2009 Offensive Class projection

WITH THE FIFTH known verbal of Oregon State's 2009 class now in the fold in the person of ATH Dax Dilbeck, where might the next black and orange pledge line up? An updated, closer look at the Beaver class of '09 projection numbers on the offensive side of the ball.

With S Bryan Payton, RB Ahmed Mokhtar and RB Patrick Fuller all leaving the program in the last few months, BF.C projects Oregon State to take 22 total recruits next Signing Day not including grayshirts.

One caveat, and history has shown and it's worth noting again: The final numbers can and do move over the course of the year due to any number of factors.

And the areas of need in a recruiting class also change as the year goes along, often right up until Signing Day in February.

Still, in breaking down the Oregon State roster, looking at the position depth and crunching the numbers, here is an early look at the Beaverfootball.com projection on offensive needs and numbers in the 2009 OSU class.

The o-line is where the greatest OSU need looks to exist -- on offense of defense.

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 oft-repeated football truism: you can never have enough quality offensive linemen.

The Beaverfootball.com projection calls for Oregon State to take six offensive linemen in '09. Two OSU targets, John Braun and Mike Beaton, are already Beaver verbals.

Of the known offers extended by Oregon State, Eugene's Charles Siddoway 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.

Grant Enger is a 6-5, 250 pounder whom Oregon State was first to offer. Scout.com's Allen Wallace's latest article on Enger has the Beavers with a slight lead.

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

Cody Vaz had an exceptional showing at the OSU summer camp, showing poise, accuracy and arm strength. Caz threw for 3,265 yards in '07, with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.

RUNNING BACK, early on back in February, looked to be one of the positions the Beavers might not choose to spend a scholie on for '09 but while Fuller would have been a senior, Mokhtar was a redshirt freshman-to-be. BF.C now projects Oregon State will look for a quick-type RB with moves.

Cameron Marshall out of San Joe and Bryce Lamb from Chandler, Ariz., are two of the candidates. Each holds an Oregon State offer.

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 early pool of prospects in 2009, Diante Jackson, Gino Simone, Tramaine Thompson, Patrick Barker and Oregon natives Gianni Carter and Mitch Matthews.

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

Oregon State has, however, 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.

In case you missed it, be sure and check out this new feature -- BF.com's Class of 2009 Pledge Board, including photos, stats, honors, bios and more.

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