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BeaverBlitz Recruiting War Room: Thanksgiving Edition

The Thanksgiving War Room at BeaverBlitz has become a tradition for Beaver fans who crave some recruiting information before their turkey and pumpkin pie. Who are the Beavers top targets? Check inside.

Our Thanksgiving War Room is always a big hit.  As recruiting hits the final stretch and the targets become more clear, it is a perfect time to take a closer look at where the Beavers are at and where they are heading come February 1, 2017.


COMMITS TAKING A MISSION (Ceremonial Signings)





Evans has made it no secret that the Beavs are his top choice and with a commitment on the verge of happening anytime, the Beavs appear to be the odds on favorite for his commitment.  Rumor has it that he will be up on an unofficial visit for Civil War. I would put money on him committing then and it could build momentum into securing several other commitments from prospects while they are on their visits.


Cole has been a top target for the Beavers’ staff for several months now. The relationship Cole has with Coach Andersen dates back to his recruitment as a prep. He has recently seen several new programs get in contact including Ole Miss, Mississippi State & Kentucky. I feel pretty good about where the Beavers are sitting in Cole’s recruitment, but how the Beavs play in the Civil War could end up being the deciding factor for Cole. Play well and win, Cole sees that things are on the rise; play poorly and lose, I feel like he will look harder at the other programs.


Here’s the series of events leading into this weekend.  Lane transfers to Independence CC earlier this year, starts receiving interest and offers from some Group of 5 programs and committed to the University of Texas at San Antonio. AS his season progressed, more offers came in that left him questioning his commitment. A little over a month ago, Oregon State began speaking with him and an offer was extended two weeks ago with an official visit set up Civil War. Then this past weekend, he de-committed from  UTSA. As the December signing day for JUCO athletes approaches, a decision should be forthcoming. Will the stars align this weekend and Lane commit to Building the Dam?


Oregon State has been on Agasiva since the beginning, having offered the Hawaiian native last December as a true freshman at Pima. As the offers started to stack up, Agasiva looked around but has saved his last OV for the program that first offered him, OSU. Being on campus with a number of other JUCO athletes this weekend, the coaches are hoping he bonds with them, while enjoying a beat down of the Ducks. Will it be enough to earn his commitment?


Pili remains on the list this week despite the shuffling and addition of all the JUCO athletes. He is the staff’s #1 remaining in-state target and they will not go down without a fight to signing day for Pili. With an upcoming visits to USC and a couple others in the works (Colorado & UCLA), the Beavers’ staff will have to devout a good amount of resources to securing his commitment as we approach the sprint to signing day.


If we had more certainty in whether he was actually going to visit earlier this fall, then he would have been a staple in the War Room and watch lists. But it has seemed that he was enamored with the SEC and even a visit to Oregon State was up in the air. Up until Tuesday evening that is, as Nixon took to Twitter to announce he would be in attendance for the Civil War. If Evans makes the trip up to Corvallis and commits, it would go a long way in Nixon’s recruitment. Add in a Beavers victory and we could be looking at another high profile JUCO recruit committing to the Beavers.


What was once lost has now been found again. 3 weeks ago it seemed that the Beavs were on the outside looking in for Calvin’s commitment. Now with momentum on their side with the Hodgins coming aboard and a win over Arizona, the Beavers seem to be back in the thick of things. And then Sunday night happened. A somewhat cryptic tweet from Jamire spoke of the end of his high school career and the beginning of his collegiate career, alongside his best friend Arex Flemings. That led to both Arex and Jeffrey Manning directing a social media campaign for him to #BTD17 and #JamireToCorvallis. We’ll have to wait until January to find out where he’s going to commit as he plans to do so at the Army All-American game.


Clarke visited for the Arizona game and all accounts were that he had a great time, as did his family.  The Beavers need offensive linemen and Onesimus has been high on the Beavers radar for quite some time.  He is a possibly taking a church mission, but that isn't completely set in stone just yet.  The Beavers need young playmakers to come in and build depth on the line for years to come and Lutu-Clarke is one of the top targets.


It’s had long been rumored that Johnson might be visiting Oregon State this weekend, and it was confirmed Wednesday that he would use his final trip to visit Oregon State. It would make sense given his friendship with Keisean Nixon, to have him them both on campus at the same time. The Beavs are a long shot for Johnson, who they are recruiting as an ATH, but it doesn’t hurt to have friends on campus together.


Watson tripped to OSU earlier this fall and enjoyed it so much that he decommitted from WSU shortly after returning home. A more recent visit was taken to BYU and more appear to be on the horizon. The Beavers have always recruited the Islands well and will definitely make Watson a priority against as their season comes to an end.


With his Phantom teammates Arex Flemings and Jeffrey Manning already committed to the Beavs, and renewed interest from Jamire Calvin, the pressure is on from some of his closest friends to give the Beavers a look. And it appears that Echols is entertaining the thoughts of at least taking a trip to Corvallis come January. If the Beavs were to poach the Scout top-300 athlete, it would arguably be the biggest poach in program history.


How does one best describe the sprint to signing day? Poaching season. As far as Falaniko’s recruitment is concerned, the Beavers have always recruited American Samoa well and with OLB Coach Chad Kauha’aha’a racking up the frequent flier miles, I could easily see Falaniko at least tripping to Oregon State. The Beavers also could have a need for an OLB in this class if commit David Morris ends up a S.


Terrell visited Oregon State recently, and liked what he saw on his visit.  The trip was also eye opening for his family who walked away impressed with Oregon State, the campus and coaches.  Terrell is high on BYU and they may be the team to beat.  The Beavers are looking to take one tight end this year with Carson Terrell and Sire Woods leading the list.


Like Onesimus Lutu-Clarke, Mo Unutoa has visited Oregon State and fits the bill for a big prep offensive linemen, that is critical for the Beavers success in building a foundation on the line.  Unutoa has been very quiet in his recruitment, but expect the Beavers to be in it until the end.


Oregon State tripped Venable while he was committed to Washington State.  The trip to Corvallis opened his eyes and a few days after his return home, he de-committed from the Cougars.  With a visit to WSU slated for early December, look for Venable to make his decision in the near future.  He has a good connection with Isaiah Hodgins and target Charles Moku-Watson.

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