How will Beavs close as LOI Day approaches?

THERE ARE TWO WEEKS to go before the fax machines rev up for Signing Day on Feb. 1. The Beavers have a well regarded group, currently ranked No. 41 in the nation by But four of those have taken recent official visits to other schools, and there are still more pieces OSU is trying to place into the finished puzzle.

Among them, junior college offensive lineman Stan Hasiak. A former UCLA Bruin, Hasiak was at Mt. San Antonio last year. The 6-5, 295-pounder according to reports is leaning towards OSU but this is also the time of the year when programs put a full court press on JC linemen.

Chris Young is a junior college linebacker/safety type who plays bigger than his 6-0, 215-pound frame would suggest. He originally signed with UW but did not qualify. At Arizona Western, he had an All-America season, with 111 tackles (45 solo), 30 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He scored six defensive touchdowns. He visits OSU this coming weekend.

Dyllon Mafi is keeping a low profile this recruiting season. The linebacker from Laney College visited OSU this past weekend. Others from the prep side whom OSU is trying to close on include WR Kenny Lawler and CB Tyler Hasty, both of whom tripped to Corvallis this past weekend. Lawler, a 4-star prospect, told this week that the Beavs are the team to beat.

Wideout Javon Williams and ATH Jonavaughn Williams are also high on the OSU recruiting board.

And then there's Isaac Seumalo, whose trip to USC this past weekend had some Beaver fans holding their breath. Seumalo, the No. 1 rated guard in the nation by trips to Corvallis this weekend. It would be a shocker if he didn't solidify his commitment to the school where his dad, Joe Seumalo, coaches the defensive line.

Seumalo is in a group of four soft verbals to OSU, meaning they have tripped to other schools following their verbal commitments. Caleb Smith, the tight end from Kent, WA, is keeping under the radar and hasn't returned calls or text messages. Sometimes kids get tired of the recruiting process around this time of year. Cleveland Wallace, the three-star CB tripped to UW and with Keith Heyward now in Seattle, the Beavs might have a fight on their hands.

S Devian Shelton told he hadn't spoken to anyone at OSU since Heyward left and he was "really open" after his visit to Nebraska.

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