RECRUITING ROUNDUP: Early offers at 20-plus

THIS PAST SIGNING DAY, Oregon State inked 30 to football Letters-of-Intent. The Beavs don't figure to take a full load of 25 this recruiting class, but that doesn't mean they're not off to a fast start in terms of scholarship offers. OSU already has known scholies out to 20-plus recruits. And with the May evaluation period now underway, that figure seems likely to climb.

Oregon State already has 23 known scholarship offers on the table. Nearly half of them have gone to two positions: defensive end and wide receiver, although those are based on Scout.com college position projections.

The known Oregon State defensive end offers:

Carl Sommer (6-4, 230, 4.6)
Verbally committed to Oregon State. Set to graduate early out of high school, will join the Beavs for spring ball 2007. In 2005, Sommer racked up 10 sacks, including five in one game, among his 42 tackles. Offensively, he caught 12 balls for 300 yards and two TDs.

Everson Griffen (6-4, 265, 4.6)
Aptly nicknamed 'The Freak', Griffen was first team All-Region on both sides of the ball as a junior. He logged 47 tackles (30 solo), including five sacks and recovered three fumbles in 2005.

Apiata Tuihalamaka (6-3, 220)
An in-your-face player who when he isn't inflicting punishment on the gridiron, is doing so on the rugby field, Tuihalamaka recorded 58 tackles on defense, with 6.5 sacks as a junior.

Mike Ebbitt (6-5, 250)
An offensive tackle and defensive end for Oaks Christian High, Ebbitt has the frame to put on weight if he were to play on offense at the next level, but may have a brighter future on defense. He already holds nine offers.

Michael Reardon (6-6, 253, 4.8)
Reardon racked up eight sacks among a ridiculous 80 tackles from his defensive end position. Oregon State and others are looking at him at defensive end while others see him as an offensive tackle, tight end or defensive tackle.

THE OSU EARLY OFFER breakdown shows three to defensive tackles, five to defensive ends, with one safety and one cornerback rounding out things on the defensive side.

Offensively, five wide receivers top the list, with another four extended to offensive linemen, three to running backs and one afforded to the tight end position.

For an in-depth look on Beaver prospects, head to: For the full story, head to BF.C prospect listings

THE MAY EVALUATION PERIOD actually began this past Monday, April 17. It consists of six weeks, with four of those six, excluding Memorial Day and Sundays, afforded to a school to evaluate prep football prospects.

Oregon State will have one evaluation during this time to assess athletic ability, and one evaluation to assess the prospect's academic qualifications.

Additionally, schools are allowed to place one call to a prospect after May 1. Although, the importance of that lone phone call has lessened in recent years with the advent of the mobile phone -- schools can, without restriction, text message and ask a prospect to give them a call.


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