OSU Recruiting Notebook

THOSE WHO ARE looking forward to the final recruiting stretch drive for the Beavs will have to wait a little longer this time around. The NCAA quietly extended the holiday dead period back in October and that means instead of recruiting opening back up for the Beavs and the rest of college football just a few days into the New Year, the dead period will now run through January 15.

The change was made, according to the NCAA, in order to give players and coaches a little more time off from recruiting. It has also been reported that the reason the change was made was so that schools involved in the BCS bowls are not at a "disadvantage" for that first week, preparing for their bowl games while other schools are hitting the road and potentially having one more official visit weekend.

What it means is the Beavers and everyone else will have three official visit weekends to bring in prospects and verbal commits before Signing Day on Feb. 6.

It's also worth noting that a "dead period" doesn't mean no contact. Student-athletes can call a coach anytime they want throughout the year, and coaches can Facebook a prospect, touch base, ask them to call, etc. The key aspects of this dead period are this: college coaches can't go out on the road and into a prospect's living room for an in-home visit (or at their school) and they can't host prospects on official visits.

OREGON STATE looks to be in good position numbers-wise headed into the New Year -- they have 22 known commitments, are ranked No. 56 nationally by scout.com and ninth in the Pac-12.

Scout.com projects the positions this way: 2 QBs, 1 RB, 1 FB, 3 WRs, 4 OL, 1 DT, 3 DE, 4 LBs, 2 S and 1 CB. It's important to note a few of those players, however, are being looked at by the Beavs for different positions. On Signing Day, when the Beavs can first talk about specific recruits, is when that figures to get cleared up.

(Note: Among the 22, DT Kalani Vakameilalo is listed as a soft verbal after taking a trip to Washington State. Vakameilalo has thus far been unreachable for an interview and to see where he stands. The class in effect also includes DT Jalen Grimble, a Miami transfer who practiced but sat out this past season due to NCAA transfer rules. The Beavs are also waiting on DT Kyle Peko from last year's class to qualify and join the Beavs.)

THE PROCESS OF grayshirting technically no longer exists after a rules change last year that schools can no longer sign more than 25 players. Schools can still verbally agree with a prospect for him to delay his enrollment and count against the next class but there is no longer a binding, signed document as part of the process.

OSU has long gone the delayed-enrollment route and it wouldn't be a surprise to see them continue that with this class. The student-athlete, however, remains recruitable with nothing binding either the school or the prospect to one another.

AS FOR SOME of the remaining targets, in looking at the numbers it would seem OSU could look to increase their stocks with some combination of OL, DT, WR, RB and S. As for some of the specific o-lineman targets out there in the Beaver orbit:

The competition is intense for OT Kolton Miller (6-8, 305) out of Roseville, Calif. -- he holds offers from the majority of the Pac-12 schools as well as others from Wisconsin, Nebraska, Texas Tech and others. It's going to be a recruiting battle for Miller over the next few weeks but two things might work in OSU's favor - Miller thoroughly enjoyed the family feel at Oregon State during his visit and he has a very strong relationship with Beaver o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh. In trying to read the tea leaves, it seems like three schools may be in the driver's seat headed into the New Year: Wisconsin, UCLA and Oregon State.

The competition is just as pitched for OT Kaleb McGary, (6-8, 290) out of Tacoma, Wash. It looked like it would come down to a battle between Oregon State and Washington for a long time. A trip to WSU may have changed things up and made it a three-way race. And the coaching change at UW has thrown another monkey wrench into the mix. Like Miller, McGary will take more trips and a decision isn't likely to come until at least mid- to late-January.

OL Kammy Delp has loads of offers as well and had kept things close to the vest but mid-December told Scout.com he a) was going to put the recruiting process on hold while some of the coaching changes work themselves out and b) favors UCLA and ASU. Delp is slated to officially visit Oregon State the first recruiting weekend after the dead period ends, the weekend of Jan. 17.

Meanwhile, S Khalil Oliver, a verbal commit to Boise State, says he will also trip to Oregon State on Jan. 17. The situation at BSU is unsettled with the coaching staff change but now that their season is over, some recruiting clarity should be coming there over the next few weeks. Oliver is a nice looking safety prospect, rated three stars by scout.com.

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