ROUNDUP: Beaver needs coming into focus

IN TRYING TO read the black and orange recruiting tea leaves, the known offers list provides some clues as to how the 2007 class might shape up on Signing Day in February. Will it be stacked with the so-called skill players, or will the hosses sign in greater numbers? Will the class trend toward the offense, the defense or be split right down the middle?

Known offensive offers extended by Oregon State outnumber those on defense, running roughly about 2 1/2 to 1. Wide receiver holds down the top spot as the position with the biggest offer numbers to date.

Oregon State has 16 known offers out to players Scout has classified as wide receivers. That includes Darell Catchings, who has verbally committed to the Beavs.

Eric Hagg is among those in the Beaver orbit. The 6-foot-3, 185 pound Hagg was productive on both sides of the ball as a junior. On offense, he grabbed 37 catches for 877 yards and 12 TDs, earning first team all region honors. Defensively, he snared 7 picks, logged 44 tackles and was named second team all region.

A pair of junior college receivers with OSU offers in their back pocket are Terence Scott out of College of the Canyons, and Jeremy Tucker out of Scottsdale CC.

Last fall, Scott topped the 1,000 yard mark in receiving and scored nine touchdowns. Scott would have three years to play two, and is pointing towards a mid-year transfer with plans to graduate in December.

Tucker is wicked fast, with a clocked 40 time of 4.32. He's still learning the game and position, having only seen the gridiron since his senior season in high school but few have his kind of speed. He pulled in 43 catches for 670 yards and six touchdowns last season with two years to play two. He, too, plans on graduating in time to attend spring ball.

OSU HAS 13 known offers out to offensive linemen, including Michael Cole, a Beaver verbal.

Three of the hosses, Cole, Jon Iaone and Jerry LaGranville are of the junior college variety, while standout prepsters include Steven Ayers.

Out of Bellingham, Wash., Ayers says he's waiting to schedule his official visits sometime after his senior season. An explosive lineman, Ayers strength numbers include a power clean of 340 pounds, a 550-pound squat and a 340-pound bench press. He made a strong connection with the OSU staff at Oregon State's Preview Day.

OVER ON DEFENSE, the line is a focal point, with 18 combined offers between the defensive tackle and end positions.

Of the 10 defensive ends with known OSU offers, local standouts Carl Sommer and Kevin Frahm are already in the Beaver fold.

Arizona's William Yancy and Cameron Jordan are among the other top OSU prospects out on the edge.

Yancy is quick and athletic, with a non-stop motor. Jordan is a run stopping d-end who fires off the snap. He, too, has a motor that never stops.

At defensive tackle, Billy Winn is a physical player who was first team all Northeast Division, and second-team all-league selection as a junior. Academics will be a key consideration in his case.

THE KNOWN VERBALS in the 2007 Oregon State class: QB Jake Gelakoska, RB Ahmed Mokhtar, TE Colby Prince, Catchings, Cole, Sommer and Frahm.

OSU OFFER COUNTS at other positions, including verbal commitments: Quarterback (3), Running back (4), Tight End (5), Cornerback (4), Safety (4), Linebacker (3).

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