What's next for Beavs? The recruiting trail

FOR THE FIRST time since 2005, Oregon State will not be holding postseason practices for a bowl game. What the coaches are doing instead, is hitting the road for recruiting. And the junior college ranks, with respect to the defensive front seven, figure to be a key point of emphasis.

Seven coaches are allowed on the recruiting road at any one time by the NCAA and OSU figures to already have them out there, or will very shortly.

The contact period, when in-home visits can be made, runs through Dec. 18.

After the holiday break, a new one begins on Jan. 4.

After that, there's a quiet period on Jan. 9, and a dead period that runs from Jan. 10-13. The final contact period for in-homes runs from Jan. 14-29. Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Mike Riley told the Corvallis Gazette Times the Beavs are looking to reload the defensive front seven with JUCO players. There will be no JC O-linemen taken this class according to the article.

Oregon State has known commitments from five defensive ends, four of whom are high school players. They also have a lot of WR verbal commitments, with five. And beyond the front seven on defense, OSU still would appear to have a key need at cornerback. Whether the positions Scout.com projects all those d-ends and receivers at are the positions they ultimately play at OSU remains to be seen when fall camp gets underway in August.

Oregon State has 17 known verbal commitments overall. That includes Josh Williams, who graduated from high school last year but was shy of qualifying in time to join a school this past August.

Here's how the current known commit breakdown looks:

QB – Peter Ashton; RB – Storm Woods, Malcolm Agnew; WR – Brandin Cooks, Tyrequek Zimmerman, Richard Mullaney, Larry Scott, Tyler Trosin; TE – Kellen Clute, OT – Darryl Jackson; OG – Justin Addie.

DE – Dylan Wynn, Brandon Bennett, Jaswha James, Rusty Fernando, Na'Alii Robins; OLB – Josh Williams

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