Who's in, what's left for OSU?

OREGON STATE'S RECRUITING CLASS currently ranks No. 37 in the nation. While OSU's work on the field has outperformed the recruiting rankings over the last 10-plus years, you have to go back to 2004 to find a Beaver class rated higher than this one.

OSU has 23 known verbals on board. They could take as many as 28 according to Kerry Eggers in the Portland Tribune. That tally does not include Rommel Mageo and Sam McCaskill of Sheldon, both of whom look to be in line for a grayshirt -- provided all remains status quo on signings and qualification with the rest of the class.

The strength of the 2012 Oregon State class was affirmed days earlier when OG Isaac Seumalo and TE Caleb Smith ended the speculation they might bolt to other programs. They solidified an already strong nucleus that includes, among others, CB Cleveland Wallace, RB Chris Brown, C Grant Bays and OT Gavin Andrews.

And by the way, for all the hullabaloo over Smith, few seem to have noticed the Beavs actually have another tight end in the fold who is rated higher nationally at his position -- No. 37 Dustin Stanton -- than is Smith (No. 41).

Bottom line, the recruiting gurus at Scout think highly indeed of the Beavs' haul of Stanton and Smith at tight end. Good thing too, because losing Joe Halahuni poses a challenge.

WHAT COULD BE left for the Beavs? Noke Tago is squarely in the sights. But for the DT from Western Samoa, visa paperwork could delay his decision beyond Wednesday's signing day. Stan Hasiak is one of the bigger OL left out there and is said to be a Beaver lean.

Kenny Lawler, the 4-star receiver, could also be on the way. He's said to be deciding between OSU, WSU and Cal but most think it's down to OSU and WSU. Trying to get a handle on where he's going has proven to be a tall task and he might not announce until late Wednesday.

If Lawler should come on board, the Beavs might jump enough I the rankings to field their most highly rated class ever on Scout.com.

Corner Devian Shelton -- one report says he's leaning towards SDSU. Another report says nothing about SDSU and that he's down to OSU, UW and Nebraska. Call it the fog of recruiting. Where he ends up is anyone's guess, and everyone seems to have one. One thing to keep in mind, Shelton verballed to Oregon State in December and oftentimes, after a final period of indecision, recruits come back to their first choice. We'll see..

LB Dyllon Mafi was seemingly on the back burner when Chris Young looked to be OSU-bound. With Young headed to ASU, Mafi is once again front and center. Another linebacker, Steffon Martin, looks to be out but the Beavs might still be trying to turn him in the final hours.


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