OREGON STATE: Riley's State of the Union

MIKE RILEY offered his end of the season wrap up on Wednesday, touching base on a wide-ranging set of topics. Those topics included the two spots the Beavs are focused most on in recruiting before Signing Day, position changes afoot, offseason surgeries, if he anticipates any changes to his staff, thoughts on early NFL entries and more.

Mike Riley said he feels the Beavs are putting together an excellent recruiting class that addresses their needs. There are two positions OSU is focused on this last month before Signing Day with the last of the scholarships they have available.

"We've got 20 commitments right now and five more spots. We're working hard for offensive linemen and cornerbacks," said Riley.

OL Bobby Keenan has enrolled, said Riley. And remember LB Michael Greer? He's re-enrolling at Oregon State after getting his academic house in order, Riley said.

Riley said redshirt freshman-to-be wide receiver Jordan Villamin remains on scholarship but remains academically ineligible to participate in football related activities. Riley hopes to have him eligible by spring ball and if not, by fall camp.

(Also of note: Holdover JUCO DL Kyle Peko is not enrolled at Oregon State and is not expected to be there in time for spring ball. If Peko does wind up at Oregon State, it would be in time for fall camp.)

DON'T EXPECT ANY staff changes, Riley said, although he noted you never know when one of your assistants will get a call, saying every one of his assistants has been offered other jobs during their OSU tenure and elected to stay.

Riley said he will explore possible changes in staff assignments after Signing Day but they figure to be potential tweaks rather than large-scale moves. Riley said he has "three solid, bright, hard-working coordinators" in OC Danny Langsdorf, DC Mark Banker, ST Bruce Read.

RILEY SAID wide receiver Obum Gwacham is moving to defensive end. Riley said they love his ability and size and he hasn't reached a point at WR where he's challenging to play. Riley said they can see him succeeding better as a tall, rangy pass rusher. Riley said he's talked to Gwacham about it and "Boom" all in on the change.

"He's excited about it."

Riley said the Beavs are thinking about moving Jabral Johnson to inside linebacker with D.J. Alexander and Michael Doctor back manning the outside spots. Riley said Johnson has earned the right to play more. The Beavs, with a strong cupboard of linebacker talent expected back for 2014 that also includes Rommel Mageo, may shift to a 3-4. See below.

There is one other player Riley said he is going to talk to about making a position change but he didn't want to reveal it having not discussed it with him yet.

Riley also said he has a meeting with MIK Joel Skotte, who suffered a concussion earlier this season, and his dad on Friday. Riley said he couldn't comment on reports Skotte will retire from football due to concussion concerns.

RILEY SAID THERE are a good number of Beaver OL who will miss the spring session. These Beavs have either had surgery or will shortly:

Isaac Seumalo surgery for broken bone in foot, will miss spring ball
Josh Mitchell surgery on shoulder, will miss spring ball
Fred Lauina (shoulder surgery) will miss spring
Charles Okonkwo (knee surgery) will miss spring
Roman Sapolu had surgery but should be ready for spring
Dustin Stanton (ankle surgery) but should be ready for spring

AFTER SIGNING DAY and things clam down a little, Riley said he'll go about evaluating everything the Beavs do, from the running and passing aspects on offense, to whether they should scrimmage more in fall camp -- even whether they will shift to more of a 3-4 from a 4-3.

"We certainly will look at what's the best way to prepare this team, "said Riley. "And it will depend on our depth and the line (for more 3-4.) We're starting to evaluate those types of things but this is also crunch time in recruiting ... but we're also going to play some nickel and dime in a three-man front and the combination of being able to go back and forth is a great weapon -- to make offenses adjust... and we can use (the three-man front) as a good curve ball.

"Whether we go to a three-man front as our full-time deal, we're in the early stages of evaluating exactly what we want to do."

ASKED IF HE envisions the possibility of moving junior Storm Woods to receiver, Riley said he doesn't, but he very much does want to get Woods more involved in the passing game coming out of the backfield.

Riley said Chris Brown will get a long look at running back in the spring alongside senior Terron Ward and Woods.

"We're going to give Chris a good shot," Riley said. "He has come a long way."

THE BEAVS LOSE WR Brandin Cooks and DE Scott Crichton as early entries to the NFL Draft, while QB Sean Mannion will return.

"Sean's decision was really well thought out," Riley said. "He did a lot of research, talked to a lot of people and got a lot of information.

Riley said he wants players in that situation to rely most "on the people who have cared the most about them through the process of them growing up and being coached. What always scares me is outside influences that are often selfish influences that sometimes get involved, like an agent, people who don't have the kid's best interests at heart."

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