Seth Collins QB | 6-3 | 187 | El Cajon, CA | Granite Hills High
Collins graduated high school early and is already enrolled at Oregon State. He originally attended Helix High School and missed most of his junior season due to transfer regulations, the all-important recruiting season and especially for a QB. He led Granite Hills to a 9-4 record and to the CIF San Diego Section semifinals last season. Collins threw for 1,013 yards, rushed for 988 yards (8.7 per carry) and accounted for 29 touchdowns as a senior. He led the Grossmont League’s Valley Division for rushing, and was ’14 East County First Team selection as a utility player on offense and as a defensive back.
From Granite Hills head coach Kellan Cobbs – “Seth is a very special athlete. He helped take Granite Hills to back to back semifinal appearances for the first time since 1986. He has all the tools you look for in a big time player -- size, speed, arm strength. But what Seth really has that sets him apart is his work ethic and competitiveness. I have not coached a more competitive kid then Seth and that will help him take his game to the next level.”
Brayden Kearsley OL | 6-4 | 300 | Aloha, OR | BYU / Aloha
Transferring from BYU, will sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Kearsley was a Scout,com four-star recruit following his senior year at Aloha High. He played as a true-freshman and sophomore (2014) for BYU and thus will be mandated by the NCAA to redshirt this season with two years of playing eligibility remaining starting in 2016. was first team all-state offensive tackle as a senior at Aloha, a two-time second team all-state, and three-time all-league at Aloha. Kearsley was also a 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American. He played in 11 games at right guard as a freshman at BYU and appeared in seven games (limited due to injury) last season, starting three.
Miki Fifita OT | 6-5 | 280 | Wailuku, HI | IMG Academy - Fla.
Scout.com ranks Fifita the 11th best offensive tackle in Florida and 97th in the nation. He's a three-star athlete and was highly recruited. He attended Baldwin High in Hawai’i his first three years, where he earned all-conference honors as a junior and most valuable offensive lineman of the 2014 All-Poly Camp. Fifita also played basketball. He's originally from Wailuku, Hawai’i.
IMG Academy head coach Chris Weinke on Miki – “Miki is a big strong kid that can play multiple positions on the line. He was an outstanding leader on our football team and brought a relentless attitude and work ethic to practice every day. He was a captain and a major contributor to the success of our program.”
Jay Irvine CB | 6-1 | 175 | Jacksonville, FL | Sandalwood
Irvine is a Scout.com three-star athlete. Scout.com rates him the 113th best cornerback in the nation and 17th in the state of Florida and was highly recruited. He received FloridaHSFootball.com 2013 Northeast Regional Honorable Mention. He had six interceptions last season and also played wide receiver at Sandalwood where he accumulated over 1,000 yards with 13 touchdowns. Jay is a standout in track as a sprinter.
Irvine on his visit to OSU last month – "It was pretty good and there was a lot of stuff to do. It was like a college town and I like that. "(Wide receivers) coach Brent Brennan and coach Gary Andersen are the coaches I talk with. Coach Andersen is really upfront about everything and tells you the truth.”
Lopini Katoa RB | 6-1 | American Fork, UT | American Fork
A Scout.com three-star athlete, he was rated the top running back prospect in Utah and No. 12 overall in the West. He was All-Mountain/Island team by Scout.com and as a senior, rushed for 1,655 yards and 25 touchdowns with another 575 yards and five touchdowns receiving. Named 5A first team all-state running back and was MVP of Utah’s Region 4, a team captain, and a three-year varsity letterman. He also played linebacker and safety.
On his visit per Scout.com – “Oregon State completely blew my expectations away. The coaching staff, the players, the college town, the whole package was awesome. They have a solid Polynesian culture on the current team, and it is only going to get stronger." From Scout.com's Doug Kimmel prior to his commitment to OSU – “He is going to be a steal for whoever lands him on signing day. You can put Katoa anywhere on the football field and he is going to get it done."
Zach Lucas OT | 6-5 | 280 | Katy, TX | Taylor
Lucas is a Scout.com three-star prospect. He’s rated the No. 112 best offensive tackle in the nation and No. 19 in Texas and was a highly recruited athlete. Lonestargridiron.com named Lucas one of the top prospects at offensive line in the state of Texas. He was a member of the Vype.com Houston Top 100 heading into his senior season. Lucas was one of the area’s top six offensive linemen following his senior season per the Houston Chronicle. He was nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Lucas also competed in track and field, throwing the shot put.
Lucas on his attraction to OSU – “I knew the second I stepped on the campus that I was going to be playing there (OSU); especially with coach Andersen being the coach -- it looks like it is going to be a great program.”
Paul Lucas WR | 5-10 | 175 | Phoenix, AZ | Mountain Pointe
Lucas is a three-star prospect on Scout.com and was highly recruited. The Arizona Republic tabbed Lucas as the third-best prospect in the state. Scout.com had Lucas No. 64 on its running backs list and the No. 1 ranked back in Arizona. He played in the Under Armour All-America Bowl. For his senior and junior years he combined for 2,065 yards rushing and 317 yards receiving with a total of 25 touchdowns. He’s a standout in track and last spring he ran the 11th fastest 200 meters in the country and the eighth-fastest 400 meters at 46.86. As a sophomore he won the state title in the 100 meters with a time of 10.44 (fifth-fastest in state history).
