We decided to dive into the past five recruiting classes to look at the highest rated players, currently on the roster, at each position. Some are a bit surprising and some will have you nodding your head in agreement.
While not currently on the roster, the highest rated signee the Beavers have had since 2013 is linebacker Christian Folau, who was the eight ranked linebacker in the country. Folau is currently serving his LDS Church mission.
- The highest rated defensive player currently on the roster is cornerback Christian Wallace (#11). He has yet to see the field.
- Sticking with corners, Xavier Crawford had a breakout year in 2016, but was rated #96 out of high school.
- Interestingly, the highest ranked quarterback on the roster is Mason Moran, who never saw the field at quarterback and recently changed positions to safety.
- The Beavers only have one wide receiver who ranks in the top 100, and he signed in this class (Isaiah Hodgins).
- Kammy Delp was the highest rated offensive lineman on the roster, and he has seen ver limited playing time.
- Not surprising at all is the fact that Ryan Nall was the highest rated offensive player out of high school. He was ranked the #13 full back in the 2014 class.
- Two major contributors on defense: Bright Ugwoegbu and Dwayne Williams were not rated by Scout.
The top rated offensive player currently on the Beavers roster is Ryan Nall who was rated number 13 at fullback according to Scout.
Kammy Delp was rated the #23 offensive guard, while Sumner Houston was rated #60 as a defensive end out of high school. Yanni Demogerontas (94), Miki Fifita (96) and Blake Brandel (98) round out the list of top five offensive linement based upon recruiting rankings.
As noted Ryan Nall came out of high school rated as the #13 full back in the country. He has more than lived up to that billing. Artavis Pierce was ranked as the #91 running back in the nation when he signed in 2016.
Running backs Taylor Thomas (134) did not qualify, Lopini Katoa (135) LDS Mission, and Deltron Sands (149) dismissed from team, were all rated in 2015 class.
The Beavers have had their struggles at quarterback recently, on the recruiting front Mason Moran was the highest rated quarterback that the Beavers have on their current roster, rated #66 in the country at quarterback when he came out of high school. Marcus McMaryion was rated #74 in the country while Darell Garretson was a two-star quarterback ranked #134 in the nation back in 2013. Jake Luton was not ranked in 2014 when he signed with Idaho.
The highest rated quarterback that the Beavers recruited during this five year span was Kyle Kempt (41). Nick Mitchell was also rated higher than the current quarterbacks on the roster at 57, although both were recruited to a pro-style offense.
The wide receivers are currently led by two early enrollees. Isaiah Hodgins was the 26th ranked receiver in 2017, while Kolby Taylor was rated at 111. Hodgins took some lumps during spring camp, but also took huge strides and should be one to watch this fall. Taylor has been slow to return to the field after suffering a broken leg during high school.
Noah Togiai was rated #39 by Scout in 2015. He has proven to be a solid tight end, and was sorely missed last season.
Defensive end Isaac Garcia checks in at the #70 ranked defensive end in the 2016 class. Elu Aydon (79), Kalani Vakameilalo (93), and Lamone Williams (154) round out the highest rated d-linemen. Interestingly, Titus Failauga was not rated out of high school.
Andrzej Hughes-Murray tops the list of linebackers on the roster at 35. Doug Taumoelau (73), Ricky Liuchan (91), Hamilcar Rashed (113), and Shemar Smith (133). Manase Hungalu and Bright Ugwoegbu were not rated out of high school.
Shurod Thompson was rated #20, but did not enroll at Oregon State due to personal reasons.
Christian Wallace was also listed as a safety in the Scout rankings in 2016, where he was ranked as the #11 safety in the nation.
Aside from Wallace, Charles Okonkwo is the highest rated corner currently on the Beavers roster (83). He has been hampered by injuries and has not seen action. Freshman All-American Xavier Crawford was rated #96 in the nation, while Jay Irvine was rated 114. Irvine showed glimpses of what he could do last season before being sidelined with a season ending shoulder injury.