big chunk of talent, the next in line should already be on the roster. The recruiting class should be about replenishing the depths.
WR, LB, DT and DE lose two players each. The rest of the positions it’s one. That’s a good thing, so the Beavers don’t have to use up seven scholarships on any one position like they did with the OL last year.
So expect the Beavers to try and get the best players possible at each of the positions. And of course, expect 20 athletes or so to sign. Overshooting a little allows for regular attrition on the returning roster.
According to Rivals.com, OSU has 76 offers out. And, yes, there are some five- and four-star athletes offered. We’ll see if they can land any.