Recruiting Update

If you have visited many recruiting sites the past month or so and have checked to see who the Beavers have received a verbal commitment from you may have noticed a common theme. Everybody's list is different. For some that may be frustrating, even upsetting, but lets just admit that the recruiting affair is an over hyped, over publicized event, that is dang fun.

        You may have come across in hopes of finding a reliable list of Oregon State recruits, but I am sorry to say there is not one out there. A player may have committed to Oregon State, but he may not be eligible because of his SAT score. Another player may have told the website that he has committed to Oregon State, but backed out and forgot to tell the publisher. The list can go on and on. So you may be asking, "What is the point of this article?" Well, my Beaver Believer friend, I will compare the commitment lists from (the future home of, (a reliable source for recruiting information), and the list from (the host of the official Oregon State website).

        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. Summary 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. Summary 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. Summary 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 Beavers.

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!!

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