This just in: OSU-Florida pipeline on blast

FROM THE MOMENT assistant coach Telly Lockette was hired by Gary Andersen, the talk of Florida as an Oregon State recruiting ground began. But surely few predicted the Beavs first three recruits in the 2016 class would come from the Sunshine State. The last verbal pledge, wide receiver Javonte Ferguson, is rated two-stars but look at his offers list: he chose OSU over Michigan State and others. calls Javonte Ferguson an "electric" wide receiver. Michigan State, West Virginia, Mizzou and others all thought so, putting scholie offers on the table for the dynamic 5-8, 160-pounder. But he chose OSU over them.

Corner Jadarius Byrd and safety Devon Clarke, both Floridians, have also pledged to play their college ball at Oregon State.

Lockette comes from South Florida, where he spent the past two years in his first collegiate assistant coaching job (also running backs).

USF had just three players on the roster from Miami-Dade County, a thriving recruiting hotbed, when he arrived on March 2, 2013. Lockette surpassed that number in just one recruiting season, helping sign four freshmen from Miami high schools to USF.

The primary reason for Lockette's success in the area? He's one of them.

Lockette was the head coach at Miami Central High, where he won 60 games and two state titles in five seasons.

Other new assistants at Oregon State, such as new defensive backs coach Derrick Odum, also have ties to Florida, having recruited Florida for SMU (as well as Texas).

Oregon State is not expected to go head to head with FSU, Florida and Miami in many cases. But there is a lot of talent in the state, so much that dozens of schools, Central Florida, Wake, Rutgers, NC State, just to name a few, have signed prospects who went on to play in the NFL.

In other words, there's talent to be had for a Pac-12 school like Oregon State - if they have a dynamic recruiting presence. In Lockette, they do.

And we're at the very beginning of this. Imagine what happens if/when Florida talent begins to flourish at Oregon State.

The geographical disadvantage OSU will continue to shrink. on Ferguson: The elusive playmaker can take the top off a defense in a hurry and is flat-out electric with the pigskin in his hands. He'll likely have the opportunity to return kicks in college and excels in that department as well.

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