Big blowout recruiting weekend on tap

IT TURNS OUT Oregon State will, beginning today, be having a big recruiting weekend after all to cap off December. The Beavers, in addition to their practice preparations for No. 18 Pitt in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, are reportedly playing to host 11, count 'em -- 11, prep and junior college prospects this weekend in Corvallis. All that plus an updated crunching of the numbers and more..

This is the last weekend of the year before the current contact period takes a temporary timeout for the holidats before cranking back up in January. Four of the visitors this weekend have already verbally committed to OSU; offensive tackles John Braun and Grant Enger, receiver/safety/corner Dax Dilbeck and linebacker Rueben Robinson will all be in attendance according to the Portland Tribune this week.

WR Gino Simone is scheduled to travel to Corvallis, as are linebacker Boseko Lokombo, wide receiver Markus Wheaton, wide receiver Reggie Dunn, cornerback Cory Smith, offensive tackle Aaron Magnuson and safety Jordan Poyer.

Lokombo is the No. 8 rated MLB prospect in the nation. He moved from Eugene back home to Canada prior to his senior season and tore up the competition on both offense and defense. He has taken official visits to Oregon and Cal to date.

Simone is the top rated prospect in the state of Washington for the 2009 class regardless of position. Simone plays bigger than is 6-0, 175-pound frame and has an excellent set of hands and football acumen. He's taken an official visit to WSU thus far.

Wheaton is also a highly regarded receiver who has offers from Oregon, Cal, UCLA and several others. His Corvallis trip is his fourth official visit, having already tripped to Eugene, Berkeley and Boulder.

Dunn, during his prep days a 4-star speedster coming out of L.A., originally signed with the Beavers in an eleventh hour signing day surprise one year ago. Then, Dunn was reported to be all but committed to varying schools, including Arizona and Washington, and held a number of Pac-10 offers including those from Oregon and ASU, before signing with the Beavers. Academics necessitated a junior college route and this time around, he has known offers from Arizona, Utah and Kansas State in addition to the OSU full ride. Dunn did not play in '07 and would have three years to play three.

Magnuson and Poyer, out of West Albany and Astoria, respectively, have not been offered scholarships pre-visit while Smith played in only four games this season for COS but all have clearly caught the eye of the OSU coaches.

OREGON STATE IS projected to sign as many as 22 this class after earlier estimates had the number pegged at 18 but as is often the case, and as evidenced by Jeremy Francis' leaving the team to be with his ailing mother this week, the numbers can and do fluctuate all the way up until February's Letter of Intent Day.

The Beavs have 18 known verbals -- including a soft verbal in Conroy Black, plus a grayshirt holdover from the '08 class expected to enroll in January in the form of running back Jovan Stevenson out of Tucson.

The Beavs are known to want to hold one of those final three spots open for Simi Kuli, the lauded d-lineman who was not cleared academically in order to join the Beavs this year. He is expected to finish up his remaining class work by January in order to enroll at OSU at the beginning of the term.

The Beavers are also expected to oversign, a process known as grayshirting, whereby the signee delays enrollment until January of the following year.

In other words, there looks to be lots of recruiting news to be made between now and Feb. 4.

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