Grool's Top 12

James Greule's top 12 Oregon State football recruits for 2005, in no particular order. Updated on August 31, 2004.

1.  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 Miami, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, Duke, and Nebraska...Nebraska is the early leader...has spent a lot of time watching fall drills at OSU.

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

2.  Arturo Rodriguez, OL | Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6-5 295 5.3 350 460

Likes Oregon State, Washington State, Arizona State, UCLA, and Utah...has offers from OSU, Utah, UNLV, Colorado State, and Nevada...favors the Beavers...likes UCLA and an offer from the Bruins could sway his decision...named second team all-state as a junior...was the most impressive lineman at the UCLA Adidas camp in May...would like to major in engineering.

Quote: "I have strong legs, good quickness, and I play hard every play."

3.  Michael Shelton, DE | Dominguez (Compton, CA)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'4" 227 4.7  245 290

Number three DE prospect on the west coast...74 tackles, 13 sacks, and eight forced fumbles as a junior...named first team all-league and three are Arizona, USC, and Oregon State...also hearing from Nebraska...has grandparents in Tucson which could factor into his decision...will schedule official visits soon...went to USC's overnight camp and dominated.

Quote: "I have speed, quickness, agility, and I work very hard. I watch a lot of film and am good at preparing myself."

4.  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, Arizona, Nebraska, 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

5.  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."

6.  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 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

7.  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."

8.  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."

9. 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

10.  Roberto Wallace, WR | Oceanside (Oceanside, CA)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'4" 206  4.6  240  400

Raw, but has a lot of potential...had 25 catches for 495 yards and four touchdowns in just his first season of football last year...was an honorable mention all-conference three are San Diego State, Nebraska, and Oregon State...likes Mike Riley...distance could factor into his decision...his parents have no preference.

Quote: "I catch the ball good and can get in and out of the breaks. I have good game speed and move well. I need to improve my get off speed and get open quicker. I want to work on getting to the ball faster and my overall explosion."

11.  Spencer Hafoka, WR/ATH |  Kahuku (Kahuku, HI)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'0" 180  4.4  -  -
Older brother plays for 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.

12.  Kevin Thomas, CB/WR |  Rio Mesa (Oxnard, CA)
Height Weight 40yds Bench Squat
6'0" 172  4.5 290 340

Receiving interest from almost all of the Pac-10...Oregon is pursing him the most...favors USC and Cal, but likes Michigan, Arizona, Washington State, Oregon, and Oregon State...had 21 receptions for 481 yards and one touchdown on offense as a junior....on defense, had 68 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery...first team all-league and county on defense...also runs track...parents would like him to stay in California...big brother, Andres Thomas is also being recruited by OSU.

Quote:  "I have good speed and I react fast. I have great quickness. I'm a smooth and finesse runner. I have good cuts and act on instinct. I'm more of a CB than an offensive player. I like to hit and make plays." | Media: Video

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