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Signing Day Breakdown of the Oregon State Beavers

BeaverBlitz.com takes a closer look at the 2017 class of recruits on the most popular recruiting day of the year.

The Big Fish 

The Beavers landed a gem in wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. After committing to the Beavers in the fall, Hodgins signed during the early signing period and enrolled early and he has already turned heads.  The big bodied receiver has great great body control and the ability to catch anything thrown in his vacinity. He is also springy for a big guy and can out jump defenders in the redzone.

Instant Impact Player

Sometimes junior college players fly a bit under the radar, but if there is one player that the Beavers signed that will make an instant impact, it is defensive tackle Craig Evans.  Evans is a tenacious defender who should help shore up the Beavers front, especially important in the 3-4 defense that the Beavers run. While Evans was rated a three-star as a junior college player, he was a four-star talent out of high school and should be considered a four-star addition to the class.

The Sleeper

Georgia defensive back Justin Gardner flew under the radar much of the recruiting cycle, but Coach Andersen saw something early that he liked in the 6-foot-1 cornerback and offered him on the spot. Gardner committed soon after and remained true to his commitment, even when approached by other programs.  Gardner is long and fluid as an athlete and could prove to be the surprise player in this class.

The One Who Got Away

A few players got away this cycle, but none hurt quite as much as offensive tackle George Moore.  The four-star junior college lineman told BeaverBlitz in December that he was planning to be a Beaver, but he never went public with that commitment.  Instead his recruitment skyrocketed and he spent January criss-crossing the country making visits.  In the end he committed to the Beavers rival Oregon on Signing Day Eve.

2017 Signing Class

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