Yep, guys like Cleveland Wallace got away, with the cornerback following former OSU defensive backs coach Keith Heyward to Washington. Kenny Lawler bolted too, heading for Cal.
But others, like Isaac Seumalo, stayed true.
Seumalo, ranked the No. 1 guard prospect in the nation by Scout.com, is one of seven -- yes, seven -- o-linemen in the class. (Josh Mitchell is listed by Scout as a DT but he's coming to Oregon State as an o-lineman).
And Gavin Andrews, Grant Bays and Garrett Weinreich all had offers from at least four other Pac-12 schools.
THE GROUP, AS they develop, should help put an end to many of the problems up front, (particularly in the run game), the Beavers experienced the last two seasons, according to Riley. And it might not take too long to do that.
Both Seumalo and Stan Hasiak figure to be in the mix to start their first year at Oregon State -- Hasiak because he's coming from the JC ranks and Seumalo because he's just that advanced as a prepster.
Mike Riley made a point of saying on Signing Day that the Beavers are going to rededicate themselves to what brought them their most success -- running the ball.
They still need a special type of back to emerge. But Quizz was special, and the 2010 campaign showed an ineffective line in front of him makes for a trying season. Incoming recruit Chris Brown will try to put an end to the uncertainty at running back, particularly in light of Malcolm Agnew's hamstring issues.
OREGON STATE FILLED up on linebackers (4) and safeties (4). But they lost three committed corners -- Cleveland Wallace, Devian Shelton and Kentrell Brice.
But yesterday was just the start of a signing period, and OSU might still find a guy or two in the JC ranks, guys that others may have passed on because of academic qualification concerns or other issues. And how that guy looked to schools on Wednesday might look completely different ten days from now.
AND IF NOT, at least OSU still has five defensive backs in the class, guys that Riley said are all athletic, big bodies.
Tyler Hasty is one of them. Scout.com analysys were at a loss to explain why he didn't have more offers and more programs chasing after him this recruiting season. He wouldn't be the first guy from the state of Washington who went black and orange and that other Pac-12 programs didn't regret pursuing with 20-20 hindsight, (see Joe Halahuni, for starters.)
And Oregon State took five players out of the Evergreen State this recruiting cycle. Compared to the in-state schools, that's as many as UW took and two more than did WSU.
Oregon State has had some impressive seasons the past 10 years or so. Pretty much all of them came from lowly ranked classes. OSU's 2012 haul was ranked next to last in the Pac-12. But in looking at the players, it shouldn't be a surprise if down the road this class once again makes the recruiting gurus scratch their heads.
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