Hang-on time for Beavs in recruiting

OREGON STATE IS close to full in their 2012 recruiting class – assuming all the verbal commitments stick. The face of recruiting is about landing ‘em, that's what gets all the juice. But holding onto them, that's what keeps the lights on bright. OSU, over the coming weeks, looks to have several recruits they'll need to keep showing the love…

TE Caleb Smith took an official visit to Arkansas last month, becoming a soft verbal to OSU after pledging back in the summer.

When recruits get their heads turned, most of the time they eventually come back to the one who brung ‘em. Distance could also play a part here – for most recruits and their families, when push comes to shove, they'll choose playing in the Northwest vs. the Deep South.

In the end, it would be a surprise if Smith didn't sign with the Beavs. Then again, in recruiting, nothing comes as a surprise anymore.

AN UNEXPECTED development came a few days back when Isaac Seumalo was reported by ESPN to be visiting USC on Jan. 13.

Seumalo is the son of Beaver d-line coach Joe Seumalo and he verballed back in the summer. Losing the 4-star o-line prospect, especially to another Pac-12 program, would be devastating for OSU.

It's hard to see that happening, though. Not only does his dad coach there, the younger Seumalo has grown up around the Beaver program and is intimately familiar with all facets of the black and orange.

This sounds more like a case of a guy seeing everyone else take official visits and wanting to take some himself, to have something else to compare things to, and to make sure he's just that much more satisfied with his original choice.

But OSU can take nothing for granted and as they enter the final weeks before the Feb. 1 Signing Day, count on them putting a solid push on Seumalo.

ANOTHER VERBAL COMMIT taking an official visit elsewhere this weekend is safety Devian Shelton. He scheduled a trip to Washington State, later verballed to Oregon State but didn't cancel the trip.

Shelton says he just wants to take the trip to make sure OSU is the right place for him and he says he's firmly committed to the Beavs.

An official to any school is likely to go well for a recruit but Shelton has a strong relationship with OSU defensive backs coach Keith Heyward. Any school wanting to pry him loose would have to develop a stronger coach-player relationship and that's hard to do once one has been forged.

Among the uncommitted prospects Oregon State is still targeting -- WR Kenny Lawler, WR Javon Williams, DE Nate Iese and DB/WR Jonavaugh Williams. A report in the G-T also mentioned CB Kevin Peterson, committed to Oklahoma, and WR Richard Smith, an ASU verbal, are also Beaver targets.

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