Recruiting Update

Dennis Erickson and his football staff have received two verbal commitments from exceptional athletes to begin their 2003 football class. <br> <br> Zach Hagemeister, a 6-3, 228 pound tight end from Lebanon (Ore.) committed to the Beavers in late June. Ryan Gunderson, a 6-4, 212 pound quarterback from Portland (Ore.) followed up by committing a week later in early July.

The following is a state by state list of players that have commmitted to the Beavers or have been offered a scholarship by the Beavers.

Verbally Committed to the Beavers

QB Ryan Gunderson
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Quarterback Ryan Gunderson
Ht: 6-5 // Wt: 220 // High School: Central Catholic

Gunderson is considered one of the top quarterbacks in the Northwest...he was first team all-league as a quarterback and second team all-league as a kicker in 2001...Gunderson choose Oregon State because, ""It's close to home, I like Coach Erickson a lot and it's a great offense to play in. They really made me feel like they wanted me and that was important to me. I think I'll be able to do well there.


"Plus their quarterback situation is good for me to play early. Derek (Anderson) will be a sophomore next year so I could have three years to play there after a redshirt year. On top of that, Oregon State has a good Engineering program which is what I'll be majoring in so I think it was a perfect fit for me all around."

He runs the 40 in 4.84 seconds...In 10 games in 2001 he completed 157 of 251 passes (63%) for 2,385 yards and 27 touchdowns with just four interceptions...His father attended Oregon...Gunderson was also hearing from Oklahoma State, Portland State, Idaho, Notre Dame, Purdue, Washington, Arizona State, California, and Northwestern....He is also an excellent student with a 3.9 GPA.

TE Zach Hagemeister
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Tight End Zach Hagemeister
Ht: 6-4 // Wt: 235 // High School: Lebanon Union

Hagemeister is also considered one of the best prospects at his position in Oregon...Zach committed after Oregon State offered him a scholarship at the end of the Nike Camp in Eugene...He choose OSU because, "I love the coaching staff at Oregon State, especially Coach Erickson and when the opportunity to commit early came up, I knew it was what I wanted to do. Now I can just focus on football and don't have to worry about recruiting any more. I'm very excited about this."


Hagemeister runs the 40 in 4.58 seconds and turned in some of the best testing numbers at the Nike camp in 2001...During his junior season at Lebanon he caught around 25-30 catches from 350 yards and five touchdowns...Zach carries at 2.9 GPA.

Have Been Offered a Scholarship by the Beavers

From California

  • QB Dennis Dixon
    6-4, 177

    Everybody wants Dixon. He has an extremely strong arm and is very mobile in the pocket. He is also being recruited by Miami, Washington, UCLA, and USC.

  • LB Thomas Williams
    6-2, 227

    As a junior Williams recorded 85 tackles, eight sacks, and all-league honors. Williams also plays the fullback and the tight-end position. Could be the top linebacker in California. Also being recruited by Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Washington.

  • LB Michael Okwo
    6-0, 205

    Plays on both sides of the ball. Rushed for over 1,700 yards as a junior on 273 carries and scored 18 touchdowns. Okwo is an all-league player who is one of the best at his position in California. Also being recruited by Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, and USC.

  • WR Sam Cheatham
    5-11, 175

    An explosive, speedy receiver who caught 38 passes for 884 yards (23.2 avg) and 13 touchdowns. Is teammates with quarterback Dennis Dixon. He attended the Oregon State football camp. Also being recruited by Oregon and Stanford.

  • S Terrell Thomas
    6-2, 175

    Very athletic safety who attended the Oregon State football camp. Runs a 4.3 in the 40 and wants to stay on the West Coast. Also being recruited by UCLA, USC, and Washington.

  • TE Dane Krogstad
    6-2, 220

    Has a good combination of size and speed. Had a very good showing at the Nike camp. Also being recruited by Arizona, Cal, and Oregon.

  • RB Lorenzo Bursey
    5-8, 160

    Rushed for 1,591 and 24 touchdowns during the 2001 season. Has excellent speed, runs with power, and is tough to bring down in the open field. Also being recruited by Miami, Oregon, USC, and Washington.

  • RB Charles Burnley
    6-0, 175

    Wants to commit early, leaning towards Washington and USC. Also being recruited by USC, Washington, Oregon, and Washington State.

  • CB Eric Wright
    5-11, 165

    Runs the 40 in 4.3 seconds and ran for 700 yards during the 2001 football season. Earned all-league honors. Gives 100% every play and is very athletic. Also being recruited by Nebraska, Oregon, USC, Washington, and Washington State.

From Oregon

  • OL Roy Scheuning
    6-4, 275

    Had a dominating showing at the Nike camp where he went undefeated in the one on one drills. Totaled 38 pancake blocks in 2001. Earned all-league and honorable mention all-state on both sides of the ball. Also being recruited by Oregon, Portland State, Washington, and Washington State.

  • LB Andy Darkins
    6-2, 228

    Received the 2001 rising star award. Interested in Ivy league schools as well as the Pac-10. Oregon State was the first school to offer Darkins a scholarship. Also being recruited by Washington, Oregon, and UCLA.

From Washington

  • S Jordan Carey
    6-0, 190

    All-league player of the year and area MVP honors. Runs the 40 in 4.47. Plays both sides of the ball, rushing 65 times for 839 yards, catching 22 passes for 360 yards, and recording 22 total touchdowns during his junior season. Also being recruited by Arizona State, Oregon, and Washington.

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