Pretty much wrapped up, 24 sign LOIs

MIKE RILEY UNVEILED a recruiting class today that featured two 4-star signees including one of the top rated offensive linemen in the nation, eight of the top rated prospects in the Northwest, a top 30 linebacker, a quarterback who has shot up the ranking rankings in the last month, and a receiver considered by many to have been a lock for OSU's rival. And there was also a surprise or two.

NOTE: Cory Smith was the first name this morning to show on OSU's official signing list but was taken down shortly thereafter. A local newspaper termed it originally to be a "paperwork blunder on OSU's end" and then later Smith signed with Nevada.

Check in later this evening for our Cream of the Crop and Future Stars features.

And there's so much content, we couldn't fit it all into one day -- look for more exclusive features on the recruiting class coming Thursday and Friday.

OSU CLASS OF 2009
February 4, 2009

LIST OF SIGNED LETTERS OF INTENT RECEIVED:

Name: Sean Martin (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Corona, CA (Santiago Sharks)
League (Section): Big VIII (Southern)
Commitment: Nov. of 2008
Position: Cornerback/receiver projected as a cornerback
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
40: 4.5
Recruited by: Reggie Davis

Summary:  A big hitter who possesses good hips and the ability to locate and adjust to the ball in the air.

Honors:

  • First team Big VIII League cornerback (2008)
  • Named one of the top performers at the Badger/New Level 7-on-7 Passing Tourney (2008)
  • Named to All-Combine team at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine (2008)

Hard Hits:

  • Vertical: 34.6
  • Three star recruit by Scout.com
  • #116 on Scout.com's West Hot 150
  • Named the 55th best cornerback prospect in the nation by Scout.com
  • Wants to major in business
  • Standout in track in the 100 meters and 4x100 meters
  • Senior team finished 6-5 and lost in the first round of playoffs
  • 21 catches for 259 yards (21.9 ypc) and six touchdowns with a long of 70 (2008)
  • 61 tackles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions on defense (2008)
  • 116 tackles and one interception (2007)
  • Had 27 tackles in one game as a junior (2007)
  • Teammate of current OSU RB Ryan McCants at Santiago HS (2006)
  • As a sophomore was a first team member of the National Underclassmen Combine for the West Coast (2006)
  • Martin says, "The coaches, the school, the atmosphere, the fans - they all made my decision easy for me after I thought about it."
  • ESPN says, "He possesses good size with his height and well-defined frame."
     

Chose Oregon State over: Minnesota (offer), UNLV (offer)

Story: A surprising Saturday | ESPN.com evaluation




Name: Tyler Thomas (picture from Billings Gazette)
Hometown (High School): Kalispell, MT (Flathead Braves)
League: AA
Commitment: Sept. of 2008
Position: Offensive/defensive tackle projected as a offensive tackle
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 285
40: -
Recruited by: Greg Newhouse

Summary:  Naturally strong player with a blue collar work ethic.

Honors:

  • Second team 2A All-State offensive tackle (2008)
  • First team 2A All-State defensive tackle (2008)
  • Will play in East-West All-Star Shrine game in July (2008)
  • First team All-Western Conference offensive tackle and defensive lineman (2008)
  • Second team All-State offensive tackle and defensive end (2007)
  • First team All-Western Conference offensive tackle and defensive lineman (2007)

Hard Hits:

  • Senior team had a 6-5 record and lost in the first round of playoffs (2008)
  • Two star recruit by Scout.com
  • Also an accomplished wrestler who started wresting as a junior, named to Pat Tweed All-Tournament team where he went 7-0 in his weight division (2007), placed third in Tri-State Tournament in Idaho (2007)
  • Lost to his brother in the state wresting finals (2007)
  • Wants to study nuclear engineering or medicine
  • Scheduled to play in this July's Montana East-West Shrine Game as a defensive tackle

Chose Oregon State over: Montana, Montana State, Oregon

Story: Beav's land Montana hoss | ESPN.com evaluation | Faces: Tyler Thomas




Name: Michael Doctor (picture from Tulsa World)
Hometown (High School): Jenks, OK (Booker T. Washington Hornets)
League: 6A District 4
Commitment: Sept. of 2008
Position: Linebacker projected as a linebacker or safety
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
40: 4.5
Recruited by: Danny Langsdorf

Summary:  Athletic, hard hitting linebacker with big-play potential.