Mountain Pointe head coach Norris Vaughan on Lucas, courtesy of MaxPreps -- "At any level, the No. 1 trait every scout, every coach looks at first is speed. And no one around here or anywhere else is faster than Paul. He just gets up and goes.”
Simi Moala DE | 6-7 | 250 | Los Angeles, CA | Cathedral
Elite Football Network included Moala on its list of top California recruits entering last season. Moala was a three-year varsity letterman who compiled a total of 117 tackles, including 13 sacks, and 61 quarterback hurries as a defensive end. He missed a majority of his junior season with an injury. He also played tight end for Cathedral. He is the cousin of Beaver football letterman Eric and the late Tavita Moala. He competed in last year’s Nike Camp in Los Angeles.
Moala on his visit to OSU last month, courtesy of Scout.com – “Coach Andersen, when I met with him, I could tell he was already a great coach. Just the main goals he had and he has this saying "Beyond Football" that he wants us to think about things outside of football.
Nick Porebski P | 5-11 | 188 | Melbourne, Australia | Snow JC
Porebski played one season of American Football in 2013 (NJCAA rules allowed for just 1 season). He was second in the conference for average yards per punt in ‘13 at 45.4 yards. He had 19 punts downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard-line. He has a long of 65 yards. Porebski was two-time Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for Nov. 12. He was 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association First Team All-American. Nick is equally adept at punting conventional style or rugby style, and punts with either foot. He played Australian Rules Football too.
Porebski on receiving an OSU scholarship, courtesy of OregonLive -- "I've always liked the game on TV, but I didn't actually know you could get a full scholarship for punting the football, which I thought was pretty amazing. That really intrigued me. I could get my education paid for and, at the same time, I could play American football, which is a great opportunity."
Deltron Sands RB | 5-9 | 180 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL | St. Thomas Aquinas
Sands is a three-star prospect on Scout.com. He timed in the 40 at 4.45 and in the shuttle at 4.72. Scout ranks Sands No. 149 overall for running backs in the nation, including No. 20 in Florida. He led the state of Florida for rushing per carry at 14.0 yards and was highly recruited. Sands helped St. Thomas Aquinas two back-to-back state 7A titles. The team ended the season No. 8 in the nation. Sands was rated No. 13 prior to his senior season by the Miami Herald in its “Broward Class of 2015”. He also was a punt and kick returner at St. Thomas Aquinas. He played in the TRU Sports Foundation’s Private vs. Public All-Star Football Showcase last month.
Taylor Thomas RB | 5-8 | 175 | Jacksonville, FL | Ed White
Thomas helped Ed White High to the 6A playoffs last season. Thomas timed in at 4.47 in the 40. He had 1,666 rushing yards as a senior and member of the Florida “Super 24”. He is a Jacksonville Times First Team member. As a junior, he ran for 897 yards and seven touchdowns -- averaging 13.2 yards per carry in a Wing-T scheme. Thomas is a standout returner, posting 24 kick returns for touchdowns. He was two-time all-conference. He played in the West Coast Bowl in California, an event for top high school football players.
Omar Hicks-Onu S | 6-1 | 172 | Carrollton, TX | Hebron
Played just five games his senior year due to injury. He timed in the 40 at 4.38 and the shuttle at 4.28. Elite Scouting Services rated him among its top 100 defensive back prospects in Texas prior to the 2014 season. Hicks-Onu is an excellent sprinter and has a leg in the 100 and 200 meter relay teams at Hebron.
Hicks-Onu on Coach Andersen – “I’m excited about the opportunity. Coach Andersen is super cool and I like how he is a defensive coach, that will help me in the long run as a player.”
Christian Folau LB | 6-1 | 240 | Salt Lake City, UT | East
Christian Folau (pronounced Foe-lau) is a four-star recruit on Scout.com and one of the top linebackers in the country - highly recruited. He played in last month’s Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. He was two-time 4A First Team All-State. He’s had 239 career tackles, including 18 sacks. He has also played running back. He was Student Body President.
Scout's West Coast and National Analyst Greg Biggins saw Folau during the Semper Fi All-American week: "Christian Folau has drawn raves from the West coaching staff for his football instincts, versatility and toughness. He's a pure inside guy and is best known for stuffing the run but has actually looked very comfortable playing in space and even dropping in coverage."
Blake Brandel OL | 6-7 | 275 | Portland, OR | Central Catholic
He helped Central Catholic to back-to-back 6A state titles and was the 2014 Mt. Hood Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He played in last month’s Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl and was two-time 6A First Team. He helped Central Catholic average 46.9 points and 285 rushing yards per game last season. He was a three-star recruit. He also played basketball during his prep career.
From Central Catholic head coach Steve Pyne -- “Blake is a tremendous athlete, competitor and is an unbelievable teammate. In my 25 years of coaching I have not been around a more optimistic or genuine person. He is an outstanding leader on and off the field, and will be a great asset to Oregon State.”
