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: 3 | Look to sign: 1-2
Verbal: Ryan Katz

Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao have two more years to go, but Oregon State has failed to sign a prep quarterback the couple of years after striking out in 2006 with Jake Gelakoska not qualifying in 2007. Getting a young quarterback in the system is a must.

Santa Monica's Ryan Katz, an excellent student with a 3.8 GPA, verbaled in the summer which is a good start. The staff is still shopping around though and would like to ideally add one more prep quarterback.


- Running Back -
Currently on scholarship: 3 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 2
Verbal: Jacquizz Rodgers, Jeremy Francis, Jovan Stevenson

Despite Patrick Fuller being the only back on the roster with collegiate carries, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the running backs as redshirt freshman Ryan McCants and junior college transfer Jeremy Francis are set to battle for starting duties.

Add redshirt freshman Ahmed Mohktar and soon to be signed Jacquizz Rodgers, perhaps the headliner of the 2008 class, to the mix and the running backs are young, but loaded with talent.

The recruiting needs are meet here for the moment. Sunnyside's Jovan Stevenson is a grayshirt candidate.


- Wide Receiver -
Currently on scholarship: 7 | Recruiting priority: 5 | Look to sign: 2-3
Verbal: Geno Munoz, Brandon Wimberly


 

Good news surrounds the wide receiving group as well as Sammie Stroughter is expected to return after missing most of the year with a bruised kidney while Shane Morales and Chris Johnson will be more experienced.

The exceptional news lies with underclassmen James Rodgers and Darrell Catchings who both turned in fine true freshman years and will fill out the starting lineup alongside Stroughter. But don't count out Casey Kjos, who can't seem to catch a break with injuries, and the ever improving Kyle Brown.

Three seniors are gone at the conclusion of the 2008 season, adding at least two prep receivers is paramount.

The staff already landed Mount Tahoma's Geno Munoz and expect Brandon Wimberly, a holdover from last year, to enroll in '08, but the staff is targeting several others receivers to fill voids in the depth chart.


- Offensive Tackle -
Currently on scholarship: 5 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 2
Verbal: Kevin Pankey, Rory Ross

The offensive tackles are set with Andy Levitre returning for his senior season while Tavita Thompson is in the process of getting some paperwork straightened out so he can return. Michael Cole has a year of ball under his belt while Ryan Pohl received one start and other valuable playing time.

Mau Nomani has decided to go on his Mormon mission. Timi Oshinowo is ready to slice into the two deeps.

Kevin Pankey and Rory Ross, both holdovers from the 2007 class, are both expected to sign in 2008 giving the team a nice distribution of upper and lower classmen.


- Offensive Guard -
Currently on scholarship: 3 | Recruiting priority: 0| Look to sign: 2
Verbal: Brent McNeil, Colin Lyons-Pena, Donovan Stevenson


 

It's unfortunate that Jeremy Perry got injured, but his injury forced him to reconsider declaring early for the NFL Draft as he will be back for his senior year. The versatile Adam Speer is back along with Gregg Peat who received lots of valuable playing time.

It is a little thin behind the aforementioned three and that's why the team already has three verbals from offensive guards - junior college transfer Brent McNeil, El Camino's Donovan Stevenson and Del Campo's Colin Lyons-Pena. Stevenson may be a grayshirt candidate while Lyons-Pena is expected to redshirt.

This year's class is complete, but offensive guard will be another focus in 2009 recruiting.


- Center -
Currently on scholarship: 2 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 0
Verbal: Dominic Galas

Marcus Henderson is in his senior year and will battle with sophomore Alex Linnenkohl for the starting duties in '08.

The coaches got Central Catholic's Dominic Galas for the future as they look continue a long line of superb Orange and Black centers.


- Tight End -
Currently on scholarship: 5 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 1
Verbal: Colby Prince

A major focus by the staff to stock the tight end position has paid off as the team is flat out loaded for several years to come.

Howard Croom and John Reese are both around for two more years while Brady Camp and Gabe Miller are around for three more. All four received valuable playing time in 2007.

Joe Halahuni redshirted, but is expected to be a future contributor. Add a fast and lanky Colby Prince, a holdover from the 2007 class, to the mix in 2008 and the position will be stacked for easily three to four more years.


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

Walk-on Justin Kahut is set to take over in 2008, but is not on scholarship just quite yet.



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