Honors:

  • First team All-State linebacker by the Oklahoman (2008)
  • Named All-State Player of the Year by Tulsa World (2008)
  • First team All-State linebacker by Tulsa World (2008)
  • First team All-State running back by Oklahoma Coaches Association (2008)
  • First team All-Metro running back (2008)
  • District 6A-3 Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • Played in annual Oklahoma high school All-Star game (2008)
  • Rated the No. 2 linebacker prospect in Oklahoma by Tulsa World  (2008)

Hard Hits:

  • Named the 39th best outside linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com
  • SuperPrep named him the 34th best player in the Midlands (Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah) Area
  • Three star recruit by Scout.com
  • A starter since his sophomore year
  • Favorite athlete is Ray Lewis
  • Recorded 130 tackles, eight sacks, one fumble returned for a touchdown and three interceptions (2008)
  • A big part of a defense that held five opponents to seven or fewer points including a streak of three straight shutouts (2008)
  • Ran for 1,299 yards and 23 touchdowns on 154 carries, 8.4 ypc; also has two touchdown receptions and two punt returns for touchdowns (2008)
  • Senior team finished 6-5 and lost in first round of playoffs
  • Recorded 150 tackles, picked off nine passes and had 10 fumble recovers (2007)
  • Rushed for over 700 yards and eight touchdowns (2007)
  • Tallied 158 tackles, second in class 6A (2006)
  • MSL Combines says, "Here is a player who sees the entire field, runs very well and makes plays. Will be among the best in the region over the next few years."
  • Dad played running back and safety at Purdue
  • Hornets' offensive lineman Keenan Taylor says, "He's a headhunter. He just goes after people." - 
  • Booker T. Washington coach Antwain Jimerson says, "He's a very unselfish player.  He's been a great leader. He led by example and if he needed to correct somebody he would do that."
  • Scout.com's Baron Flenory says, "Doctor is an athlete that plays long and hard. He is raw but he uses his god given abilities to make plays. He takes on blocks well and disengages quickly so that he can factor in on the play. RBs do not pick up big gains to his side. He must bulk up as his body can carry the weight and work on his flexibility which is of the upmost importance because he will have to protect his legs to defeat cut blocks."
  • EPSN.com says, "Very well-rounded with his ability to play in space as a well as provide strong run support. Flashes good range, speed and burst pursuing the football."
     

Chose Oregon State over: Tulsa (offer), Oklahoma, Oklahoma State

Story: Scout's Take | ESPN.com evaluation | Oklahoman Profile | 2008 Highlight Video | More highlights | Doctor delivers




Name: Dax Dilbeck (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Edmond, OK (Deer Creek Antlers)
League: 5A District 1
Commitment: July of 2008
Position: Quarterback projected as defensive back or receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
40: 4.52
Recruited by: Danny Langsdorf

Summary:  A gifted all-around athlete with great speed and leaping ability.

Honors:

  • Honorable mention All-State quarterback by the Oklahoman (2008)
  • Selected to play in annual Oklahoma high school All-Star game (2008)
  • Named to 5A West All-Star team by the Oklahoma Coaches Association (2008)
  • 5A-1 Offensive District Player of the Year (2008)
  • First team All-League quarterback (2008)
  • Second Team All-City defensive back (2007)

Hard Hits:

  • Completed 47 of 101 passes (.465) for 601 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.  Ran for 1,398 yards and 19 touchdowns on 196 carries (7.13 ypc) (2008)
  • SuperPrep named him the 64th best player in the Midlands (Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah) Area
  • Had five games of at least three rushing touchdowns in 2008
  • Helped team to a 7-4 mark in 2008, but lost in first round of playoffs
  • Posted the third best SPARQ rating at the Mar. 8 Nike Combine (2008)
  • Took his first snap under center as a freshman on varsity at age 14 and has started ever since
  • Shuttle: 4.19 sec, Vertical jump: 34.1 in. (2007)
  • Rushed for 1,235 yards and 17 touchdowns in Deer Creek's run-oriented attack, while passing for 547 yards and another seven TDs (2007)
  • Qualified for states in track and field, finishing fifth in the 400 meters and and seventh in the 100 meters, where he clocked a time of 10.8. His personal best in the 100-m is 10.6. (2007)
  • Rushed for 622 yards , 6 TDs; passed for 804 yards, 3 TDs (2006)
  • Passed for 400 yards, ran for 600 yards (2005)
  • Has a straight A average throughout his high school career
  • Also participated in track and field
  • ESPN.com says, "Range, ball skills and athleticism project well at safety."
  • Dilbeck says, ""Oregon State, it was just a school that I think fits me really well. Everything about it - the town of Corvallis, the opportunity to play in the Pac-10 and the coaches, all of it fits me really well."

