2008 BEAVER FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS

FINAL: 2/7 5:22PM -- The fax machine in the OSU football office got going early, with signed Letters of Intent from the 2008 Beaver football recruiting class continue to arrive throughout the day. The first to sign was the Parade All-American running back from Texas, Jacquizz Rodgers. He was later joined by more than a few of his future Beaver teammates, including Simi Kuli, Ryan Katz and more.

OREGON STATE CLASS OF 2008
February 6, 2008

SIGNED LETTERS OF INTENT

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, 5-6, 180, Richmond, Texas (Lamar Consolidated)
Jacquizz (pronounced Ja-QUIZ) is the brother of 2007 Beaver freshman standout WR James Rodgers who rushed for over 500 yards...Jacquizz, nicknamed "Mr. Touchdown" by his prep teammates, broke the state record for career touchdowns with 136...He led Lamar Consolidated to its first state title (4A) and an undefeated season, rushing for 240 yards in the title game...He rushed for 2,902 yards and scored 43 touchdowns his senior year...He is rated the 21st best running back in the nation by Scout.com... He rushed for 8,245 yards for his career, the sixth-highest total in the state...named the inaugural Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Player of the Year...First Team EA Sports High School All-American...2008 Parade All-American...also played safety...San Francisco 49er safety Michael Lewis is an uncle.

Tony Wilson LB, 6-1, 207, Salem, Ore. (Sprague)
Scout.com's 31st best linebacker in the nation...Scout.com Northwest recruiting analyst Chris Fetters on Wilson – "Wilson brings a lot of things that other big linebackers may not have - and that's athleticism. He's big, strong, tough, physical - but he's also really athletic for his size and moves extremely well, a very fluid runner. On top of that, he's a very smart player"...As a senior he had 139 tackles and rushed for 20 touchdowns...also played running back...He's a star in the classroom, with a 3.65 GPA at Sprague...he's a standout in baseball and basketball as well, earning all-conference honors in both during his prep career...he helped Sprague to the state title as a freshman...he is the Statesman Journal 2007 All-Region Defensive Player of the Year...2007 6A All-State second team...Tacoma News Western 100 member.

Jordan Bishop WR, 6-3, 195, Salem, Ore. (West Salem)
Bishop was a first team all-state selection as a wide receiver and cornerback following the 2007 season, and was also a first team all-league selection as a receiver, cornerback and special teams player... He was named first team All-Central Valley in basketball as a junior...He's a standout in track where he was last year's highest scoring athlete in the state meet, finishing second in the high jump, long jump and 400 meters (49.56)...Head coach Shawn Stanley on Bishop – "If he is not a Division I receiver than I will never coach one because he is the best I will ever get -- I have never seen anyone catch him from behind."

Kevan Walker WR/CB, 6-1, 186, Arcadia, Calif. (Arcadia)
Walker had an outstanding senior season for Arcadia, playing both quarterback and wide receiver according to the Pasadena Independent. He'll be coming into Oregon State as a receiver and his official OSU bio lists 38 receptions for 571 yards at Arcadia...He was named Pasadena Star-News All-Area First Team, first team All-Pacific Coast League...He played his first two high school seasons at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Vir., where he was a first team all-district and honorable mention all-region selection as a sophomore...He played with current Beaver Eric Rider at Arcadia and his father, DeWayne Walker, is the defensive coordinator at UCLA and a former defensive back at Minnesota.

Jovan Stevenson RB, 5-11, 195, Tucson, Ariz. (Sunnyside)
Jovan (pronounced joe-von) rushed for 1,470 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior after gaining 1,863 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior...In the '07 state 5A semifinals, he rushed for 200 yards on 24 carries with a rushing and receiving touchdown...He was named 2007 All-Southern Arizona First Team as an all-purpose back...2007 All-Southern Arizona First Team as an all-purpose back...also played cornerback for Sunnyside...he was a first team all-state as a junior after leading the team to the state title game.

Keynan Parker RB/WR, 6-0, 183, Burnaby, B.C. (Thomas More Collegiate)
Keynan (pronounced Keenan) rushed for 2,279 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior...2007 British Columbia Offensive Player of the Year...He is a standout in track where he won gold medals in August's B.C/Yukon Canadian Legion Nationals in the 100 and 200 meters...He placed fifth at the 2007 World Youth Track and Field Championships in the 100 with a 10.61...he won several gold medals in last June's B.C. High School Championships...His father, James "Quick" Parker played football at Wake Forest before becoming an All-Canadian Football League five time selection. The elder Parker's 26.5 sacks in 1984 remain an all-time CFL record.

Colin KellyATH, 6-5, 250, Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS)
Colin was a 2007 first team Greater St. Helens League selection at tight end...also played defensive end...also plays basketball, where he is averaging nine points this season...Seattle Times Red-Chip player...Kelso head coach Pat Hymes on Colin – "Colin has a great work ethic. He will continue to get stronger with his commitment to the weight room. He's a double-double type guy on the basketball court and he's considering throwing the shot put this spring, which will only make him stronger. He's a guy with terrific size and athleticism."

Colin Lyons-Pena OG, 6-4, 307, Fair Oaks, Calif. (Del Campo HS)
Considered a major reason Del Campo won the CIF Section title...Del Campo head coach Mike Dimino on Colin – "He's a very, very good athlete playing the line position. He's the total package"...All-Sac-Joaquin Section football team selection...Sacramento Bee all-region team...second team Division II all-state team.

Ben Terry DE, 6-3, 240, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS/Saddleback CC)
He was a first-team All-Mission Conference selection last season after recording 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks...runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds...honorable mention All-American following the 2007 season...played at Arizona Western CC his freshman season...as a senior at Capistrano Valley High, logged double figures for tackles six times, including 18 in one game...he was first team all-league and Capistrano Valley's MVP in 2005.