Noah Togiai TE | 6-4 | 220 | Salt Lake City, UT | Hunter
Noah Togiai (pronounced Toag-E-I) was a two-sport athlete (football and basketball) at Hunter High. A three-star tight end by Scout, he was rated No. 39 in the nation at tight end and No. 1 in Utah. Togiai was a 5A Honorable Mention tight end as a senior after suffering a leg injury during the season, and 5A Second Team as a junior. He had 92 receptions for 1,496 yards and 14 touchdowns during his varsity prep career. He was rated a three-star basketball prospect by Scout.com and ESPN as well. He was Utah 5A Second Team in basketball following his junior season after averaging 22 points and 6.8 rebounds – He was 5A Honorable Mention as a sophomore, one of only three in his academic class to earn the honor.
Togiai on his visit to OSU last month -- "Oregon State blew me away. I was expecting a good visit. They treated my mom like a queen and I had an amazing time. I got to spend time with both the basketball staff and the football staff, and I saw everything I was hoping to see and more."
From an opposing basketball coach, courtesy of the Salt Lake Deseret News -- “Noah Togiai is the finest athlete I have recently seen in all of Utah athletics. His ability to stretch the floor offensively creates problems for opponents. We had no answer to his best play.
Shawn Wilson CB | 5-10 | 165 | Pomona, CA | Pomona
Wilson is a Scout.com three-star athlete. Scout.com ranks Wilson No. 98 on its top cornerbacks list in the country, including No. 18 in the West and No. 13 in California. He led Pomona to its first CIF-Southern Section title game since 1928 as a senior, catching 50 passes for 1,375 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also scored four touchdowns as a returner. As a defensive back, he made 88 tackles with six interceptions. He was All-CIF Mid-Valley and All-Miramonte League First Team as a wide receiver. Inland Daily Bulletin All-Inland Offensive Player of the Year and MaxPreps California Division III Second Team.
Tuli Wily-Matagi TE | 6-3 | 230 | Kahuku, HI | Kahuku
Wily-Matagi (pronounced Why-Lee Muh-tongue – EE) is a Scout.com three-star athlete. Scout.com ranks him the 90th best defensive end prospect in the country, 13th in the West and the eighth-best prospect in Hawai’i. He played quarterback at Kahuku. Wily-Matagi passed for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, and added four touchdowns rushing in leading Kahuku to the state title game. Wily-Matagi was also a basketball player, earning honorable mention all-state as a junior. He has a daughter, Zaeria.
Jalen Moore S | 6-1 | 190 | Upland, CA | Upland
Helped Upland to the Baseline Conference title with a 10-3 record. He played just his senior season at Upland after moving to the area from Denver. He had 52 tackles his senior year after playing the shortened season due to transfer regulations. Moore was rated the third-best safety in Colorado by Scout.com prior to moving to California. He had 74 tackles and four interceptions in 2013 at Denver East High School. He was All-Baseline League Second Team on defense and also plays basketball as a shooting guard and forward. He timed in the 40 at 4.56.
Moore on his offer from Oregon State, courtesy of Scout – "When the coaches all told me I had an offer I couldn't believe it. That was really a dream come true for me. The Pac-12, a great program, playing against great competition, I really can't ask for anything else. It's a true blessing. I had to commit, there's nothing else I want. Jordan Villamin and Victor Bolden were two guys that really stood out to me (on his visit to OSU). They were telling me that the new coaching staff is going to help us get to the top. Corvallis was great too, I felt the love and support from the community. The decision was really a no brainer for me. This is surreal to me, but it just shows that hard work pays off. I'm honored and blessed to be part of the Oregon State family. Go Beavs!”
From Doug Kimmel of Scout.com – “Look for Moore to provide an instant impact on special teams. He plays with a reckless abandon."
Hamilton Hunt LB | 6-1 | 205 | Salem, OR | West Salem
Hamilton accepted an official admission letter. He was Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Player of the Year. He runs the 40 in 4.7. Hunt was 6A second team all-state as a senior and first team All-Greater Valley Conference. He led West Salem to the semifinals of last year’s 6A playoffs, making 11 tackles against Tigard. He forced three fumbles in a second round victory over Southridge. He had 114 tackles last season. Hunt was Mid-Valley Conference MVP. He is highly involved in community service participating in over 100 hours. He was also junior class president and an honor roll student throughout grade, middle and high school.
West Salem head coach Shawn Stanley on Hunt, courtesy of the Statesman Journal – “Probably one of the hardest workers we’ve ever had. Practices hard, studies hard. He’s very driven, great character and really is by far and away our best tackler. Really just a guy that transformed himself in the offseason. Plays with a lot of emotion. He’s been, I don’t want to say a surprise because I’ve watched him work, but he’s earned any accolades he’s got.”
Others who have signed with with Oregon State as of 11:32 AM:
10:35 a.m. Treston Decoud CB LA
10:57 a.m. Thor Katoa DT UT
11:25 a.m. Elu Aydon DE AS