Chose Oregon State over: Kansas, Iowa State, Army (offer), Dartmouth (offer)

Story: Beavs find verbal No. 5 in Oklahoma | Q&A: Deer Creek QB Dax Dilbeck | A Four Year Term | ESPN.com evaluation | | 2008 Highlight Video | 2007 Highlight Video




Name: Kevin Cummings (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Encino, CA (Crespi Celts)
League (Section): Serra (Southern)
Commitment: Jan. of 2009
Position: Receiver/cornerback projected as receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 175
40: 4.6
Recruited by: Disciplined route runner with exceptional speed who can create separation from defensive backs.

Summary:  Mark Banker

Honors:

  • First team CIF-Southern Section selection (2008)

Hard Hits:

  • Three star recruit by Scout.com
  • 22 grabs for 401 yards (18.2 ypc) and three touchdowns; 29 tackles, two interceptions on defense (2008)
  • Senior team finished 6-4 and did not make the playoffs
  • 12 catches for 116 yards (11.6 ypc) (2007)
  • His father played football in the CFL where he met Mike Riley
  • Used to attend Santa Monica where he befriended current Beavers Ryan Katz and Cameron Collins
  • Cousin is EJ Woods who plays safety at UCLA
  • Originally verbaled to San Diego State
  • The L.A. Times said, "Kevin Cummings was seemingly all over the field during Crespi's 31-0 non-league victory over Birmingham on Friday night. And there was nothing the Patriots could do to prevent the 6-foot-1 senior from making big play after big play, on both sides of the ball, no less."
  • ESPN.com says, "He is more of a possession-type wide receiver with good size and the toughness to be effective in the short and intermediate areas of the field."
  • Cummings says, ""I just felt real comfortable there with the coaches, the players and the playing situation. They have been a favorite for a while. I have a couple friends up there, Ryan Katz, Cameron Collins, and it's a big time program that I know I can contribute to."

Chose Oregon State over: San Diego State (offer), New Mexico State (offer), Montana (offer)

Story: Cummings changes it up | ESPN.com evaluation | Cummings' big plays carry Crespi




Name:  Ashton Jefferson (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Alvin, TX (Alvin Yellow Jackets)
League (Section): 5A District 24 (Region III)
Commitment: Jan. of 2009
Position: Running back projected as an athlete (probably a receiver or running back)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
40: 4.48
Recruited by: Danny Langsdorf

Summary: A big frame with plenty of room to grow and home run speed to boot.

Honors:

  • Unanimous and Offensive MVP of the 24-5A District (2008)
  • First team 24-5A District running back (2008)
  • First team 24-5A District kick returner (2008)
  • Brazoria County Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • First team All-Brazoria County running back (2008)
  • 5A All-State honorable mention by the Associated Press  (2008)

Hard Hits:

  • Two star recruit by Scout.com
  • Senior team finished 2-7 and did not make the playoffs
  • Ran for 1,565 yards, the second most in school history, and 14 touchdowns on 261 carries in just nine games (2008)
  • Never fumbled the entire 2008 season
  • Had three 200 yard games and held under 100 yards only once (2008)
  • Returned 13 kickoffs for 398 yards and one touchdown (2008)
  • Accounted for 75% of his team's offense (2008)
  • Originally verbaled to Utah State
  • A regional qualifier in the high jump at 6'02" (2007)
  • Carried the ball 78 times for 434 yards and four touchdowns in a backup role (2007)
  • Alvin head coach Jeff Dungen says, ""My best offensive lineman was 5-10, 190 pounds. Ashton is getting hit four times in the backfield and he's still grinding out five yards. If you give him any type of crease, he's going the distance...he never even came close to getting caught when he broke one. He outran people that had the edge on him too."
     

Chose Oregon State over: Utah State (offer), Kansas, Utah, Iowa State

Story: Beavers land Texan yardage machine | ESPN.com evaluation




Name: Michael Beaton (picture from Statesman Journal)
Hometown (High School): Dallas, OR (Dallas Dragons)
League: 5A Mid-Willamette
Commitment: June of 2008
Position: Offensive tackle projected as an offensive guard/center
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 280
40: 5.36
Recruited by: Jay Locey

Summary: Superb technique and footwork give this 280-pounder excellent leverage and power to push defenders around.

