2007 Beaver football recruiting class

Here's the 2007 Oregon State football recruiting class as presented at the fourth annual recruiting dinner.

NOTE: For more in-depth information on each player visit the premium message board for the player case files. Also, check back later tonight or Thursday morning for news and notes from the sold-out recruiting dinner.

Kyle Bell DE 6-4/220 Visalia, Calif. (Mt. Whitney)
Played for a team that posted a 12-2 record last season and won the Division II Championship...16 tackles, including five quarterback sacks...recovered two fumbles...also played receiver where he accounted for 209 yards...played football for just three years...according to Mt. Whitney head coach Rob Dougherty – “Kyle is a great kid with a ton of potential. He moves very well for his size and has a tremendous upside.”

Darrell Catchings WR 6-1/185 Escondido, Calif. (Escondido)
Darrell was a preseason and postseason San Diego Hall of Champions Team member...a multi-purpose player as a receiver, defensive back, punt returner and kickoff returner...second-leading receiver in the North County League last season with 49 receptions for 929 yards...22 grabs for 523 yards as a junior...according to Escondido head coach Paul Gomes -- “Darrell Catchings is by far the most outstanding player I have ever coached, but I don't think we've seen the best of him yet. I think he's only going to get better.”

Cameron Collins CB 6-2/194 Santa Monica, Calif. (Santa Monica)
Rated the 28th-best safety in the nation by Rivals.com and the 47th-best prospect in California...70 tackles last season, including games of 18 and 17...missed the first four games of his senior year with a broken hand...69 tackles as a junior...39 receptions as a wide receiver as a junior...3.70 cumulative GPA at Santa Monica...had the best shuttle time at the 2006 Palo Alto Nike Camp.

Will Darkins LB 6-2/217 Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego)
Rivals.com ranks Will the 32nd-best inside linebacker prospect in the nation and the fifth-best overall prospect in Oregon...at the 2006 Eugene Nike Camp, Darkins posted the best shuttle time for a linebacker (3.94) and third-best in the 40 (4.73)...invited to play in the East-West All-Star Game in Orlando last month...first team all-state as a senior as a running back and linebacker – one of only three players to make first team on both sides of the ball...rushed for 1,148 yards during the regular season as a senior...1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, earning third team as a running back and second team as a linebacker...Will’s brother, Andy, was a standout for the Beavers at linebacker, lettering in 2004 and ’05...former Beaver and current Lake Oswego head coach Steve Coury states that Will plays defense like a “madman.”

Reggie Dunn WR 5-8/158 Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei)
According to SuperPrep Magazine, Reggie is quick off the line of scrimmage and runs very crisp routes...one of the fastest players in the West in the class of 2007...accounted for 1,000 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior...in 2006 he caught 13 passes for 301 yards for a 23.2 yard average and nine TDs and added 303 yards rushing and six TDs...as a junior tallied 41 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries...mentioned on the PressTelegram.com's 2007 Best in the West..."I'm best at catching the ball and then doing something with it. Instead of getting the ball and getting tackled, I score, or at least cover some yards."

Jesse Fifita DT 6-3/260 Menlo Park, Calif. (Menlo-Atherton)
Jesse started as a defensive end as a sophomore and junior...he played two games his senior year before suffering a season-ending injury...OSU coaches consider him a pass rush specialist...according to Menlo-Atherton head coach Bob Sykes – “Jesse is a great kid; he’s a hard worker and has a great desire to play football. He is very solid academically and overall is one of the best players I have ever coached. If he wouldn’t have been hurt this season he would have earned several postseason honors. I really can’t say enough good things about Jesse.”

Kevin Frahm DE 6-3/250 Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic)
Kevin is ranked as the 37th-best defensive end in the country by Rivals.com and the second-best prospect in the state...played in the American Bowl in Florida...first team all-state as a senior on defense and second team as a offensive tackle...some say he reminds people of former Beaver great defensive end Bill Swancutt...prior to the 2006 season OregonLive.com named him the top defensive lineman in the state...Central Catholic coach Steve Pyne on Frahm -- "He's the most advanced pass rusher I've ever been around for a high school kid. He can really come off the edge and work a corner very well."

