The scoop on Oregon State QB recruiting

WHAT? STILL NO QUARTERBACK COMMIT for Oregon State in the 2013 class? Let's get down to brass tacks here. Who does Oregon State like? Can they still get a good one this late in the game? Is there a sleeper out there? With December fast approaching, we asked the expert who has his finger on the pulse off all things recruiting out West, Brandon Huffman.

There's one name that's been talked about most when it comes to the Beavs and 2013 class quarterback recruiting. And there's one big question surrounding the Fresno, Calif. product.

"In terms of quarterbacks available, I know Oregon State likes Khari McGee from Edison High a lot, and its mutual. In fact, there was talk he committed to the Beavers at his Senior Night, but he later said he hadn't. Still, there is mutual interest. The question with McGee is, is he a quarterback or an athlete?" said Huffman.

SO WHO ELSE is out there in the Beaver QB orbit?

"Other quarterbacks that they're looking at include Kelly Hilinski from Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame High) and Jihad Vercher from Los Angeles (Salesian High.) In fact, with Vercher, they went to see him play this year.

Vercher is that sleeper-type.

"His size is holding him back because he's got a D-I arm, potentially the strongest arm of any quarterback in California. He would be a sleeper that has blossomed, but just been passed over because of his size."

A junior college QB is also a possibility, given the numbers, although that road might instead be taken next class.

Oregon STATE TYPICALLY gets their quarterback commit in the summer – all schools do these days. The situation is exacerbated by the fact Oregon State has but three QBs on scholarship on the roster, junior-to-be Sean Mannion, senior-to-be Cody Vaz and redshirt-freshman-to-be Brent Vanderveen.

At this late date, can Oregon State still find a good one – a guy who can develop into a Pac-12 starter? Huffman says it's certainly possible.

"I definitely think Oregon State can still get good value at quarterback, if they are choosing to bring one in. Wisely, I think they're waiting to see if a couple more guys emerge as seniors, using that vital senior year as their eval year, instead of just off sophomore and junior film," said Huffman.

But you have to go back a ways to see it drag out this long for a Pac-12 school, right?


"A year ago, UCLA didn't have a quarterback commit at all until mid-January, and they got two of them, Devin Fuller and T.J. Millweard. Fuller was the only one UCLA had recruited under Rick Neuheisel and when he was fired, Noel Mazzone brought Millweard, who was committed to him at Arizona State, to Westwood," said Huffman.

Granted, that scenario came during a coaching change. But note the addition of Millweard, a guy who was committed to another Pac-12 school who changed his mind. It's not just the other positions that decommit these days – quarterbacks do it too.

Whether it's a QB with few offers or a well-known and committed prospect that decides to come on board in part because of OSU's turnaround season in 2012 (expected to go from 3-9 to 9-3 after the regular season finale on Saturday), there's a whole lot of intrigue left to come.

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