Recruiting: Beavs pursuing top talent in West

SCOUT.COM THIS WEEK looked at the No. 1 ranked prospects at their position out West in the Class of 2016. Of those listed, how many does Oregon State have known offers out to, and, does one of the side of the ball hold an edge when it comes to putting a black-and-orange scholie on the table?

Oregon State has known offers out to eight of the 12 Scout.com listed as the No. 1 ranked-prospects at their position in the West.

Five of the eight play on the defensive side of the ball (future position projected by Scout.com). They are:

QB Jacob Eason
RB Chase Lucas
WR Tyler Vaughns
DT Boss Tagaloa (pictured above)
OLB Caleb Kelly
MLB Lokeni Toailoa
CB Byron Murphy
S Shurod Thompson


Here’s what Scout.com had to say about the group out West:

QB: Jacob Eason, Lake Stevens (Wash.)
The region's top quarterback gave an early committment to Georgia but schools are still trying with him. The Northwest has had some good quarterbacks of late but Eason may have more upside than any of them.

RB: Chase Lucas, Chandler (Ariz.)
Lucas is one of the more versatile backs to come out of the West in the last couple of years, able to play running back or even slide out and play receiver. Physical runner who keeps going after contact.

WR: Tyler Vaughns, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
The top receiver prospect in the West, Vaughns also stands atop the national rankings at the position. He's a silky smooth receiver with soft hands, ability to go up and get the ball and deceptively fast.

TE: Devin Asiasi, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
A big and physical tight end, Asiasi has been one of the premier players at his position, regardless of class, for the last couple of years. Can run, block and catch and is as complete a tight end to come from the West in some time.

OT: Jonah Williams, Folsom (Calif.)
Williams spearheaded perhaps the best offensive line in the West this past fall at Folsom, protecting record-setting quarterback Jake Browning. A versatile lineman who could play tackle or guard in college.

OG: Michael Eletise, Honolulu (Hawaii) Kaiser
Eletise is a punishing road-grader who is physical and nasty in the trenches. After a strong year on the defensive line in Hawaii, its an offensive linemen who leads the group this year from the state.

DT: Boss Tagaloa, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Will be a four-year starter for the Spartans, impressive for any player, but even more so at De La Salle. Had a monster junior season that catapulted him to the top of the interior line rankings in the West.

DE: Breland Brandt, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward
A basketball player by trade, Brandt has only played football for two years but may have the most physical upside of any prospect, regardless of position, in the region. A pass-rushing specialist, Brandt will likely grow into a hand-down end in college.

OLB: Caleb Kelly, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West
The West's No. 1 prospect overall in this class, Kelly has tremendous athleticism to drop into coverage, quickness and strength to get in to the backfield and the instincts and range coaches covet in a linebacker. One of the better open-field tacklers from the West in a while.

MLB: Lokeni Toailoa, Rialto (Calif.) Carter
Like Kelly, Toailoa is a sideline-to-sideline 'backer with good pass coverage ability, quickness to get to the backs and make the tackle and the high football IQ to quarterback the defense.

CB: Byron Murphy, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
The top prospect in Arizona, Murphy is a long and rangy corner with tremendous ball skills and big playmaking ability.

S: Shurod Thompson, Pittsburg (Calif.)
Pitt has produced a slew of talented defensive backs in the past decade and Thompson continues that run, bringing big hitting ability, closing speed and a nose for the ball.

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