EVEN WITH THE HOLIDAYS and the recruiting dead period coming up, there's still plenty going on recruiting-wise for the Beavs. And junior college players are likely to figure in prominently for the remaining spots in OSU's 2012 class.

With Oregon State wrapping up finals week, the Beavs weren't planning on bringing in official visitors this weekend. Next weekend, however, could see some visitors, particularly if they are mid-year transfers who plan to enroll in January.

But ultimately, the bulk of the remaining trips will be in January -- coaches don't like to bring in too many guys when school isn't in session and the energy around campus isn't at full go.

January also allows for more trips with schedules for prep and junior college players now less hectic.

There's one last weekend in December coming up where schools can host prospects on an official trip. A quiet period begins on Sunday Dec. 18, with the dead period then running from Dec. 19 - Jan. 3.

The Beavs already have six o-linemen among the 15 known verbals in the class but OSU might still be in the market for junior college talent up front.

With the loss of Fred Thompson, who was expected to challenge for a starting DT job next fall, Oregon State is likely to take a long look at junior college defensive linemen in the coming weeks and see if there is a quality fit.

A recent projection also has Oregon State shopping for a couple junior college recruits at the linebacker position.

Any JC player who can enroll early and take part in spring ball has extra value attached to his name.

Spring Ball at OSU begins March 12. The session will be split this year, with three practices followed by two weeks off, and the remaining 12 practices of the 15-practice session resuming April 2.

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