ROUNDUP: Beavs hit the road recruiting

WITH SPRING BALL completed at Oregon State, the May Evaluation period is now in full swing. OSU has already extended 40-plus scholarship offers for the 2011 class, and more are expected in the coming weeks with the Beaver coaches out on the recruiting trail.

The NCAA's annual May Evaluation Period, where college coaches can visit high school campuses for evaluation purposes, is now front and center for Oregon State.

The "May" evaluation period actually started on April 15 but some schools, like OSU, are at that time in the midst of spring ball. The evaluation period lasts six weeks and schools are allowed four weeks out of the six, excluding Memorial Day and Sundays, to evaluate prep football prospects.

So figure on the Beavs making their push from now until the end of the month. The NCAA allows a maximum of seven coaches on the road at any one time so the OSU assistant coaches will rotate in and out with one another. Head coaches are not allowed on the road due to a rules change from a few years back.

Even while spring ball was going on, however, recruiting does not stops, and OSU was extending offers and continuing to recruit.

Joel Skotte, a polished in-state linebacker from Bend's Mt. View High who was his conference's player of the year as a junior, was offered by Oregon State.

Tight end prospect David Fontenette out of Spanaway, Wash. landed an OSU offer, as did another tight end prospect up the road on I-5, Marysville's Dustin Stanton.

The Beavs were the first to offer Danville, Calif. cornerback Dalis Bruce out of Monte Vista High. They were also first in on Tucson linebacker Blake Martinez out of Canyon del Oro High.

Kyle Murphy, one of the top o-tackle prospects in the nation according to Scout.com, picked up an OSU offer during the Beavs' spring ball.

So did Jake Eldrenkamp, an offensive tackle out of Bellevue, Wash., and Auburn High offensive tackle Cory English.

Malik Gilmore, a wide receiver out of Lakewood, Calif. with offers the include Michigan and Notre Dame was offered by the Beavers.

Dominic Ramacher, who could play TE, H-back or fullback, was offered by OSU. Ramacher is out of Denton, Texas.

His teammate, John Ferguson, was also offered by the Beavs. He could play TE or grow into an offensive lineman, with the latter seeming most likely.

Receiver Demitrious Davis out of Youngstown, Ohio is a fleet receiver with a lot of offers. OSU threw their hat into the ring on him this spring as well.


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