The Cream of the Crop ::.
These are the players that are ready to play in the Pac-10 right now. Nine players, four JUCOs and five preps, make this list.
OT Michael Cole (6-7, 290 | case file) - This former Lake Oswego standout signed with the Beavers for a chance to play in front of family and friends. Cole will immediately compete for playing time at offensive tackle. He is set to graduate in spring and be in Corvallis in time for spring practice.
LB Will Darkins (6-2, 217 | case file) - According to his high school coach Steve Coury Darkins plays like a "madman." The Three Rivers Defensive Player of the Year is a perfect candidate for early playing time on special teams where he can make a name for himself before working his way into the two-deeps as a sophomore.
WR Reggie Dunn (5-8, 158) - Don't let his small stature foul you; Dunn is an explosive playmaker with speed to burn. When Nigel Burton was asked at the recruiting dinner to describe what kind of player Dunn is Burton uttered a number - 4.28. Look for Dunn to contribute on special teams, possibly returning kickoffs - if he qualifies.
QB Jake Gelakoska (6-3, 206 | case file) - Gelakoska won't play as a freshman and probably not much as a redshirt freshman, but the staff landed the quarterback they wanted. Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said the 2007 Northwest Nugget has the mobility of Lyle Moevao and the arm strength of Sean Canfield.
OT Jon Ioane (6-5, 325) - This big boy originally signed with OSU in 2004, but failed to qualify. The coaches stuck with him in the JUCO ranks and got his signature again. Ioane had surgery to repair a torn ACL in December, but is expected to arrive to fall camp at full strength. When he is at full strength he excels at opening running lanes for the ball carriers.
DT Latu Moala (6-2, 260 | case file) - A first team All-NorCal defensive end selection as a sophomore at San Mateo who is relentless at pursing the ball carrier. Moala has good balance and a quick first step which allows him to get into the backfield quickly. He will immediately been in the rotation at defensive tackle in the fall.
DT Sioeli Nau (6-2, 292 | case file) - At just around 300 pounds Nau's craft is clogging the middle and stopping the run, almost the exact opposite of Moala. Nau is already enrolled in school getting acclimated to life in Corvallis which will give him a leg up on the competition as he heads into spring practice in April.
RB Ryan McCants (6-2, 230 | case file) - Offered by half of the Pac-10, McCants is the future featured running back to sport the Orange and Black. He is big, physical and likes to deal out punishment. His pass blocking skills are better than most players from the prep ranks giving him an advantage in fall camp. The coaches want him to get acclimated to Pac-10 ball and have talked about playing him on special teams.
CB David Ross (6-0, 174) - One of the better athletes from the '07 class Ross is a lockdown corner who could see early playing time. His man-to-man coverage skills fit perfectly with OSU's defensive scheme. The first team All-State cornerback is a future star in the defensive backfield.
Tomorrow - The future stars