Recruiting Road Map - Offense

BF.com takes a look at what positions the coaches are focusing at recruiting on the offensive side of the ball.


- Quarterback -
Currently on scholarship: 2 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 1
Verbal: Jake Gelakoska

Ryan Gunderson is in his senior year and assigned to a backup role while Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao will battle for the starting spot in 2007.  Adding Moevao in the summer was essential in case Canfield, the front runner for the starting job, gets hurt.

It is important for the Beavers to get a prep quarterback in the system after striking out a year ago.  They landed Henry M. Jackson's Jake Gelakoska around the same time as Moevao to fill their quarterback need for the future.


- Running Back -
Currently on scholarship: 3 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 2
Verbal: Jamicah Bass, Ahmed Mokhtar

It's good news that Yvenson Bernard, Patrick Fuller and Clinton Polk are all returning which gives the team a ton of talent but the group is top heavy with upperclassmen. 

Polk and Bernard will be in the senior years and Fuller will be in his junior year.  El Camino running back Jamicah Bass has three to play two and probably will redshirt.  Ahmed Mokhtar is a big, bruising player who will carry the load in the future.


- Wide Receiver -
Currently on scholarship: 8 | Recruiting priority: 5 | Look to sign: 2-3
Verbal: Darrell Catchings


 

The receivers are one of the youngest units on the team with only Ruben Jackson completing his eligibility.  Sammie Stroughter, Anthony Wheat-Brown and Brandon Powers will all be seniors in 2007.

Chris Johnson and Shane Morales will figure into the equation largely next year and will be just juniors.  Casey Kjos and Kyle Brown are two underclassmen waiting their turn to contribute.

Darrell Catchings is OSU's first true receiver to verbal in the last two years.  The Beavers need to add at least one more prep player to the receiving ranks to build for the future.


- Offensive Tackle -
Currently on scholarship: 4 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 2-3
Verbal: Michael Cole, Una Smiley, Jon Ioane

Josh Linehan and Adam Koets both graduate, but Andy Levitre and Tavita Thompson are around for a couple of more years plus a strong recruiting class from a year ago that includes Timi Oshinowo and Ryan Pohl helps.

Junior college players Michael Cole, Una Smiley and Jon Ioane have all verbaled.  One or two of them will redshirt to prepare for the future.  Ioane is not a done deal as his grades may be an issue.


- Offensive Guard -
Currently on scholarship: 4 | Recruiting priority: 2 | Look to sign: 1
Verbal: None


 

With Jeremy Perry and Roy Schuening around for one more year, the coaches excited about Mau Nomani's development, and Adam Speer playing well, the need for a guard is not high.

But it is a must to have developing lineman in the system and getting at least one prep guard would nice, but not essential.


- Center -
Currently on scholarship: 3 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 0
Verbal: None

With Kyle DeVan and Adam Speer both around for one more year and Alex Linnenkohl set to take over when they graduate the Beavers can afford not to sign a center.

Plus, walk-on Marcus Henderson has performed well at practice.


- Tight End -
Currently on scholarship: 4 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 1
Verbal: Colby Prince

Tight ends were a major focus last year as the staff inked four.  Joe Newton and Jason Vandiver graduate as John Reese and Howard Croom are set to take over the starting roles.  Gabe Miller has worked his way back from an Achilles heel injury and will be in the mix as well.

Joe Halahuni is expected to enroll in January giving the unit a lift. Look for at least one of the tight ends, possibly Brady Camp, to be moved to the defensive side of the ball.


- Kicker -
Currently on scholarship: 1 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 0

Alexis Serna is around for one more year with walk-on Justin Kahut set to take over in 2008.



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