In comparing the lists I hope to show you what the lists have in common, so we can get an idea of who is commiting to Oregon State on February 6, 2002.
BeaverInsider.com lists the Beavers with 13 verbal commitments consisting of one tight end, 2 wide receivers, one corner back, 3 offensive lineman, 2 running backs, 3 safeties, and one defensive end. That makes 7 offensive recruits and 6 defensive recruits. You can see the list here.
PrepStar.com lists the Beavers with 14 verbal commitments consisting of 2 wide receivers, 4 offensive lineman, one quarter back, one running back, one tight end, and 5 defensive backs. That makes 9 offensive players and 5 defensive players. You can view the list here.
FansOnly.com lists the Beavers with 18 verbal commitments consisting of 3 wide receivers, 5 offensive lineman, two running backs, one tight end, 6 defensive backs, and one defensive lineman. That makes 11 offensive players and 7 defensive players. You can view the list here.
Out of the three lists there are 8 common verbal commitments. They are the following:
- James Finley, a wider receiver out of Manual Arts Senior HS in Los
Angeles, CA, is 6-2, 195 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. The reports
say he runs crisp routs and is ready to make an impact at the collegiate level
as soon as he arrives.
- JC Ronnfeldt, a 6-3, 306 pound offensive lineman out of Decatur HS
in Federal Way, WA, was on of the top lineman in Washington for 2001. Washington
and Nebraska heavily recruited Ronnfeldt, but he choose to become a Beaver
in November of 2001.
- Josh Linehan, a 6-4, 245 pound offensive lineman hails from Oregon's
own Banks HS.
- Joe Newton is considered by some to be the Beavers top recruit. PacWest
Football ranked him the fourth best tight end in the nation. Newton is 6-7,
235 pounds and has 4.5 speed. He also plays basketball and is a great student
who scored 1310 on the SAT and has a 3.76 GPA.
- Lawrence Turner is a 5-11, 195 pound defensive back out of the City
College of San Francisco.
- Josh Davies is a 6-2, 180 pound safety from Rancho Cucamonga HS in
Etiwanda, CA. He had a strong performance at the Oregon State football camp
where the Beavers offered him a scholarship and he accepted.
- Robert Herbert is a 6-2, 190 pound defensive back from Alta Loma
HS in Alta Loma, CA.
- Kellen Marshall narrowed his choices down to UNLV and Oregon State.
In the end he choose OSU because Steven Jackson and him are tight and he liked
Corvallis. He is a 5-11, 170 pound running back from Cimarron-Memorial HS
in Las Vegas, NV. He has 4.4 speed and will be playing corner back for the
Out of the PrepStar and FansOnly lists there were 6 common verbal commitments. They are the following:
- Deondre Alexander WR
- Brent Bridges OL
- Albert Toeaina OL
- Brandon Catenese DB
- Arthur Giddens DB
- Ryan Cole RB
From this extensive, sometimes tedious research we have deduced that the Beavers will receive
some commitments, and a couple of good ones. I would rely on the FansOnly list
as being the most complete because they take care of the official website. But
all are rumors until signing day on February 6, 2002. Until then, have fun reading
the rumors and getting caught up in the hype. Go Beavs!!