Big recruiting weekend(s) coming up?

OREGON STATE OVER the years under Mike Riley have held large, blowout recruiting weekends after the regular season comes to a close -- a time when the Beavs play host to double-digit prospects. This recruiting cycle looks to be no different.

This class, it appears to be trending towards the weekend of Jan. 14.

Five prospects are already scheduled to trip to OSU that weekend -- DT Todd Peat, S Byron Moore, OT Ryan Nowicki, OG Vi Teofilo and OG Justin Addie, who has already verballed to OSU.

More could be on the way.

Four star safety James Sample, at one time scheduled to officially trip to Oregon State this past weekend, was instead taking the SAT. He told he and three Grant High teammates are tripping to OSU in January -- those three are Viliami Moala, Darryl Paulo and George Fola.

Grant is loaded this year, Moala is highly sought and the No. 2 rated DT in the nation and Faigame Lopa could also be a visitor.

While there aren't indications at the moment a big recruiting weekend is in the works for December, before the current contact period expires on Dec. 18, that could change. Some years, there's more than one big blowout weekend at Oregon State.

Last January, OSU brought in double-digit official visitors on Jan. 15. The year before, they brought in big groups on both the weekends of Dec. 19 and Jan. 16.

Mike Riley's comment that the Beavs will be looking to fill the defensive front seven with junior college players got a lot of notice but the defensive backfield remains an area of need. Oregon State continues to target corners Stefan McClure as well as Marcus Peters.

Riley told the media Sunday he has not yet put a cap on the number of players OSU would like to sign in February but OSU in the past, when able, has oversigned beyond the maximum 25. Some signees then delay enrollment until the following January.

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

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