OFFENSE: How many new Beavs might play early?

CORVALLIS – What are the first-year prospects for the 2013 class of incoming Beavs? The bulk of the class is expected to step foot on the OSU campus around the first week of July. And BF.C takes an early peek at the offense members of the 2013 recruiting class -- the second highest ranked for the Beavs in recent memory at No. 36 nationally -- may offer this fall.

I earlier delved into the first-year prospects for Kyle Kempt, Damien Haskins, Jordan Villamin and Hunter Jarmon – not to mention a few who already have their feet firmly planted in Corvallis. But what about the other 18 guys?

Most of the class is likely to redshirt. But not all.

THE 2013 CLASS showcased an obvious lean toward size over speed at tailback, an interesting development.

With Mike Riley perhaps tweaking his usual recruiting game plan a bit to accommodate quicker defenses in the Pac-12, it is intriguing that he should choose this class to reinforce more pro-style tendencies in the run game.

Lawrence Mattison was a big score for OSU offensively, and Mattison is built more like a ‘backer than a runner. So will Riley and Co. find an immediate need for him come fall camp?

The 6-1, 225 tailback out of Texas offers size to the running squad, something that has been generally lacking for the Beavs since the beginning of the ‘Quizz' era. But the thing is, Mattison could redshirt in 2013 for that very reason.

Assuming Storm Woods and Terron Ward can continue to carry the load, Mattison's attributes could be of greater benefit down the road.

Damien Haskins (5-9, 213) is floating in a similar boat to Mattison. Sure, he could always make a head-turning boom in the initial few weeks of camp, thusly prompting Riley and Co. to wave a redshirt and let him produce. But that scenario seems unlikely from this chair, given the development of Chris Brown and the ability of Woods/Ward.

But when it comes to running backs, it's one of the few spots an incoming freshman, albeit a special one, can go from the high school to Pac-12 level and earn a starting job or significant turns. It would be unwise to rule out either player earning significant looks in camp in large part for that very reason.

IT WAS A wide receiver smorgasbord for the Beavs with this incoming class of players. A mere seven of the 25 recruits in 2013 were tagged as offensive players, but four of those players were wideouts.

And much can happen at wide receiver in fall camp, as utility players come and go, rise and fall, sink or swim.

Villamin at 6-5, 205, possesses the height and agility to keep a fire under the feet of guys like Richard Mullaney and Obum Gwacham. Villamin could very well have to wait in line for reps with the 1's, but the secondary offensive unit is not totally outside the realm of possibility for him, and he could shine.

Gwacham has been good but unremarkable in his pursuit of the starting slotback nod, and Richard Mullaney was out all spring after shoulder surgery.

The door could be open for Jarmon as well.

At 6-0, 190, Jarmon has been coined by one of his former coaches as being' "Absolutely one of the best that will make Oregon State proud." All signs point toward Jarmon being a great find for Riley and Co. -- he is a talented multi-sport athlete who can bring some big play capability to the receiving corps under Brent Brennan. But given what's already in the cupboard, the force tells me that Jarmon is fitted for a redshirt.

Walter Jones and Victor Bolden will be touching down in C-town soon enough, and while neither was as highly touted as Jarmon by the recruiting gurus, they have received accolades for their big play ability and Jones in particular has seen praise for his strength in redzone scenarios. The bulk of the offensive recruiting went to wideouts, and OSU landed an impressive foursome.

IN THE TRENCHES, Sean Harlow's arrival and impact in the spring is old news as far as recruitment is concerned. He made his presence known early in early April and gave Beaver fans high hopes for his future on the O-line. But Fred Launia is a slightly different story.

The 6-2, 270-pound DL/OL option out of Pago Pago could present an athletic and flexible body on the O-line for Mike Cavanaugh, should all hell break lose if and when the injury bug bites in the fall.

But my bet is that Launia ends up in Joe Seumalo's pack, as the D-line is thin and getting thinner for OSU, especially when looking at defensive tackle.

BF.C will take a look at the defensive side of the ball in our second installment in this series.


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