Beavs courting JUCO help this weekend

LINEBACKERS, CORNERS AND SAFETIES are the points of emphasis in the remaining slots for the 2012 class, Mike Riley said recently. And the Beavs are looking hard at the junior colleges down recruiting's final stretch drive to fill holes and needs with instant contributor-types. Two JUCO players are among the visitors for Oregon State this weekend.

Cade Cowdin and Alonzo Agwuenu both told's Scott Eklund they're visiting Oregon State this weekend.

Cowdin is a 6-2, 230 pound outside linebacker from College of the Desert in Palm Deset, Calif.

Agwuenu is a 6-4, 210 pounder from Mount San Antonio in Walnut, Calif.

Cowdin has known offers from Oregon State, Iowa State, Western Michigan, Wyoming, UNLV, Nevada and New Mexico State.

He logged 61 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions this season.

What makes Cowdin particularly valuable is he is scheduled to graduate this month. College coaches love guys like that. It allows them to enroll early, in January, and go through spring ball and immerse himself in classwork and the Beaver football program well in advance of traditional arrival time in July or August.

Cowdin still retains his redshirt year, with three years to play two.

MEANWHILE, WIDE RECEIVER isn't as big a need as some other positions but the Beavs are hot on the trail of Agwuenu.

He has offers from Oregon State, Arizona State, Tennessee, Akron, Kentucky, Nevada, Utah State and Western Michigan.

He's a big, physical, athletic receiver in the mold of Juron Criner.

He too is on pace to graduate in December, with three to play two.

At last check, Agwuenu had 64 receptions for 960 yards and 16 touchdowns on his way to First Team All-Conference honors.

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