Ben Siegert is the only departing player, but over half of the scholarship players (Curtis Coker, Naymon Frank, Gerard Lee and William Vea) will be seniors. OSU has just one, Mitchel Hunt, scholarship underclassman defensive tackle, but it is not for lack of trying as the staff struck out last year with a couple of prospects.
Riley has yet to land a prep defensive tackle this year, but the Beavs are in the mix for a couple of highly touted prospects. They are also in looking for help in the JUCO ranks, but the staff wants to redshirt the prospect which is oftentimes a hard sell to junior college athletes.
Defensive end is the biggest recruiting priority with zero underclassmen in the system right now. Joe Lemma is the only departing player, but Jeff Kruskamp, Dorian Smith and Jeff Van Orsow will all be seniors next year.
The Beavers have got off to a good start with natives Kevin Frahm and Carl Sommer verbals, but they need to add at least one more recruit from the prep and/or JUCO ranks.
A solid recruiting class from last year results in a nice mix of young and old. The staff can afford not to recruit this position heavily although they are always on the lookout for the next great 'backer to wear orange and black.
Depth was a concern at the start of the year but the implementation of the nickel package resulted in more players getting repetitions which resulted in better depth.
Sabby Piscitelli is the only player leaving while Daniel Drayton will be the only senior safety in 2007. Al Afalava and Bryan Payton are around for two more years with James Dockery and Suaesi Tuimaunei waiting in the wings.
Recruiting a safety is not a huge concern this year.
Rickey Herod and Kellen Marshall are gone with Coye Francies and Gerard Lawson being the only seniors. Starters Brandon Hughes and Keenan Lewis are back for two more years with Tim Clark and Patrick Henderson waiting for their time.
The staff will wait until next year to ink a cornerback.