OL expected to be big part of '09 OSU class

THE NUMBERS CAN and do remain in flux all the way up until Signing Day -- areas of need change as a year goes along. But in breaking down the roster, positions and crunching the numbers, Beaverfootball.com projects the offensive line as the position that will see the most back and orange signees next February.

BF.C projects Oregon State to take 19 recruits next Signing Day, not including grayshirts -- though history has shown and it's worth noting again: The final numbers can and do move over the course of the year and based on a variety of factors.

In breaking down the early figures projection, nine of those 19 figure to come on the offensive side of the ball. The o-line is where the greatest numbers are found -- and on either side of the ball.

Why? Because of the two-deeps at the end of last season up front, 8-of-10 hosses were either juniors or seniors and the numbers of freshmen and sophomores waiting in the wings would also seem to indicate a need. There's also that old football truism: you can never have enough quality offensive linemen.

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The Beaverfootball.com projection calls for Oregon State to take five offensive linemen in '09. Of the known offers extended by Oregon State, two are to prep offensive tackle prospects on the West Coast.

Eugene's Charles Siddoway already checks in at 6-6.5 and 302 pounds. He has surprising athleticism and agility for his size and perhaps most importantly, has good lateral movement.

Michael Philipp is a 6-4, 300-pounder out of San Bernardino, Calif. and although his height might suggest that of an interior lineman, he has a clear preference to man the tackle spot. Two of his older brothers, Paul and Hans, play for Arizona and he already holds offers from five of the schools in the Pac-10.

THE WIDE RECEIVER position is projected to see an influx of three new signees next February.

Of the two deeps at the end of last year at flanker, split end and slotback for Oregon State, 4-of-6 were either juniors or seniors.

Included among the (very) early pool of prospects in 2009, Diante Jackson, Myron Dillard, Kevin Cummings, Johnny Millard and Billy Ray Stutzmann, and Oregon natives Gianni Carter and Mitch Matthews.

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM says a school takes a QB every class and BF.C projects the Beavs will indeed sign a signal caller in 2009.

Among the (very) early names who have listed Oregon State a school of interest are Californians Austyn Carta-Samuels, Colton Morrison, Rashaad Reynolds and Joe Southwick, and Tulatin's Levi Levasa.

THERE ARE TWO MORE SPOTS spots in the projection and they could end up being used on offense next February -- but as of this early point in the process, BF.C has not allocated those two for either side of the ball. And they could also end up being used on special teams.

Oregon State has enjoyed success in taking a kicker or punter as a walk-on and then putting him on scholarship after he "earns it", Alexis Serna being but one example. At the same time, there are those OSU has deemed worthy of an offer -- longsnapper Marcus Perry was "scholarshipped" by Oregon State right out of high school.

Whether a special teamer emerges this recruiting season and earns an OSU scholarship offer is just one of many questions that will be answered over the coming year. Coming soon, a look at the early projection on the defensive side of the ball.

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