Jake Gelakoska QB 6-3/206 Mill Creek, Wash. (Henry Jackson)
Jake Gelakoska (Jella-Kaw-ska) is a Scout.com four-star athlete...rated the 17th-best quarterback in the nation according to Rivals and the fourth-best overall prospect in Washington...accounted for 1,148 yards and 14 touchdowns in the air as a senior...threw for over 1,938 yards and rushed for 400 as a junior... member of the Scout.com West Hot 100...Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Honorable Mention...according to Jackson head coach Joel Vincent -- “He's blessed with all the tools; he has a big, strong arm and an innate, instinctive ability to sense the rush."

Brandon Hardin CB 6-2/175 Honolulu, Hawai’i (Kamehameha)

Brandon attended the 2006 OSU summer camp...Rivals.com rates him the 17th-best prospect in Hawai’i...made six interceptions last season. “Tall, fast cornerbacks who can hit are a highly prized commodity,” writes Paul Honda of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin...finished second in the long jump (21-9) at the 2006 Interscholastic League of Honolulu Championships...first team Honolulu Advertiser All-State...played in the Goodwill Game (Hawai’i all-star contest).

Jon Ioane OL 6-5/325 Tustin, Calif. (Tustin/Santa Ana CC)
Jon Ioane (E-oh-wahn-nee) previously signed with Oregon State in 2004 out of Tustin High School...SuperPrep rates him 84th on its JuCo list -- Rivals.com has him 94th...JCGridiron ranks him the fifth-best offensive tackle...SuperPrep Magazine All-Region Team as a senior at Tustin...played on both sides of the ball at Tustin, including tight end...62 tackles as a defensive lineman his senior year...ranked 81st by Scout.com out of high school and was considered a “dominant run blocker.”

Josh LaGrone S 6-1/170 Reno, Nev. (McQueen)
Josh earned first team all-state as a senior and the was the High Desert League Player of the Year...five interceptions his final season, returning three for scores...also a standout receiver and kick returner at McQueen, making 33 receptions and returning three kicks for touchdowns as a senior...Matt LaGrone, a brother, is a freshman on the men’s basketball team at Nevada and his oldest brother, Carl LaGrone, played linebacker at Nevada (2000-03) and is on the coaching staff at Idaho...according to McQueen head coach Ken Dalton -- "Josh is the best, a real leader, works very very hard, has all the intangibles that you're looking for in a kid, plus he has some God-given talent."

Leaualofa Liilii WR 5-9/165 Aiea, Hawai’I (Aiea)
Lay-oo-ah-lah-fah “Lofa” Lee-E-Lee played wide receiver and safety at Aiea High School...ran the fourth-best 40 time (4.53) out of 142 athletes at the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance High School Combine – he had the best time in an agility drill...two-time all-state (all-purpose & receiver) and voted the Oahu Interscholastic League’s Red Division Offensive MVP, even after missing half the season with an injury...as a junior he had 80 receptions for 1,400-plus yards...played for the Hawaiian All-Stars in January’s Samoa Bowl...an excellent track athlete...recorded the best shuttle time at last summer’s San Antonio prep combine...according to 15-year head coach Wendall Say -- “Lofa is a threat every time he touches the ball. He is one of the best receivers I have ever coached”...coach Say played college football at Linfield under defensive back coach Mike Riley.

Castro Masaniai DL 6-3/244 Waipahu, Hawai’i (Waipahu)
Castro Masaniai (Mah-sahn-ee-I) was a first team all-league selection as a senior as an offensive lineman and second team as a defensive lineman...honorable mention all-state...helped Waipahu win its first league title in 35 years and advance to the state semifinals for the first time...also a basketball and track standout... part of the school’s leadership council...Waipahu assistant coach Packy Ena played at OSU from 1993-94...according to Waipahu head coach Sean Saturnio – “Castro moves well in space and is tenacious from snap to whistle; but more importantly OSU is getting a great kid who will make the university proud.”

