Did Beavs fill their needs in class?

WITH A CONDENSED time to recruit and a small pool available after Gary Andersen and crew arrived in December, did the Beavers fill their needs with the 2015 signing class?

The answer to that question is yes. True, the Beavs lost three-star verbal DE pledge Keivonnis Davis to the local school (Florida) -- but they gained far more than they lost.

DT Elu Aydon (pictured above) is "big, physical, tough-minded defensive tackle," said Andersen. Winning him away from Wisconsin was a big deal. And speedy wideout Paul Lucas had a lot of other choices -- ASU, Arizona, UCLA, Notre Dame and others. He was a big get for the staff in '15. Wide receivers coach Brent Brennan played a key role in signing him, Andersen said.

Those are two very big late gets.

The Beaver coaches are hoping long cornerback Treston Decoud from Northwest Mississippi Community College will call to mind Steven Nelson over the course of his Beaver career, another lightly recruited JUCO corner who excelled at OSU.

And the Beavers went heavy on defensive backs in taking five. That's one of the big takeaways from the class.

Those five were Decoud, S Jay Irvine of Jacksonville, Florida; CB Shawn Wilson of Pomona, California; S Jalen Moore of Upland, California; and Omar Hicks-Onu of Carrollton, Texas.

Hicks-Onu was one of the prep defensive backs Andersen singled out as having a good chance to play early for the Beavs. Moore was one Andersen said he was amazed he didn't have a bunch of offers when OSU offered, calling him a big, powerful safety.

Oregon State took three running backs, three o-tackles, three safeties, two corners, two d-ends, one d-tackle, two linebackers, one punter, one quarterback and one tight end.

The other big takeaway was how heavy the Beavs went on Polynesian players, further strengthening that pipeline to Oregon State with DE Simi Moala, TE Noah Togiai, LB Christian Folau, Aydon, RB Lopini Katoa (2-year mission), DE Lopini Katoa and OT Miki Fifita.

The Beavs closed very well with Decoud, Irvine, Moala and Lucas all deciding for the Beavers on Signing Day. They were part of seven signees who committing during the past week or so.

Time will tell, as it does with all recruiting classes. But given the short time-frame after Andersen came on board, the small pool remaining from December on, the Beavs won the fourth quarter.

  • Lopini Katoa will go on a two-year mission before arriving at Oregon State. He will play running back, not linebacker, Andersen said.

  • Oregon State will continue to recruit Florida with Telly Lockette on point but it won't be limited to just the Sunshine State. Andersen said "the Southeast" is a priority, with OSU looking to pull recruits from Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia in addition to Florida.

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