Honors:

  • Honorable mention All-State offensive tackle and defensive lineman (2008)
  • First team All-Mid Willamette Valley offensive tackle and defensive lineman (2008)
  • Second team All-State offensive lineman (2007)
  • Honorable mention All-State defensive lineman (2007)
  • First team All-Conference offensive and defensive lineman (2007)
  • Honorable mention All-State defensive lineman (2006)
  • First team All-Conference offensive lineman (2006)
  • Second team All-Conference defensive lineman (2006)

Hard Hits:

  • Vertical: 20 in.
  • #50 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100
  • Named the 81st best offensive guard prospect in the nation by Scout.com
  • Senior team finished 2-8 and did not make the playoffs
  • Oregon State has been recruiting him since he was a sophomore
  • Also participates in track and field
  • Dallas head coach Bill Masei says, "I didn't know much about Michael when I took the job. I had heard about him, how he had committed to play at Oregon State. When we went to team camp in Eastern Oregon, he just dominated. He was definitely a stud on our offensive and defensive lines."
  • Beaton says, ""I know the offensive line coach, he went up to me and said I had that leverage,. I guess it was the footwork, speed and technique that really caught their eye. After I had sent my game film, I was talking to Locey and he said both the offensive and defensive line coaches liked how I moved, how I went after it on every play and how I handled myself very well."

Chose Oregon State over: Washington State, Oregon, Washington

Story: In-state OL's film the catalyst | Dallas' Beaton verbally commits to OSU | ESPN.com evaluation




Name: John Braun (picture from Democrat Herald)
Hometown (High School): West Albany, OR (West Albany Bulldogs)
League: 5A Mid-Willamette
Commitment: March of 2008
Position: Offensive/defensive tackle projected as an offensive tackle
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 250
40: -
Recruited by: Jay Locey

Summary: An athletic, aggressive lineman with above average speed whom the coaches have slated for offensive tackle, but could end up on the defensive line.

Honors:

  • First team 5A All-State offensive tackle and defensive tackle (2008)
  • First team All-League offensive tackle and defensive tackle (2008)
  • First team All-League offensive tackle and defensive tackle (2007)
  • First team All-State on offense and defense (2007)
  • First team All-League on offense and defense (2007)

Hard Hits:

  • Could go the junior college route due to grades or greyshirt
  • #57 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100
  • Fast forward to 1:51 in this video clip to see some outstanding blocking by Braun as he knocks one defender down and drives another one into the endzone (2008)
  • Recorded 56 tackles and was part of a defense that shutout five consecutive opponents(2008)
  • Senior team finished with a perfect 14-0 record and the 5A State Championship (2008)
  • Helped West Albany to 5A championship title (2007)
  • Helped offense average 43 points per game (2007)
  • Helped the defense give up just 5.4 points per game, 75 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries (2007)
  • 2006 was his first year playing football
  • Has the frame to add on a lot of weight, but still keep his athleticism
  • West Albany High coach Randy Nyquist says, "He can pull and trap and can block rush ends (on offense). For a man his size he has very good feet. He's a pretty good defensive player...and I think if offensive line didn't work out for him, he could play on the other side of the ball."

Chose Oregon State over: Oregon, Cal, UCLA

Story: Beavs land in-state hoss | Braun's final answer | ESPN.com evaluation | Highlight video




Name: Zeke Sanders (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Santa Cruz, CA (Santa Cruz Cardinals)
League (Section):  Santa Cruz Coast (Central Coast)
Commitment: Oct. of 2008
Position: Running back/safety projected as a safety or linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
40: 4.48
Recruited by: Dave Ungerer

Summary: Quick footed and a sure tackler he projects as a safety, but if he keeps his speed while bulking up he could be moved to outside linebacker.

Honors:

  • Co-MVP of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League (2008)
  • Santa Cruz County Athletic League Junior of the Year (2007)

Hard Hits:

  • Nicknamed "Da Freek"
  • Carries at 3.4 GPA
  • Two star recruit by Scout.com
  • 93 tackles on defense (2008)
  • Scored 17 of his team's 27 touchdowns (62%) (2008)
  • Had nine rushing scores, six receiving touchdowns and two scores on special teams. (2008)
  • Four of his touchdowns were from 50 yards out or longer. (2008)
  • Finished with 102 points, second on the team (2008)
  • Named 49ers High School Player of the Week for Oct. 1 after carrying the ball eight times for 124 yards and four touchdowns while leading the team with 11 tackles. (2008)
  • Senior team finished 4-6
  • Earned the Bob Ensweiler Award at the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League boys championship as the meet's top scorer as he won  the 100 (11.20), the 200 (22.29) and anchored the Carindals first place 400 relay.  (2007)
  • Over 50 tackles on defense, a county high 14 touchdowns on offense (2007)
  • Helped lead team to the CCS small school title (2007)
  • Santa Cruz coach Jesse Trumbull says, ""Zeke is a vocal leader and positive example.  He is an extremely likeable young man and is very caring of others. He works hard for his team and asks them to do the same."
  • Sanders says, ""It doesn't bother me where I play.  I love playing safety, coming up and making the hit."
     