Ryan McCants RB 6-2/230 Corona, Calif. (Santiago)
Ryan is rated the 10th-best running back in the nation, according to Rivals.com...778 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in six games his senior year – missed half of the season with a broken leg...1,439 yards, 13 touchdowns and a total of eight 100-yard-plus rushing games as a junior...also played defensive end...4.6 in the 40...first team All-Mountain View as a junior and second team All-Riverside County...Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Honorable Mention...according to Santiago head coach Steve Mitchell -- “Ryan has fantastic work ethic.”

Lance Mitchell S 6-2/186 Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)
Scout.com describes Lance’s strengths as “backpedal quickness, burst out of breaks and tackling ability”...29th-best prospect in the nation at safety, according to Scout...considered an elite receiver as well...approximately 300 tackles during his three-year varsity career and seven interceptions over the last two seasons...also played quarterback where he threw for 1,410 yards as a senior...according to SuperPrep – “once he gets you in his hands, the play is over.”

Latu Moala DE 6-2/260 Hayward, Calif. (Mt. Eden/Coll. of San Mateo)
First team all-conference and honorable mention all-state as a sophomore...39 tackles, including six quarterback sacks, and one interception last season...has three years to complete two seasons of playing eligibility...two-star prospect according to JCFootball.com...helped the team to a 7-4 record and a bowl game appearance last season...named first team all-conference and also earned honorable mention all-state honors his final season...attended Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, Calif...no relation to current Beaver Eric Moala or former Beaver Tavita Moala.

Ahmed Mokhtar RB 5-11/196 Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei)
Rivals.com ranks Mokhtar (Mock-tar) the 55th-best prospect at running back in the nation and the 97th-best prospect overall in California...first team All-CIF Division I as a senior...first team All-Orange County and first team All-Serra League as a junior after rushing for 1,498 yards and 15 touchdowns...as a senior he rushed for 860 yards and 10 touchdowns...had the best bench press for running backs at the Los Angeles Nike Camp in the summer of 2006.

David Pa’aluhi III LB 6-0/215 Waianae, Hawai’i (Waianae)
Pa’aluhi (Paw-ah-lou-ee) played defensive end at Waianae...an outstanding wrestler...44 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior...played only one year of high school football...considered a top sleeper prospect in the state of Hawai’i...Rivals.com rates him the 70th-best linebacker in the nation...also played defensive end...attended Kamehameha as a freshman and sophomore...family is originally from American Somoa.

Keith Pankey LB 6-2/215 Visalia, Calif. (Mt. Whitney)
2006 Visalia Times-Delta Defensive Player of the Year as a middle linebacker...189 tackles and four interceptions as a senior... according to Mt. Whitney head coach Robert Dougherty -- “He’s physically one of the most talented kids I’ve coached. He can run, he can hit, he’s bright and a leader”...two-time First Team All-Tulare County and West Yosemite League...led a defense that allowed just 11.6 points per game...also played running back... his father, Irv, attended college at Penn State and played guard and tackle for the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts for 12 seasons.

Kevin Pankey OL 6-5/255 Visalia, Calif. (Mt. Whitney)
West Yosemite League first team selection as a left offensive tackle...also played defensive tackle where he accumulated 11 quarterback sacks...according to Mt. Whitney head coach Robert Dougherty – “He has tremendous feet and is just a great talent”...his father, Irv, attended college at Penn State and played guard and tackle for the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts for 12 seasons.

Marcus Perry LS 6-1/225 Chula Vista, Calif. (Eastlake)
Marcus also played linebacker for Eastlake...assisted Eastlake in advancing to the second round of the state playoffs...according to Chris Rubio of the Chris Sailer Professional Kicking Academy – “Marcus is a snapper with a tremendous body and strength. His ball flies back to the punter/holder because of his extremely quick hands. He has emerged as one of the most athletic snappers in his class.”

Colby Prince TE 6-5/225 Albany, Ore. (West Albany)
Colby helped West Albany advance to the 5A state title game...2006 5A First Team All-State tight end and defensive back...as a junior, he earned first team All-Valley League as a safety and second team as a tight end...also a basketball and track athlete...76 tackles and eight interceptions on defense last season, and 48 receptions for 878 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense...according to West Albany head coach Randy Nyquist -- “He’s a big kid, but very athletic. He’s a true team player. He’ll make that transition to tight end and do anything they ask him.”

