RECRUITING: Putting a bow on Beavs 2014 class

SIGNING DAY HAS come and gone but there's still plenty to discuss about the new crop of Beavers…

"You know that the standard line is, ‘We are VERY excited about this class! It's the best class we've ever had!'" Mike Riley quipped, before turning serious.

  • Riley said there's always a goal numbers-wise at every position but there will often be a "great player" they'll take regardless of whether they're "full" at that spot. Ultimately, Riley said they want to be pretty well set numbers-wise positionally by the time fall camp rolls around.

  • Riley said he was very happy to get back into Hawaii and in particular, Kahuku High, (Lamone Williams). Riley said he "loves" that school, with the Beavs having at one time five signees from that school.

  • Riley said he loves his QB situation, with Nick Mitchell, Marcus McMaryion and Luke Del Rio all coming in. He said he loves Mitchell and McMaryion but "they're not going to play next year, hopefully they'll redshirt." He said Del Rio, who is a year older, probably won't play next year either (as a transfer by rule he has to sit out but he's apparently appealing to NCAA to have that waived, not sure of his chances for success). Riley said he thinks they're spread pretty well in terms of ages.

  • Riley said Drew Clarkson is smart, tough and already has pretty good size. He likes his mobility.

  • Riley said Kammy Delp could be OL or DL, and that the Beavs would "probably" start him on defense.

  • Riley said Yanni Demogerontas family has a great restaurant outside of Chicago. He said they loved his film before he got hurt.

  • Riley said Glyeb Ewing is the prototypical Oregon State defensive end – fast, athletic.

  • Riley said Fitou Fisiiahi is an "ATH" and could be a linebacker or defensive lineman.

  • Riley said Datrin Guyton can be that physical mismatch type of wide receiver for OSU.

  • Riley said Xavier Hawkins has loads of speed and a potential fly sweep stud, calling him a good all-around player.

  • Riley said Kevin Hayes is a big corner where they liked his length and speed.

  • Riley said Sumner Houston is a grinder, talented, hard-working and smart.

  • Riley said Jake Knight is a very athletic tight end, and the Beavs "need more and more guys like this on our team."

  • Riley said Ricky Liuchan said you'd like to have 10 linebackers this size with room to put on the pounds who are fast (6-2, 200). He's athletic, tough and can run, said Riley, who can play special teams and outside linebacker.

  • Riley said McMaryion might be the best athlete "movement-wise" they've recruited in a while who is an accurate thrower and has very good mobility.

  • Riley said Mitchell can really spin the ball, well coached and has a nice arm to throw all the throws the Beavs need to throw.

  • Riley said Trent Moore is athletic, will probably need a redshirt year to develop more physically before he's ready to compete on the offensive line but that when he does, he's the type of guy OSU wants up front.

  • Riley said Ryan Nall is a guy he's really excited about – could be a linebacker, could be a fullback, could be an h-back. He ran the ball extremely well in high school.

  • Riley said Robert Olson was a guy they really needed to get to get close to OL number. Good size, tough, smart. Coach is Bud Grant's son.

  • Riley said Tanner Sanders gives the Beavs versatility and is one of the top athletes in state of Oregon. Played pseudo-safety, corner and more. Riley even said the right niche for Sanders at OSU could end up being quarterback, though that seems a longshot and Riley was saying that just to illustrate how versatile he is.

  • Riley said Adam Soesman, 6-2, 195, is a guy he compared to what Ryan Murphy was size-wise coming out of high school. Could be a safety, special teams guy.

  • Riley said Bright Ugwoegbu comes from a great football area in Katy, Texas, can run and be all over the place on special teams and as an OLB.

  • Riley said Kalani Vakameilalo can step in and compete from Day 1. A great athlete who Riley said he was very excited about.

  • Riley said Dwayne Williams is another great athlete out of Texas they came onto late, DBs coach Rod Perry really liked his ability and how he showed up on film. Riley said he is the same kind of athlete coming out of high school as was Rashaad Reynolds.

  • Riley said Williams is versatile, could play DE or linebacker, get after the QB -- an inside-outside guy who was one of the best football players out of Hawaii in their evaluations.

  • Riley said Luke Hollingsworth is, like all the JC guys, someone they feel HAS to come in and contribute immediately. He's a DL, Bobby Keenan is an OL, Demarlon Morris is an corner. Says he expects Morris to compete, physically, right off the bat.

  • Riley said Jonathan Willis is another one of those OLB who can run and has range, what you need against today's spread.

  • Riley said Kyle Peko, a guy they've been waiting for, is one who can really help the Beavs, after he goes through spring ball and offseason work within the program.

  • Riley said Baker Pritchard will probably not be eligible for the fall.

  • Riley said it looks like their most diverse group ever geographically, saying technology has made the world smaller and it's a sign of the times. For instance, how in the world does a kid from a small town in Iowa, Gleyb Ewing, get interested in OSU and vice-versa, and then ultimately end up there? Credit the internet and the increased availability of film.

  • Riley backtracked a little on that, though, saying he doesn't know that it will always be so diverse, geographically. It all depends on making that "connection" with the kid, and having them make the same with OSU.


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