Recruiting Roundup

THE VERBAL COMMITMENT of running back Chris Brown illustrates yet another truism of recruiting. Meanwhile, does Caleb Smith stay with the Beavs, and what about those positions of need?

Oregon State needed corners, safeties and linebackers most, said Mike Riley a couple weeks ago.

There didn't look to be near as much a need at running back – Malcolm Agnew and Storm Woods were true freshmen this year. So was Terron Ward.

Jovan Stevenson just completed his junior year, and Jordan Jenkins will be back in 2012, too.

And so the Beavs this week landed a pledge from California running back Chris Brown, who had offers galore including rides from Oregon and much of the Pac-12.

And that just goes to show you, there are some players schools will grab regardless of positional need and numbers. There aren't many out there, there are positions that need filling. But there are a few, and Brown was one of them.

Meanwhile, Oregon State looks to be having potential trouble holding onto Caleb Smith, a 6-6, 242 pound tight end prospect who verbally committed to the Beavs in August.

Smith recently received an offer from Arkansas recently and said he is "definitely" going to visit. Other schools who offered Smith this year include Washington, UCLA and Colorado.

With Smith prying the door back open, Oregon State will do two things. First, they'll keep on Smith hard and second, they'll start looking at other options should Smith de-commit. It's never a sure bet a school will use a suddenly opened scholarship slot at the same position late in the process – there might not be quality left at that time. Stay tuned.

OSU still has needs at corner, safety and linebacker, and the JC ranks are likely to figure into that mix prominently.

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