Chose Oregon State over: Washington State, Fresno State, Boise State

Story: Beav's land high octane safety | ESPN.com evaluation | MP3 Interview | Santa Cruz's 'Freek' putting signature on prep career




Name: Grant Enger (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Seattle, WA (O'Dea Fighting Irish)
League (Division): 3A Metro (Mountain)
Commitment: Nov. of 2008
Position: Offensive guard/defensive tackle end projected as an offensive tackle
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 250
40: 4.9
Recruited by: Danny Langsdorf

Summary:  Fluid, mobile offensive lineman with a nasty streak who pulls well and has quick feet.

Honors:

  • Named a Red Chip recruit by the Seattle Times (2009)
  • First team 3A All-State offensive lineman by the AP (2008)
  • First team 3A All-State offensive lineman by the News Tribune (2008)
  • First team All-Metro League Mountain Division offensive tackle (2008)
  • Named All-Metro League Mountain Division Lineman of the Year (2008)
  • Named to Seattle Times Star Times team on offense (2008)
  • First team All-Metro League Mountain Division offensive tackle (2007)
  • Second team All-Metro League Mountain Division offensive tackle (2006)

Hard Hits:

  • Three star recruit by Scout.com
  • #38 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100, #115 on Scout.com's West Hot 150
  • Named the 46th best offensive tackle prospect in the nation by Scout.com
  • Oregon State was first to offer
  • Wants to major in business
  • A co-captain as a senior
  • Made The News Tribune's Western Top 100 list
  • Participated in discus throw (2007)
  • Helped his team to a 13-1 record and the state championship finals (2007)
  • Brandon Huffman of Scout.com says, ""Enger is quick off the ball and is very good at pulling. He has good footwork and does a great job of driving his defender back. He excels in run blocking but is also solid in pass blocking."
  • Enger says, "I really like how family-oriented the team is. They really all stick together.  I also like the whole campus and the area and surroundings they're in.  The atmosphere there is great and it seems like everyone really cares for each other there."
     

Chose Oregon State over: Washington (offer), Stanford (offer) , Cal

Story: Three star hoss goes black and orange | ESPN.com evaluation | Highlights




Name: Rueben Robinson (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Chandler, AZ (Hamilton Huskies)
League: 5A Fiesta
Commitment: April of 2008
Position: Safety projected as an outside linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
40: 4.59
Recruited by: Mike Cavanaugh

Summary: Hard hitting, aggressive player with good speed.

Honors:

  • First team 5A All-State linebacker (2008)
  • First team All-Fiesta league linebacker (2008)
  • Honorable mention All-State safety (2007)
  • Three time Player of the Week (2007)
  • Named one of the top 10 football recruits in Arizona by the East Valley Tribune (2007)

Hard Hits:

  • A team captain as a senior
  • Three star recruit by Scout.com
  • Named the 29th best linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com, rated the 13th-best prospect in Arizona according to SuperPrep
  • Played in the same league as Markus Wheaton
  • Helped Huskies to a 13-1 record and the state championship title (2008)
  • 122 tackles (39 solo, 83 assists), 8.7 tpg, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions (2008)
  • Wants to major in engineering
  • 101 tackles (31 solo, 70 assists), 7.7 tpg, three sacks and three interceptions as a strong safety (2007)
  • Bench 280 | Squat 375
  • Helped team to the state title as the only sophomore at Hamilton to play entire season on varsity (2006)
  • His brother, Roger, played college ball at Northern Arizona and is currently playing in NFL Europe
  • Hamilton head coach Steve Belles says, "He’s just a good athlete. He’ll hit you. He has good wheels. He is one of those kids that is a never says die type of kid..”
  • Robinson says, "It just came down to the fact that I couldn't think of a better situation. They are like the linebacker university of the west. They have a great defense and I couldn't see myself any other place."