Geno Munoz WR, 6-0, 180, Tacoma, Wash. (Mt. Tahoma)
Scout.com three-star athlete...Was named to the Scout.com Los Angeles All-Combine Team this spring. "With plenty of California prospects to mix it up against, it was the Washington native Munoz who stood out amongst the receivers," Scout.com West Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman said. "Munoz caught everything thrown to him. He made the tough catch and battled with the DB's all day. He played physical and with a swagger." Missed time his senior season with injuries his senior year...He was a first-team All-Narrows Bay Division as a junior and honorable mention in basketball...Mt. Tahoma Academic Achievers Club...also competed in track.

Ryan Katz QB, 6-2, 194, Santa Monica, Calif. (Santa Monica HS)
He passed (120-208) for 1,860 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions last season – also gained 477 yards rushing...Ocean League MVP in 2007 and earned the team's Offensive MVP for the third straight year...Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 member...as a junior, he passed for 1,945 yards, 19 touchdowns and was intercepted four times -- also rushed for 239 yards...first team All-Ocean League honors...as a sophomore, he passed 1,578 yards...Santa Monica head coach Zach Cuda on Ryan "He's a special kid on the football field. He's fun to watch and he makes good decisions. Whatever it is about him, kids just gravitate to him"... two-time Quarterback Combine (Pasadena, Cal.) participant...former prep teammate of current Beaver redshirt freshman Cameron Collins...Katz will enroll early at OSU this spring.

Simi Kuli, DE, 6-4, 270, Hawthorne, Calif. (Hawthorne HS/El Camino CC)
A Scout.com 5-star athlete and arguably the top junior college prospect in the nation...2007 First Team JuCo All-American and first team All-Mission Conference...team captain as a sophomore...posted 50 tackles, including 15-for-loss and five sacks as a freshman...as a senior (2005) at Hawthorne High School he had 47 tackles and 19 receptions for 235 yards and three touchdowns...did not attend a college in the fall of 2005 and played just two years of high school football...he is the cousin of former Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata...El Camino defensive coordinator Tim Hyde on Simi – "He's fun-loving, very outgoing and he likes to talk a lot. He has a lot of fun with his teammates. He is very close to everyone."

Viliamu Nau, OT, 6-6, 330, Ontario, Calif. (Don Antonio Lugo HS/Mt. San Antonio CC)
Nau (pronounced Now) helped Mt. San Antonio to the California Community College championship game...transferred to Mt. SAC from Arizona Western College prior to his sophomore year...redshirted in 2007 and thus has two years of eligibility...starting right tackle in 2006...Mt. San Antonio head coach Robert Jastrab on Vili – "He's big, very athletic and a hard worker. He has great feet and runs very well – he's definitely a Pac-10 player"...no relation to current Beaver Sioeli Nau.

Kameron Krebs, DB/LB, 6-2, 210, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)
Kameron attended Kahuku High School in Hawai'i as a sophomore before transferring to Mission Viejo...he excelled at linebacker and also played receiver at Mission Viejo...injured during the summer prior to his senior season and played in just the final two games...runs the 40 in 4.64...also played basketball in high school.

Anthony Siilata, 6-2, 320, TE/OL/DL, Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku)
Siilata (pronounced C-E-Lah-tah) moved from offensive guard to nose tackle during the season...2007 First Team All-State...joins several current Kahuku Beavers, including Jeremy Perry and Al Afalava.


Previous Signees
Jeremy Francis, RB, 6-1, 220, Winter Park, Fla. (Lake Howell HS/El Camino CC)
Francis signed a letter of intent during the winter junior college signing period...Scout.com states he's "a dual threat with good hands coming out of the backfield"...several El Camino prospects have flourished at OSU recently, including former linebacker Keith Ellison (Buffalo Bills) and current quarterback Lyle Moevao...El Camino head coach John Featherstone on Francis – "I can't say enough about Jeremy. He is a great running back and a tremendous receiver. He can play tailback, fullback, or H-back, in fact Riles (Mike Riley) was telling me that he thinks he can make an immediate impact at H-back"...El Camino was the 2007 Mission Conference champions, with Francis earning second team all-league.

Brent McNeil, OT, 6-3, 325, Van Nuys, Calif. (Birmingham HS/El Camino CC)
Signed with OSU in late December during the JC signing period...has three years of eligibility remaining...2007 First Team All-Mission Conference...joins Jeremy Francis as El Camino transfers...the nephew of former UCLA great running back Freeman McNeil...El Camino head coach John Featherstone on McNeil – "Brent has great feet and is a great technician. He is a tough kid, very smart and he plays every play hard. I would feel comfortable putting him at tackle, guard or center"...played in 2006 at El Camino...played center on the basketball team at Birmingham High School.

Stephen Paea, DT, 6-2, 295, Los Altos, Calif. (Timpview HS - Utah/Snow CC) Paea (Paw-A-uh) signed with OSU in late December during the JC signing period...three years of eligibility remaining...the Tonga Islands native helped Snow to a undefeated regular season and final No. 3 ranking...all-region at Timpview High School, where he also was a standout in the shot put...current Beaver Sioeli Nau was a teammate at Snow...intends to major in engineering or architecture at OSU.




More Signing Day Coverage

  • 12:00 p.m.- 1240 KEJO ‘Joe Beaver Show' live from Valley Football Center.

  • 3:25 p.m. – Mike Riley live on 1080 The Fan (KFXX in Portland).

  • 6:00 p.m.- Portland Football Recruiting Dinner- Sold Out!

  • KPAM 860's Ron Callan will also have interviews with Mike Riley on "Bob Miller in the Morning Show."

  • Next Wednesday's Beavers All Access show on FSN Northwest will recap the Signing Day.

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