AS SOON AS spring ball ended, the Beavs' spring recruiting went into overdrive. Oregon State assistant coaches are out on the recruiting trail and it won't stop until the month of May is done. Each OSU coach will visit multiple high schools and scholarship offers extended by OSU will swell.
The May Evaluation Period officially began on April 15. But a school is allowed only four of the six-plus weeks between April 15 and May 31, excluding Memorial Day and Sundays, to visit high schools and evaluate prep prospects.
With Oregon State
's spring session running all the way into May, Mike Riley
will use his four weeks to have his assistants hit the trail through the end of the month.
The Beavs are already off to a quick start, with over 80 known offers having already been extended.
EACH SCHOOL IS
now allowed to have all nine of their assistant coaches on the road at one time due to a recent rules change. One guy who won't be hitting the road is Mike Riley. A 2008 rule by the NCAA doesn't allow head coaches to be on the road during the May Evaluation period.
The Beav assistants, though, will hit as many high schools as they can, talk to as many prep coaches as they can, watch as many practices or workouts as they can -- and bring back miles of highlight tape for Riley to evaluate and to decide if OSU will make an early offer.
Oregon State has two known verbal commits, CB Treshon Broughton out of Los Angeles Harbor College and LB Tyrin Ferguson out of New Orleans.
During the evaluation period, schools are allowed one on-field evaluation per prospect to assess athletic ability, and one more evaluation to assess a prospect's academic qualifications. If the coaches do both evaluations on the same day, they're permitted an additional athletic evaluation of the prospect.
Additionally, schools are allowed to place one phone call to a prospect during the period. Prospects can call coaches anytime throughout the recruiting year.
No face to face contact is permitted outside of a member institution (a college campus) at this time of year, though "bumping," defined as a brief encounter, happens frequently during the evaluation period.