Chose Oregon State over: Northwestern (offer), Arizona, Arizona State, Washington

Story: Robinson says yes to Orange and Black | ESPN.com evaluation | Highlight video




Name: Josh Kaiwi (picture from Anchorage Daily News)
Hometown (High School): Anchorage, AK (West Eagles)
League: Cook Inlet
Commitment: Nov. of 2008
Position: Defensive end/tight end/running back projected as a defensive end
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 260
40: 4.6
Recruited by: Joe Seumalo

Summary:  A big, athletic bruiser who is projected to lineup on the defensive side of the ball.

Honors:

  • First team All-Cook-Inlet running back (2008)
  • Second team All-Cook-Inlet defensive end (2008)
  • Second team All-State tight end (2007)
  • Honorable mention All-Cook-Inlet tight end (2006)

Hard Hits:

  • Bench max: 315 pounds, bench reps: 25, squat max: 450 pounds
  • Two star recruit by Scout.com
  • Senior team finished 3-5.
  • Also played running back
  • Hurt his right shoulder in late July at the OSU camp and re-injured during the season in August

Chose Oregon State over:  BYU, Oregon

ESPN.com evaluation | West's big thumper pounds Bears




Name: Kyrell Hudson (picture from KATU.com)
Hometown (High School): Vancouver, WA (Evergreen Plainsmen)
League: 4A Greater St. Helens
Commitment: July of 2008
Position: Receiver projected as a receiver
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
40: 4.5
Recruited by: Danny Langsdorf

Summary:  A pure athlete with good hips and superb speed, but will probably end up on the baseball field.

Honors:

  • Named a Red Chip recruit by the Seattle Times (2009)
  • Named to Seattle Times pre-season All-State team as an all purpose back (2008)
  • First team All-4A Greater St. Helens and punt/kick returner (2008)
  • First team All-Columbia River receiver and  kick returner (2008)
  • All-League outfielder (2007)
  • First team All-4A Greater St. Helen and kick returner (2007)
  • First team All-Columbia River and  kick returner (2007)
  • Rated as the fourth best athlete in Washington by the Seattle Times (2008)

Hard Hits:

  • Also a star on the diamond as he plans on playing both baseball (center field) and football (safety)
  • Three star recruit by Scout.com
  • #36 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100
  • Named the 81st best safety prospect in the nation by Scout.com
  • Senior team finished 5-4 and did not make the playoffs
  • Played receiver, defensive back, kick returner and quarterback as a junior
  • Had 12-all purpose touchdowns as a junior - seven TD receptions, three rushing touchdowns, a kickoff return and punt return for scores (2007)
  • Helped his team to a 8-2 record, lost in the regional playoffs (2007)
  • Called one of the 40 best high school players in the country; as a junior hit .450 with 18 RBIs and two homers to go along with 21 stolen bases
  • Played in several prep all-star games during the summer including the AFLAC All-American High School All-Stars Game, the Mariners Cup Game and the Under Armour All-American Game.(2007)
  • Evergreen High head coach Tom Smythe says, "I have been doing this for 44 years and he's the best high school athlete I have ever coached. I have had four or five play in the NFL and hundreds get scholarships so I have plenty to compare him to. He's a special player."
  • ESPN.com says, "Hudson is a very versatile athlete that can play a number of positions. He has good size and possesses both speed and quickness. As a receiver, displays soft hands, has excellent leaping ability, and isn't afraid to go up for the football in a crowd."
  • The Seattle Times says, "Kyrell Hudson is one of the state's most dangerous athletes."
  • Hudson says, ""Oregon State is the best situation for me. They have a great baseball program and they are close enough to my home that my parents can come down to see me."

Chose Oregon State over: Stanford (offer), Boise State, Washington

Story: Beav's No. 9 also bound for diamond | ESPN.com evaluation | AFLAC All-American Profile | Hudson scores three TDs




Name:  Jordan Poyer (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Astoria, OR (Astoria Fishermen)
League: 4A Cowapa
Commitment: Jan. of 2009
Position: Safety/quarterback/receiver projected as a safety
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 179
40: 4.55
Recruited by: Jay Locey

Summary: A natural athlete who excels on both sides of the ball.

