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. Defensive end recruiting will be important this year as the Beavers look to replace three seniors.
The Beavers did not sign any defensive ends with the 2017 class, however Isaac Garcia is now a true freshman as he greyshirted. Expect the Beavers to sign up to three defensive ends in this recruiting class.
CURRENT DEFENSIVE ENDS:
Offers: Cal, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Oregon, Pitt, Rutgers, UCF, USF, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
BeaverBlitz Notes: Upshaw recently added an Oregon State offer and is the blend of size and length that Coach Clune is looking for in his defensive ends. Upshaw measures over 6-foot-5 and moves well for his size. His father played in the NFL with Oregon defensive line coach, Joe Salavea, so there is a connection to the Ducks, but Upshaw is not ready to name any leaders.
Offers: Boston College, Cal, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Oregon State, UCF, USF, Wake Forest
BeaverBlitz Notes: Another Florida defensive end that the Beavers recently offered, Ahanotu's father played football at Cal. Iowa State and Minnesota are two programs recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
Offers: Cal, Colorado, Duke, Harvard, Nebraska, Oregon State, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Utah, WSU
BeaverBlitz Notes: Local Wilsonville, Oregon prospect with several impressive offers, including eight PAC 12 programs. We saw Bynum at Oregon State's Junior Day and he is every bit of the 6-foot-5, 250 pounds that he is listed at. Oregon State obviously has a battle, but he would be a big recruiting win as Coach Andersen continues to work to lock up in-state players.
Offers: Louisville, Auburn, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami, Mississippi St, Oregon State, Oregon
BeaverBlitz Notes: Hicks plays for storied Miami Central, Telly Lockette's old stomping ground. Hicks has seen a big uptick in his recruitment and while BeaverBlitz considers the OSU to be a longshot, they are still under consideration. Louisville has made a strong impression and the Ducks recent offer also stood out to the 6-foot-2, 210 pound prospect.
Offers: Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State, Washington
BeaverBlitz Notes: Coach Chad definitely knows Hawaii and has connections there. Tupuola-Fetui is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end at 6-foot-4, 240, but he moves fluidly for his size. While he plans to take his time with his recruitment, Washington does appear to be the team to beat for him early in the process.
Offers: Navy, Oregon State
BeaverBlitz Notes: Emmsley was identified early by Coach Chad and he is definitely high on the BeaverBlitz board. Kapolei is traditionally a strong program which produces talent. Sometimes academics can be an issue with lower offeree prospects, but a Navy offer indicates that all should be well with his academic progress.
Offers: Kentucky, Oregon State, Villanova
BeaverBlitz Notes: Should the Beavers look to the junior college ranks, Wade is definitely an intriguing prospect. As a freshman at San Diego Mesa College he accounted for 55 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He is strong in run stopping and is working on more finesse in his game. He is expecting to graduate in December 2017 and would have three years to play two at the next level.