James Rodgers WR 5-6/164 Richmond, Texas (Lamar Consolidated)
James was a first team all-state defensive player...accounted for 109 tackles and 900-plus receiving yards as a senior...in 2006 he had four interceptions, forced six fumbles, recovered seven fumbles and scored two touchdowns on defense...4A Greater Houston All-Area co-MVP...helped the team to a 24-2 record over the last two seasons...James’ brother, Jacquizz, is a standout running back who will be a senior this year...according to Lamar Consolidated head coach Lydell Wilson -- "He's (James) a player. He’s a leader and whoever gets him will be very happy."

David Ross CB 6-0/174 Compton, Calif. (Dominguez)
Rivals.com ranks David a four-star athlete, the 15th-best cornerback prospect in the nation and the 25th-best prospect in California...first team all-state...also played quarterback at Dominguez, leading the team to a 13-1 record and accounting for 11 touchdowns...four interceptions his senior year at cornerback...as a junior he led the team to the CIF Division III title...Rivals considers his strengths to be “backpedal quickness, coverage awareness and hip flexibility”...according to Dominguez head coach Keith Donnerson – “He is a great corner. He is tall, rangy and has long arms; he is a lockdown corner.”

Rory Ross OL 6-4/250 Peoria, Arizona (Peoria)
Rory helped Peoria to the state 5A playoffs...played tackle as a senior and tight end as a junior and sophomore...a standout in basketball as well...second team all-league as a senior...according to Peoria head coach Doug Clapp (30 years of experience) – “I told Rory just recently `If I’m right about you, you will not only make it at the college level, I will see you in the NFL.’ He is very quick and has the frame to be an excellent player. Oregon State is getting a terrific young man and he will be a joy to watch him develop.”

Earvin “Una” Smiley OL 6-6/280 Honolulu, Hawai’i (Moanalua/Palomar JC)
Una played offensive tackle and guard at Palomar...first team all-state as a senior at Moanalua and played in the Hawai’i All-Star Game...JC GridWire Second Team All-American last season...All-California First Team as a sophomore...2006 JC Athletic Bureau All-American.

Carl Sommer TE 6-4/230 Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville)
Oregon 5A First Team All-State defensive lineman as a senior and second team as a tight end...expected to begin attending classes in April as he is set to graduate high school early...honorable mention all-state as a junior...for his prep career he accounted for 1,010 yards receiving on 49 receptions... according to Wilsonville head coach Doug Summer -- “He's a playmaker, a good decision maker and he has great hands.”

I’amafana Tuimalealiifano DE 6-1/235 Honolulu, Hawai’i (Farington)
EE-ah-mah-Fana “Tonu” Two-E-mah-lah-all-E-Fana was an honorable mention all-state selection last season...played nose guard and is projected to be a tackle at OSU...according to head coach Richard Okimoto – “Tonu is a very soft spoken leader. He is physically strong and forced opponents to double team him.”

Anthony Watkins LB 6-2/200 Burien, Wash. (Highline)
Rivals.com rates Watkins the 65th-best cornerback prospect in the nation and the 25th-best prospect overall in Washington...also a safety...played quarterback and running back during his high school playing career...2006 First Team All-Seamount League as a quarterback and second team as a safety...averaged over 170 all-purpose yards per game as a senior...had the best 40, shuttle and vertical leap performances in the “athlete” category at the 2006 Eugene Nike Camp...also a track and basketball standout...according to Scout.com – “Anthony is a shut down corner and safety with blazing speed and good size. He is also a defensive back that doesn't mind coming up to make tackles.” WATCH VIDEO

Brandon Wimberly WR 6-1/185 Gardena, Calif. (Gardena)
Brandon had 48 receptions for 749 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and 32 receptions for 460 yards and one touchdown as a junior...he had 10 receptions for 138 yards in one game and nine receptions for 201 yards in another...2006 Los Angeles All-City 4A Team...also has experience as a quarterback.

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