Honors:

  • 4A Offensive Player of the Year by The Oregonian (2008)
  • 4A Defensive Player of the Year by The Oregonian (2008)
  • The first player to be selected All-State player of the year on both sides of the ball since 1982.
  • First team 4A All-State quarterback (2008)
  • First team 4A All-State defensive back (2008)
  • Cowapa Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • Cowapa Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • First team All-Cowapa quarterback (2008)
  • First team All-Cowapa defensive back (2008)
  • Player of the game for both semifinal and final game (2008)
  • A candidate for the Oregon Sports Awards' Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year honor (2008)

Hard Hits:

  • Will most likely greyshirt and enroll in January due to limited availability of scholarships
  • #31 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100; two star recruit by Scout.com
  • Finished career as Astoria's career leader for touchdowns (124), passing yards (4,755), touchdown passes (52), rushing yards (3,816) and rushing touchdowns (67)
  • Passed for 2,362 yards and 32 touchdowns while completing 58% of his passes, ran for 1,770 yards and 39 scores (2008)
  • Tallied four interceptions, including three for touchdowns, caused 11 fumbles, recovered six, had 9.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss on defense (2008)
  • Helped senior team to a perfect 14-0 record and the 4A State Title, the first in Astoria's history (2008)
  • Passed for 2,393 yards and 20 touchdowns, rushed for 2,046 yards and 28 touchdowns (2007)
  • Also plays basketball and baseball (pitcher)
  • His father played football at Eastern New Mexico and now a youth football coach in Astoria
  • Astoria head coach Howard Rub told The Oregonian, "I noticed that he was more willing to be vocal and impose his will than when he was an underclassman. He has a certain way of bringing out confidence in everybody else."
  • Central coach Shane Hedrick told The Statesman Journal, "Poyer is going to get his yards. He's one of the most gifted Division I athletes in the state of Oregon."
  • Estacada HS head coach Brigham Baker says, "In real live action, he's probably the best quarterback I've seen at any level of high school football. Jordan Poyer is special. He's a class act. He's very humble. I'd love to see him be successful."
  • Scappoose coach Sean McNabb said told The South County Spotlight, "Jordan Poyer is the best athlete in the state, probably at any level. I don't know what 5A and 6A have, but I can't imagine anyone better."
  • Poyer says, "Coach Locey said they were looking at me more as a Greg Laybourn type of safety, a strong safety type of player. I'm not too worried about what position I might be playing at because I feel comfortable playing wideout if they want me to play wideout -- it's just about where I'll fit best in their system."

Chose Oregon State over: Portland State (offer), Eastern Washington (offer), Idaho (offer)

Story: Will it be gray for Astoria's Poyer? | ESPN.com evaluation | Poyer-led  Astorians unstoppable




Name: Micah Hatfield (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Lake Oswego, OR (Lake Oswego Lakers)
League: 6A Three Rivers
Commitment: Nov. of 2008
Position: Cornerback/receiver projected as a receiver
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 170
40: 4.51
Recruited by: Jay Locey

Summary:  Fluid player with quick feet who runs disciplined routes.

Honors:

  • 6A First team All-State receiver (2008)
  • 6A First team All-State cornerback (2008)
  • First team All-Three Rivers League receiver (2008)
  • First team All-Three Rivers League cornerback (2008)

Hard Hits:

  • #81 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100
  • Two star recruit by Scout.com
  • Caught 45 passes for 868 yards and 13 touchdowns (2008)
  • Also participates in track and field running the 100m (11.94), 200m (23.84) 4x100 relay and the hurdles.
  • Senior team finished 12-1 and lost to Southridge in the 6A state finals (2008)
  • Father Taylor Hatfield was recently inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
  • Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury says, "Micah had an unbelievable year. He's a guy our young kids can look at because he was real small as a freshman and just kept working."
  • Hatfield says, "One thing I really didn't want to lose was the family aspect...I think coach Riley and his coaching staff are almost exactly like coach Coury and his coaching staff -- they bring their guys together so well. Whenever me and Jack would go down and watch their players practice...they just seemed exactly like our team, just really down to earth -- good people, genuine people."
     

Chose Oregon State over: Idaho, Boise State, Air Force

Story: Lomax, Hatfield go orange and black | ESPN.com evaluation | Play of the night: Lomax to Hatfield for game winner | Laker's season recap




Name: Jack Lomax (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Lake Oswego, OR (Lake Oswego Lakers)
League: 6A Three Rivers
Commitment: Nov. of 2008
Position: Quarterback projected as a quarterback
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180
40: -
Recruited by: Jay Locey

Summary:  Accurate, agile passer with great instincts.

