Recruiting Analysis: Offense Part I

The horses are making the final turn and preparing to sprint for the home stretch. Coaches all over America are wrapping up their seasons and moving on from their coaching duties to their coaxing duties.

The men in charge will be logging more frequent flyer and rental car miles over the next 40 days than most people do in a lifetime. Players will be committing and de-committing, tripping and not showing up for their flights, putting smiles on your faces, and breaking your hearts. But it all comes down to this, they are 17 and 18 year old kids who are being asked to make extremely important decisions.

The same kids who six months ago had a hard time deciding if they were going to have Taco Bell or McDonalds for dinner are now expected to decide their football futures. They are being asked to decide between Tech and State, immediate playing time or red-shirting, West Coast or East Coast, staying home or moving to a new part of the country, and a plethora of other deciding factors. Oh, and by the way, have you decided where you want to go to dinner yet?

Most people in cyberspace have not had to make a decision this important at such a young age. Sure, you decided where you wanted to go to college, but there were no penalties if you decided to transfer because you didn’t like it. You most likely didn’t have to deal with phone calls and letters from coaches every day. You also probably didn’t have to fit trips to schools in between graduating, athletics, and everyday life. These kids, who often make their decisions for the wrong reason, can cost themselves their football future by making wrong decisions. So, these players begin making their decisions when the time feels right and hopefully for the right reasons.

Over the past several months a few players have felt that the Oregon State coaches, football program, and school was the right combination for them. Let’s take a look at the players who have made the decision to attend OSU as well as the players that OSU is still pursuing. Let’s start with the players on the offensive side of the ball.


Current Commits:

  1. Brian Hildebrand (6-2, 190) - An EA Sports Elite 11 selection who had an excellent season throwing and rushing the ball…demonstrated the ability to get out of a sack and gain positive yardage…received first team all league honors as a senior…one of the top quarterbacks at the Southern California and Northern California Nike camps this summer…a great pick up for the Beavers, but is still being pursued by UCLA and will trip to L.A. on Jan 16th.

  2. C.J. Bacher (6-2, 180) - Another great dual threat quarterback ranked #31 in the nation by…named top prep QB in the greater Sacramento area, and a two time all league selection at quarterback…led team to the CIF Division I championship as a junior...Beavs held off late push by Northwestern who had Bacher as their number one QB all season long.

  3. Michael Perri (6-3, 205) - An early August commit who had a decent season with 1700-plus yards passing and over 20 touchdowns…led team to playoffs along with OSU running back prospect Patrick Fuller…still being courted by Boise State, but is a solid commit.

Still Pursuing: None

Current Grade: A-

Outlook: Hildenbrand and Bacher are two of the top mobile QB’s on the West Coast and if both sign on LOI day this could be one of OSU’s best all around quarterback classes ever. They will make Beaver fans forget the name Ainge in no time at all.


Running Backs

Current Commits:

  1. Mike Jones (6-0, 230) - One of the top college prospects in the state of Oregon…a second team all-state selection who is a tough, bruising runner bruiser who has the respect of all that he plays against…has the frame and the speed to possibly be a great linebacker…can also get those hard last yards into the end zone or for the first down…# 20 player in the Pacific NW.

Still Pursuing:

  1. Patrick Fuller (6-0, 200) - Very highly recruited tailback out of Southern California…being courted by Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona State...his high school quarterback, Michael Perri, has already committed to OSU...Fuller has had the Beavers leading on and off all season and really likes the Beavers history of great running backs…one of OSU’s top priorities…could compete for immediate playing time.

  2. Arian Foster (6-1, 205) - San Diego back finished season with over 1600 yards and 17 TD’s…is looking all over the country for a home…Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Oregon and Oregon State are his top 5…an early sleeper, who has been discovered and will have an immediate impact if he selects the right school…not as many stars as Fuller, but some say a better running back.

  3. J.T. Diederichs (6-2, 218) - The Washington State commit is still on the Beavers wish list and could possibly take a trip in early January.

  4. Patrick Gates (5-10, 175) - Another San Diego area prospect…favors the Beavers over San Deigo State (offer) and USC (no offer)…a three star back who had 1900 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior year while leading his team to a 13 and 0 season.

Current Grade: D+

Outlook: If we fail to pick up one of these 4 RB’s this will be an extremely disappointing class, not that Jones is a bad back, but the line of great RB’s over the last 7 years at OSU needs a Foster or a Fuller to continue with this class.

Part two of the article will be posted on Thursday.  James Greule can be reached at

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