What's left for Beavs in recruiting?

OREGON STATE HAS 24 known verbal commitments. Schools are now limited to signing 25 max each year. But that doesn't mean the Beavers are just about done with the 2014 class. Signing Day always falls on the first Wednesday in February – this year it's Feb. 5. So what else is left for the Beavs in recruiting between now and then? Potentially quite a bit, actually.

Schools can no longer oversign, so "grayshirting" no longer technically exists. But schools, including Oregon State, will continue to have players delay enrollment (and you'll no doubt still hear the term grayshirt used.)

For prospects who delay enrollment, they don't sign an LOI and nothing binds them, or the school, to one another – they remain recruitable by other schools before enrolling, usually the following January.

But back to the matter at hand – who else might Oregon State bring on board between now and through Signing Day on Feb. 5, (and thereby create a need for some of those on the commit list to grayshirt.)

First and foremost as far as targets go is probably OT Kaleb McGary. He is expected to announce a final two/three today or tomorrow. From our chair, he's a guy the Beavs will hold a spot open for no matter what. He loves the OSU coaching staff, particularly Cavanaugh, but he's getting the full court press from other schools, including nearby UW, where he visited this past weekend.

Another 4-star prospect is DE Nifae Lealao, ranked No. 8 nationally at his position by scout.com. He had long been committed to Stanford but is keeping his options open in case he doesn't gain admittance there (despite his 3.8 GPA). He's looking like a longshot at the moment but the Beavs are still in the hunt and look to be bringing him in this weekend on the final OV weekend before Signing Day.

Mike Riley mentioned shortly after the season the Beavs were looking hardest at offensive linemen and corners -- and the Beavs have since picked up http://oregonstate.scout.com/a.z?s=182&p=9&c=8&yr=2014 a pair of corners. So what about the o-line? In addition to McGary, Oregon State has Robert Olson in their sights, a 6-5, 260-pounder out of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Others on the radar include David Moala, a defensive tackle out of Cerritos JC who visited this past weekend. The 6-2, 310-pounder has 2-to-play-2 and had good things to say about Riley and the Beavs. But he also plans to visit K-State this coming weekend and said he might want to wait beyond Signing Day to make his decision.

Demarlon Morris, the three-star corner from Mesa JC who held offers from Cal, K-State, Wisconsin and others, just verballed to the Beavs according to Scout.com Analyst Allen Trieu. "Great size and ball skills. Great pickup in my opinion and a kid that could play early," says Trieu.

RECRUITING IS ALSO just as much about hanging onto the ones you have and on that side of things, WR Datrin Guyton, who verbally committed to Oregon State back in October, is looking around. He told the TCU site that he's committed to Oregon State, but also open to several others, including TCU and Texas, the latter being a school he thinks will offer him soon.

Guyton is a very athletic 6-4, 200-pounds. He hauled in 43 receptions for 1,025 yards as a senior with four TDs. As a junior he played primarily on defense, where he racked up 80 tackles (42 solo) and returned punts and kickoffs. In considering some of his recent quotes, whether he stays with OSU might not be answered until Signing Day:

"Any school has a legitimate shot at me, it's just whatever is the best fit for me to play my freshman year," he told HornedFrogBlitz.com this week. "I want to play right away and I mean, academics count but I'm going based off where I'm going to play right away.

"I'm going for general education and you can get that anywhere so I'm just trying to see where I can come in and make an impact."


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