Recruiting Analysis: Offense Part II

James Greule finishes his analysis on the Oregon State recruits on the offensive side with the wide receivers, offensive line, and kickers.

Wide Receivers

Current Commits:

  1. Sammie Stroughter (5-11, 180) - Future slot receiver for the Beavs…is super fast (4.35 forty)…was all-purpose selection for Sacramento Area as well as league MVP…played fly back in high school…had a ton of yards in rushing, receiving and returning for his squad…nice kid who could challenge for immediate playing time.

  2. James Lewis (6-0, 200) - A solid pick up by the Beavers who got the California/ Flordia bowl selection over Arizona State, Arizona and Washington…big strong receiver who has been overshadowed by his high school teammates, but is possibly the best out of the three that will receive scholarships…Arizona is reported to be making a late push on him.

  3. Zach Tarver (6-5, 190) - A tall, rangy, athletic receiver who joins teammate Mike Jones as a Beaver commit…good leaping ability, but a little slow on the 40 time makes Zach a project who will hopefully improve…#40 player in the Pacific NW.

  4. Kevin Swanigan (6-3, 200) - A junior college transfer who is big and fast with 4.4 speed…relatively unknown in recruiting circles...spent half the season out with an injury, but was a contributor to the Rams State Championship Team…will enroll at OSU for spring ball giving him a better chance to learn the system and compete for a starting position…originally form the Sacramento area where he was an all-city selection in high school.

Still Pursuing:

  1. Lavelle Hawkins (5-11, 165) - One of the top wide receivers on the West Coast…a four star player whose team lost in the CIF finals to Sacramento powerhouse Grant…has an unreal list of suitors, but has selected Oklahoma, LSU, Miami, Washington, and OSU for his five trips…claims no leader at this time.

  2. Keston Cheathem (6-2, 185) - Excellent prospect who has Oregon State in top three along with Michigan (DB) and Colorado (WR)…will announce at California/Floria bowl on Jan 2nd where he will play college ball…has the size to match up with the defensive backs in the Pac-10...teammates with OSU defensive end recruit Eugene Germany.

  3. B.J. Dennard (6-1, 175) - Is being recruited harder than his stars would suggest…Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, and OSU are in the running...his parents would like him to go to ASU to be close to home…teammate of highly touted OSU recruit Uriah Marshall…they may go as a package deal.

  4. Marcel Love (6-1, 185) - Teammate of Kevin Swannigan, very little info on Love and much like Swannigan he is flying under the radar all season long.

Current Grade: B

Outlook: Tarver, Lewis, and Stroughter are a very good base for this position, but the addition of a Hawkins or Chetham will raise this class’s grade to an A. Look for other possible wide receivers in the athletes section.


Offensive Line

Current Commits:

  1. Andy Levitre (6-3, 310) - Lineman of the year for Santa Cruz Costal League…a big lineman who got a lot smaller before the season losing 30 pounds to increase his mobility…needs to continue to work on his overall game, but could be a huge find for the OSU.

  2. Chris Miller (6-6, 340) - The All-Nor-Cal conference offensive tackles is rumored to be committed to the Beavers, but we are still waiting on confirmation from the hard to reach O-lineman…has the size to compete for a starting job…95% chance he will be an OSU Beaver.

Still Pursuing:

  1. Chilo Rachal (6-5, 310) - An USC commit who has started taking more trips with the signing of two blue chip o-linemen to the Trojan program (the #1 prep and the #1 JC lineman have both committed)…had OSU in top three before committing early…high school teammates hard hittin’ Harvey Whiten and Anthony Wheat-Brown…will be tempted to commit to a school where he might start as a true freshman.

  2. Bradis McGriff (6-5, 300) - First it was California, now Arizona State. Hopefully soon it will be the Beavers….dominant on both sides of the ball, but could be a mammoth left tackle for OSU who could protect our quarterback’s backsides until the NFL comes calling…strong and agile…will be an impact player.

  3. Adam Speer (6-2, 265) - The # 65 offensive lineman in the nation favors the Beavers…smaller lineman at 265, but runs a 4.9 and is strong with 24 reps at the Nike combine…likes to mix it up and pancakes players left and right when he is not dominating on the defensive side of the ball…90% chance he signs with Oregon State.

  4. Brent Russum (6-4, 268) - Took early trip to OSU and will have a very busy January visiting Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, and Washington…does not have a leader yet…slim chance he will wear orange and black.

  5. Pernell Booth (6-3, 280) - Best lineman in Montana...will decide between Oregon and Oregon State...OSU will probably land him as Dwan Edwards, a sure fire first round draft pick from Montana, will be his host.

  6. Cornelius Thomas (6-6, 310) - Mammoth prospect who was an all-league selection for City College of San Francisco…teammate of current OSU signee Kevin Swanigan…the Beavs have a pipeline with CCSF and are using it this year…will decide between OSU, BYU, and NC State.

Current Grade: C

Outlook: This is an area where OSU has struggled this year. They need to bolster their numbers for the future, as well as getting some immediate help. Look for Oregon to pull the rest of their offensive line offers when the reach give commits from good lineman. This could weigh in heavily on Russum’s and Booth’s decisions. Look for OSU to go hard after Rachal and McGriff, and keep your fingers crossed for one more JC pick up.

Kicker/ Punter

Current Commits:  None

Still Pursuing:

  1. Sam Paulesco (6-5, 185) –All-American punter who favors OSU over Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Arizona State...boomed one punt 80 yards...also kicks field goals… 80 % chance he will end up at Oregon State…great kid with a bright future in football.

  2. Brooks Rossman (6-1, 160) - Tripping to leader South Carolina on Janurary 9th…may commit if trip goes well…has trip scheduled to OSU on January 16th if things don’t go as expected with Coach Holtz.

Current Grade: N/A

Outlook: Signing Paulesco will make this class an A right away, Rossman makes it a B, both make it an A+.


Part I of James Greule's article can be read here.  He can be reached at

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