Spring evaluation period begins on April 15 and runs through May. This is a chance for the coaches to hit the road and watch prospects perform on the field, both with their high school teammates and at camps and combines held throughout the country. With the Beavers own spring practice in the books, the staff is able to be completely organized when they hit the road.
Over this week, we will be listing the players with early offers and those to watch who could see their Oregon State interest increase. Time to jump into the trenches and take a look at the Beavers defensive tackle needs.
The Beavers add JC transfer Craig Evans to the mix this summer, but that leaves the Beavers with three upperclassmen and two sophomores, including Katoa who has battled injury during his entire time in Corvallis. The Beavers have the commitment of Isaac Hodgins, but really need to sign one more defensive tackle in 2018.
CURRENT DEFENSIVE TACKLE:
Offers: ASU, Boise St., BYU, Cal, Fresno, Michigan, Ohio St., Oregon State, Oregon, Penn St., UCLA, TCU, USC, Vanderbilt, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington St., Wisconsin
BeaverBlitz Notes: Long shot for the Beavs at this point. His childhood favorite school was USC, and he is excited about his Washington offer as well, which he said is his leader right now. He would like to go through the process however and does not plan to make an early commitment.
Offers: Baylor, Houston, Nebraska, Oregon State, Texas Tech
BeaverBlitz Notes: Jason Phillips will be a huge asset for the Beavers as they look to expand recruiting into the talent rich Houston area. Landry was excited to get his Oregon State offer, but will need to make a visit.
Offers: Oregon State
BeaverBlitz Notes: The Beavers have a good relationship with Salt Lake City (Utah) East, which could help with the recruiting of Heimuli. He's been overshadowed by teammate Paul Maile, but has good size already for a prep tackle prospect (already 280). It would be quite a trifecta to land Heimuli, Maile and former teammate/returning missionary Christian Folau.
Offers: BYU, Cal, Colorado, Fresno, Georgia Tech, Oregon State, Princeton, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin
BeaverBlitz Notes: Maile has not named any favorites, but Stanford intrigues him and he plans to camp with them this spring. Former Beaver DT and current DL coach at Wisconsin Inoke Breckterfield has recently offered Maile and he'd like to get out to Madison to check out the Badgers.
PROSPECTS TO WATCH:
Offers: Boise St., Michigan St., Nevada, Princeton, UNLV, Utah, Vanderbilt
BeaverBlitz Notes: Utah defensive lineman who has Utah and Michigan State high on his list. Many Blitzer's will remember his cousin Mufi Hunt, who came down to Oregon State and Michigan State. He chose the Spartans.
Offers: UCLA, Arizona
BeaverBlitz Notes: At 6-foot-3, 310 pounds Liu already has good size to play tackle for the Beavers. Oregon State has seen great success recruiting Northern California and the Polynesian community at Oregon State is very close knit, especially among the defensive linemen. Definitely one on the BeaverBlitz board.