Recruiting Road Map - Offense

IT SEEMS THAT the recruiting class on the offensive side of the ball is almost complete as the coaches build for the future. Of course, things can and do remain in flux all the way up to and including the first Wednesday in February when players sign their Letters of Intent. But what is striking about this class offensively already, the needs the coaches have filled.


- Quarterback -
Currently on scholarship: 5 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 2
Verbals: Cody Vaz, Jack Lomax

Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao are both around for one more year while Virginia transfer Peter Lalich adds instant depth with some starting experience to ease Ryan Katz, who redshirted, into a starting role.

Kaulin Krebs also redshirted, but may transfer or be moved to another position as the quarterback position is packed with scholarshiped players.

Cody Vaz and Jack Lomax are the quarterbacks of the future who will redshirt and compete for a starting spot in 2011 and beyond.

 


- Running Back -
Currently on scholarship: 3 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 0
Verbal:
-

With Jacquizz Rodgers' breakout freshman season and Ryan McCants just a sophomore the team is very young at running back.  Through in Jeremy Francis, who improved at the end of the year, and the team is stacked for three more years.

The coaches did not recruit at running back in 2009, but will have to start looking to the future in 2010 and definitely in 2011.

Jovan Stevenson, who will enroll in January, was originally a running back recruit, but the coaches are going to place him in the defensive secondary.

 


- Wide Receiver -
Currently on scholarship: 7 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 2-3
Verbals: Tramaine Thompson, Micah Hatfield


 

One of the most explosive playmakers in the history of the program graduates in Sammie Stroughter along with the steady Shane Morales.  Backup Chris Johnson also graduates.

Despite two starters graduating the superb James Rodgers returns along with Darrell Catchings who saw limited action as a sophomore after a stellar freshman season.

Casey Kjos and Kyle Brown have been in the system for several years and are expected to contribute in '09, but don't count out two talented freshman in Jordan Bishop and Geno Munoz who redshirted and are ready to help out.

Getting a couple of receivers in the system is always a must as the coaches grabbed Oklahoma product Tramaine Thompson and Oregonian Micah Hatfield to fill their future needs.

But the coaches want more as Washington's top high school player Gino Simone recently opened up his recruiting process after earlier committing to Washington State and former OSU verbal and speedster Reggie Dunn is still very interested in playing in Corvallis.


- Offensive Tackle -
Currently on scholarship: 5 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 2-3
Verbal: Tyler Thomas, Grant Enger

Two offensive tackles - first team All-Pac-10 pick Andy Levitre and part time starter Tavita Thompson -  are gone. Part time starter and possibly full time starter in 2009 Mike Remmers is set get a scholarship.  Una Smiley, Brent McNeil and Timi Oshinowo will battle for the other tackle spot and to fill out the two deeps.

Rory Ross and Colin Kelly, whom the coaches are high are, both redshirted and will get a shot at the two deeps.

Smiley is the only player set to graduate in '09, so the team is set for one more year, but there it is always a priority of getting young offensive tackles into the program.

Montana's Tyler Thomas and Washington's Grant Enger are the offensive tackles of the future. 

They share characteristics - blue-collared, aggressive, don't mind getting dirty - that offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh loves.

The coaches would like to add at least one more player as they are looking at San Bernardino's Michael Phillip, Hawaii's Stan Hasiak and Sheldon's Charles Siddoway.


- Offensive Guard -
Currently on scholarship: 3 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 2-3
Verbal: Mike Beaton, Joshua Andrews


 

Just like the offensive tackles it is imperative to sign a couple of offensive guards each year as it takes time for the recruits to get acclimated to big time football.

Gone is second team All-Pac-10 pick Adam Speer along with former Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Jeremy Perry whose football career is over due to injuries.

Gregg Peat has one guard position locked down and he graduates in 2009.  The cupboard is pretty bare behind Peat though.

Ryan Pohl has played every position on the line, but looks like he will compete for a starting guard spot.  The coaches are very high on Colin Lyons and the depth chart is wide open for him to take a run at a starting spot as a redshirt freshman.

Brent McNeil played at both guard and tackle in fall camp, but will probably be moved back to guard.

Oregon's Mike Beaton and California's Joshua Andrews are currently the guards for the class, but the coaches wouldn't mind adding one more.

 


- Center -
Currently on scholarship: 1 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 1
Verbal: John Braun

Alex Linnenkohl is around for two more years so getting a young center into the program is a must.

Ryan Pohl will act as Linnenkohl's backup as Oregonian and the first verbal of the 2009 class John Braun redshirts and preps for a staring role as a sophomore.


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

The shelves are still stocked at tight end with Howard Croom and John Reese around for one more year while Brady Camp and Gabe Miller are around for two more.

Joe Halahuni received valuable playing time in 2008 while Colby Prince redshirted.

The coaches did not recruit at tight end in '09, but will have to look for some young talent in 2010.


- Kicker -
Currently on scholarship: 1 | Recruiting priority: 0 | Look to sign: 0

Justin Kahut isn't set to graduate until 2011 so the team is set a kicker for three more years.



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