Grool's Top 10

James Greule's Top 10 Oregon State football recruits for 2005, in no particular order. Updated on June 15, 2004.

1.  Averell Spicer, DE | Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'2" 260  4.65  325 575

Recorded 60 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior...has offers from Florida, State, USC, Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona, Nebraska, and Duke...will attend the Florida State and Oregon State summer camps...strong and athletic...quick, in the mold of DeLawrence Grant and LaDarius Jackson...does not have a favorite.

Quote: "I rush the QB well and have good quickness. I have good technique tackling. I have good swim and rip moves. I can always work on my footwork and on keeping my feet moving." | Media: Video

2.  Josh Portis, QB | William Taft (Woodland Hills, CA)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'4" 195 4.45  250 330

Earned second-team All-West Valley honors as a junior...threw for 1,881 yards and 21 touchdowns while also rushing for 245 yards and three touchdowns on 45 carries...has one official offer from Utah and two verbal offers from Michigan, Stanford Nike Camp in the spring.

Quote:  "I can make big plays and am good at breaking things down on offense. I have a very good deep ball."

3.  Leon Jackson, RB | Pasco Senior HS (Pasco, WA)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'3" 200 4.40  210 335

2003 Associated Press all-state first-team...Big-9 Co-Offensive Player of the Year...All Big-9...ran for 1,814 yards and 32 touchdowns ... 2003 Tacoma News Tribune 'Nugget in Waiting'...has scholarship offers from Oregon State, Washington and Nebraska...likes Washingon, Notre Dame, USC, Washington State, and Oregon...UW is recruiting him the hardest...sister attends UW and his favorite athlete is Corey Dillon.

Quote: "I have good speed and agility. I have powerful legs and I'm not that easy to take down. It usually takes two or three people to take me down. On offense I'm like Eric Dickerson and on defense I'm like a Deion Sanders or Charles Woodson. I'd like to improve my upper body strength and endurance." | Media: Video

4.  Austin Usher, WR | Thomas Jefferson (Los Angeles, CA)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'4" 200  4.4  - -

Brother of current Beaver Whitfield Usher...very quick...caught 21 passes for 595 yards and eight touchdowns...named first team all-city for his efforts....looking for early playing time...almost qualified...will look around, but keep a close eye on Corvallis...Beavers have a good shot at landing Usher due to the family connection...also very interested in UCLA, Oklahoma, USC, and Florida State...has offers from Washington State, Arizona State, Oregon and Arizona...will attend the Nike San Diego Camp.

Quote:  "I am bigger, faster, and stronger than whoever I go up against."

5.  Syd'Quan Thompson DB/ATH | Grant Union (Sacramento, CA)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
5'11" 175  4.45  215  -
Named first team all-league, metro, and state under-class...had 950 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 360 yards and four touchdowns...on defense, had 79 tackles and five interceptions...also returned five punts and one kickoff for touchdowns......a hearing from Florida, UCLA, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, UNLV< and LSU...wants to stay on the West Coast...Bruins and Wildcats have offered...Arizona is recruiting him the hardest.

Quote:  "I am really good at covering.  I also have great agility and vision."

6.  Ndamukong Suh, DE | Grant HS (Portland, OR)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'5" 275 4.45 - -

Class 4A All-State Offense honorable mention ... Class 4A All-State defense honorable mention ... first-team all-PIL on both offense and defense...has good footwork...teachable...has offers from California, Miami, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, Duke, and Nebraska...Nebraska is the early leader.

Quote: "I'm looking for a different experience, an opportunity to meet new people." | Media: Video

7. Adrian McCovey, LB | Lakewood HS (Lakewood, CA)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'3" 218 4.65 - -

Had 64 tackles, 28 assists, two sacks, one pick and seven forced fumbles as a junior...Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Oregon State have offered...physical and tough...still learning the game...good favorite.

| Media: Video

8.  Daniel Borg, OL | Ironwood Ridge (Tucson, AZ)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'6" 285  5.3  315  420
Has a written offer from Nebraska...also has offers from Washington, Arizona, and Vanderbilt...also likes Oregon State and leader yet...was second team all-state, first team all-Southern Arizona, first team all-region offensive tackle, and second team all-region defensive tackle as a junior...will attend team camps at Arizona, Washington, Oregon State and Nebraska...has family that live in Oregon...holds a 4.0 and scored an 1180 on the SAT...will commit if the town and situation feels right.

Quote:  "I'm a dominant pass blocker and I get on LBs good. I finish my blocks and get down field fast. I'm really aggressive. I'd like to have better core strength and stronger legs and make better blocks. I need to stay lower."

9.  Michael Marks, OL | Joseph HS (Joseph, OR)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'4" 295 -  300 -

Receiving early interest from Oregon, Washingon, and Oregon State...all have offered him...plays 8-man ball...second team all-state as a junior...UO's assistant head coach Neal Zoumboukos calls him the best recruit in Oregon...likes Oregon State and Washington State because of their agricultural ties.

Quote: "He's a great kid who is a hard worker." - Joseph football head coach Rusty Eschler

10.  Spencer Hafoka, WR/ATH |  Kahuku (Kahuku, HI)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'0' 180  4.4  -  -
Older brother plays for BYU...considered the top recruit in Hawaii...interested in Hawaii, BYU, Utah, Colorado, and Oregon State...wants to stay close to home...caught 29 receptions for 1,020 yards and eight touchdowns...teammate of 2004 Beaver recruits Walker Vave, and Tevita Finau.

Players that dropped out:

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