Chase Cota (Kevin Carden)

Spring Recruiting Primer: Wide Receivers

Wide receiver is always an important target for the Beavers on the recruiting trail. BeaverBlitz breaks down the early targets prior to Spring Evaluation Period.

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 the remainder of this week, we will be listing the players with early offers and those to watch who could see their Oregon State interest increase.  

With the numbers the way they are, expect the Beavers to sign three to four wide receivers in this recruiting class.


Villamin Collins Bradford Hodgins
Jarmon Hernandez Taylor
Hawkins Short Allen


Offers: Basically everyone (including all schools in the PAC 12 except Stanford).

BeaverBlitz Notes: Hall is a talented receiver and the top rated recruit at any position that the Beavers have offered.  That being said, the chances of him even visiting Oregon State are very slim.

Offers: Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, WSU

BeaverBlitz Notes: Cota is a Duck legacy, but Cal may be making the biggest impression as he has long standing relationships with many of the Golden Bears new coaches.  Oregon State was the first to offer Cota and the Beavers are trying their best to stay in the running. Cota did come to the Beavers Junior Day and has been to campus several times over the last few years.

Offers: Auburn, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss, Oregon State

BeaverBlitz Notes: Jones originally pledged to LSU in January and then backed off that pledge in February.  Jones told BeaverBlitz that he didn't know much about the Beavers yet and that it is a school that he would look at taking an official visit to this season.

Offers: ASU, Cal, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah

BeaverBlitz Notes: Oregon State has a deep connection with 4-star receiver Isaah Crocker. He plays on Team TMP, and could join four of his former teammates in Corvallis if he pledges the Beavs (Hodgins, Cotton, Willard, Dunn). Crocker attended the Beavers Spring Game/Junior Day and will no doubt have his friends in his ear this season.  Notre Dame was a big offer for the receiver, and it is expected he takes several visits this fall.

Offers: Arizona, Arkansas, Houston, KSU, Miami, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Penn St, TCU, Vanderbilt, WSU, Wisconsin

BeaverBlitz Notes: Jackson is being recruited by Jason Phillips who already had familiarity with the four-star receiver before arriving at OSU.  Expect the Beavers to be in on Jackson until the end.

Offers: Arizona, ASU, Bowling Green, Cal, Colorado, CSU, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon State, San Jose St, Utah, WSU

BeaverBlitz Notes: Thomas is high on the Beavers hot board and for good reason, the four-star prospect has great size and good speed for the position. Thomas was originally planning to attend OSU's Jr. Day, but another commitment came up.  He told BeaverBlitz that he hopes to make a trip this summer.

Offers: Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon State, Oregon, USC, WSU

BeaverBlitz Notes: Four-star Smith hasn't seen the offers flooding in like many of his peers.  He is out to prove everyone wrong and had one of his best performances recently during a 7-on-7 tournament.  USC is thought to be the leader, but the Beavs are definitely still in the hunt.

Offers: Baylor, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon State, Wisconsin

BeaverBlitz Notes: Knox is another Coach Phillips find and a recruit that would fit in well with the Beavers offense.  He is a 6-foot, 185 pound speedster who could really play a few different positions.  Look for the Beavers to get an official visit from Knox this fall.

Offers: Cornell, Hawaii, Montana State, Nevada, Oregon State, Weber State

BeaverBlitz Notes: Arias attended Oregon State's Jr. Day and liked what he saw.  The three-star receiver lists Oregon State as his only Power 5 offer, which goes a long way with the Washington recruit.  He is definitely primed to see the offers skyrocket with a big spring season ahead.

Offers: Hawaii, Montana St, Nevada, Oregon State

BeaverBlitz Notes: Like Daniel Arias, the Beavers were the first (and only) Power 5 conference to offer.  In-state Washington and WSU are keeping close tabs on Stell, but the Beaver offer is big for the 5-foot-10, 170 pound receiver out of Rainier Beach.  He attended the Beavers Jr. Day and liked what he saw. Like Arias, his stock could rise once the evaluation period begins.

Offers: Hawaii, Oregon State

BeaverBlitz Notes: The last of a trifecta of offers to Washington wide receivers, Starling has great size at 6-foot-4 and is a big target.  BYU, Utah and Utah State are also watching him very closely.

Offers: Oregon State

BeaverBlitz Notes: Another offer coming directly from position coach Jason Phillips, Hopkins is flying under the radar, but Phillips knows what he is looking for in a receiver and isn't afraid to offer.  Expect Hopkins to visit OSU on an official visit in the fall.

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