Beavs with a strong finishing kick

ALL THE in-home and official visits are done. A year’s worth of work is about to come down to Wednesday’s Signing Day – except for the Beavs and Gary Andersen, it’s a little less that two months’ work run at a breakneck pace.

This was never going to be a monster recruiting class given Gary Andersen arrived in December, with his assistant coaches following. The pool of remaining uncommitted prospects is one heckuva lot smaller in December than it was back at the start of the recruiting year.

But Andersen has still made some considerable hay.

He most recently on the last official visit weekend secured verbal commitments from Christian Folau, a four-star middle linebacker, and Deltron Sands, a three-star running back. Folau, pictured above, shows offers from Oregon, Cal, Washington, TCU, Utah, Wisconsin and others on his page.

Before that, he landed three-star DT and former Wisconsin verbal Elu Aydon.

Three-star RB Lopina Katoa, three-star CB Jay Irvine and three-star RB Taylor Thomas also hopped on board. Irvine chose Oregon State over Wisconsin and others while Thomas had a double-digit offers list.

Thomas, Irvine and Sands are all out of Florida, where OSU running backs coach Telly Lockette has already paid significant short-term dividends. Keivonnis Davis, a three-star defensive end out of Miami, is a soft verbal to OSU and deciding between offers from Oregon State, Florida and Cincinnati.

Oregon State let James Pensyl go, previously committed under Mike Riley, and went out and found a signal caller who better matches what they're trying to do on offense: Seth Collins. He graduated high school early and is already at Oregon State.

Pensyl is a pocket passer in the mold of Sean Mannion. And Andersen has repeatedly said he will run his quarterback. After missing more than half of his junior season due to the transfer, Collins threw for 1,013 yards, rushed for 988 yards and accounted for 29 touchdowns.

Riley's class was nearly full when he left for Nebraska. Some of those pledges Andersen encouraged to look elsewhere. Linemen Beau Hott and Jacob Jimenez are set to sign with New Mexico and BYU. Solomon Matautia found a new home in Hawaii, Matt Pistone with Boise State and Jesse Sims id deciding between Montana or Montana State.

Others he tried to hold onto, succeeding in the cases of Blake Brandel, Miki Fifita, Omar Hicks-Onu, Zach Lucas, Nick Porebski and Matt Snyder, while Lavan Alston, Angelo Garbutt and Shawn Wilson look to be signing elsewhere.

Other Oregon State is still working on in the final hours before Signing Day include: DE Simi Moala out of Los Angeles; CB Treston Decoud out of Senatobia, Miss.; TE Noah Togiai out of West Valley City, Utah and DE Mufi Hunt from Murray, Utah.

By the numbers, a positional breakdown of Oregon State's 17 known commitments (as projected by

Quarterback: 1
Offensive tackle: 4
Running Back: 3
Cornerback: 2
Defensive End: 2
Safety: 2
Defensive Tackle: 1
Middle Linebacker: 1
Punter: 1

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