Grool's top 10

Recruiting is heating up. The oven has gone from the<b> &quot;BAKE&quot;</b> setting to the <b>&quot;CLEAN&quot;</b> setting and this is the time when the Oregon State staff will come through in a <b>huge</b> way.<br> <br> Here is a list of the top 10 recruits, in order of importance, that OSU is working on securing.

  1. DT Ndamukong Suh (6-5, 275) - The importance of keeping in-state talent in the state cannot be overlooked.  Landing the highest rated defensive lineman in Oregon since Mr. Swancutt is imperative.
  2. LB Adrian McCovey (6-3, 218) - I see the future of an OSU defensive end and it is Adrian McCovey. OSU is in a battle with Oklahoma for this Southern California product and possible future All PAC-10 player.
  3. DE Dennis Ellis (6-3, 265) - If Adrian McCovey is the future then Dennis Ellis is the present. An instant difference maker, Ellis can bring his winning ways, mean streak and speed to the Beavs, and start right away.
  4. DT Gabe Long (6-3, 275)- The top JUCO defensive tackle in the nation was said to be favoring USC for a long time, but transcript problems could bring him to OSU.  He is a tenacious run stuffer and pass rusher with an all around love and knowledge for the game.
  5. WR Ruben Jackson (5-11, 190) - The top wide receiver at City College of San Franciso (CCSF), everyone in the country loves this guy.  The Beavers have not been mentioned much, but Mike Riley has ties to CCSF and OSU needs a burner like Jackson.
  6. OL James Paulk (6-4, 290)- Former Washington commit and a rock at offensive tackle for College of the Canyons. UW's offensive line coach says he is destined to play on Sundays and that Matt Moore would never have to look out for a shot in the back with Paulk at the tackle.
  7. OL Kainoa LaCount (6-7, 310) - This Hawaii offensive line product is long at 6'7 and can play guard or tackle. Hopefully the pipeline to Hawaii stays open on this one. He is a baller.
  8. DT Jonathan Kane (6-3, 285)- Another Hawaii big boy, but this one plays defensive tackle. He is highly coveted and plays with a mean streak a mile wide.  If he comes to OSU, the first one-on-one battle between him and Jeremy Perry in the pits will be epic.
  9. RB Micah Strickland (6-0, 210)- The top running back prospect in Hawaii who could play linebacker in college. Can truck you or juke you. A big athlete with tons of upside and the type of athlete that will see plenty of time on the turf.
  10. Jason Haywood (6-4, 186) - Defensive player of the year for his team as a junior. has him with one star which is a BIG mistake, a three or four star player who is going to decide between OSU and WSU.

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