Honors:

  • 6A Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • First team 6A all-state quarterback (2008)
  • Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year (2008)
  • Three Rivers League Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • First team All-Three Rivers League quarterback (2008)
  • Scheduled to play in Les Schwab All-Star game (2008)
  • A a candidate for the Oregon Sports Awards' Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year honor (2008)
  • Second team 6A All-State quarterback (2007)

Hard Hits:

  • Son of former NFL and Portland State quarterback Neil Lomax
  • Two star recruit by Scout.com
  • #23 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100, #82 on Scout.com's West Hot 150
  • Senior team finished 12-1 and lost to Southridge in the 6A state finals (2008)
  • Completed for 3,738 yards, 46 touchdowns and seven interceptions (2008)
  • Helped the offense average 41 points per game and over 280 yards passing (2008)
  • In two seasons completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,084 yards, 54 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
  • SuperPrep says, "Jack is accurate, shows good feet and nice mechanics."
  • Brother, Nick, plays at Boise State
  • Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury says, "He's got God-given talent you can't coach.  He only reason he wasn't a national recruit is he's 165 pounds. He's a lot like his dad, and he's a better athlete than his dad."
  • Lomax says, "When I really sat down and thought about it.  Why wouldn't I go to Oregon State? It's a perfect fit for me, a great program, a great campus, a great system and a great coaching staff."

Chose Oregon State over: Hawaii, Portland State, Idaho

Story: Lomax, Hatfield go orange and black | Lomax named 6A player of the year | ESPN.com evaluation | Play of the night: Lomax to Hatfield for game winner | Laker's season recap




Name: Reggie Dunn (picture from Scout)
Hometown (College): Compton, CA (Compton)
Commitment: Dec. of 2008
Position: Receiver projected as receiver/kick returner
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185
40: 4.35
Recruited by: Keith Heyward

Summary: A flat out playmaker with blazing speed.

Honors:

  • First team All-CIF (Mid Valley) receiver (2007)
  • B2G Camp offensive MVP (2007)
  • First team All-CIF defensive back (2006)

Hard Hits:

  • Sixth on the SuperPrep "Juco 100" list
  • 14 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown in eight games at Compton (2008)
  • Originally signed with OSU out of Verbum Dei HS in Los Angeles in February of 2007 where
  • Four-star recruit according to Scout.com and the fourth-best receiver in the state in high school
  • Has three to play four
  • Led his team to a 10-3 record and the CIF-Southern Section championship as a senior (2006)
  • Ran a 4.45 hand timed 40 at a USC camp (2006)
  • Cousin of NFL star Warrick Dunn
  • Regarded as one of the fastest, if not the fastest, player on the West Coast coming out of high school
  • Played in the All-American East Meets West All-Star game (2006)
  • Played high school ball at Verbum Dei HS (Eagles) in Los Angeles, CA
  • Ran for 303 yards and six touchdowns, caught 13 passes for 301 yards (23.2 ypc) and nine touchdowns (2007)
  • Had 13 catches for 330 yards and four touchdowns, ran for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns, 47 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries on defense (2006)
  • As a sophomore had 52 carries for 708 yards (13.62ypc) and 4 TDs also 13 receptions for 144 yards and 1 TD, 33 tackles, 13 assists and 5 interceptions on defense (2005)
  • 40 - 4.35 | Shuttle - 4.25 | Vertical - 33" | Bench - 250 | Squat - 270
  • Dunn says, "I'm best at catching the ball and then doing something with it. Instead of getting the ball and getting tackled, I score, or at least cover some yards. But I want to get stronger."
  • Randy Taylor of Scout.com says, "Reggie is fast…he’s also quick, runs good routes, is getting better at catching the ball each time I see him and has good explosion to get to the ball at its highest point. Reggie might even be able to play some corner using his quickness and make up speed to his advantage. Right now, Dunn is the speed receiver that everyone needs."

Chose Oregon State over: Utah (offer), Arizona (offer), Kansas State (offer)

Story: JC receiver is all Dunn | ESPN.com evaluation




Name:  Michael Philipp (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): San Bernardino, CA (Arroyo Valley Hawks)
League (Section): San Andreas (Southern)
Commitment: Jan. of 2009
Position: Offensive tackle projected as an offensive tackle
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 316
40: -
Recruited by: Mike Cavanaugh

Summary:  A dominant run blocker who loves to get physical and mix it up on the line of scrimmage. The coaches want to him to play early and help fill out the two deeps at left tackle.

Honors:

  • First team All-State offensive tackle by several publications (2008)
  • First team All-Central Division offensive tackle (2008)
  • First team All-San Andreas League offensive tackle (2008)
  • Named to The L.A. Times All-Star team (2008)
  • A SuperPrep All-American (2008)
  • First team All-San Andreas League offensive tackle (2007)
  • First team All-State offensive tackle (2007)

Hard Hits:

  • Four star recruit by Scout.com
  • #18 on Scout.com's West Hot 150
  • Named the fourth best offensive guard prospect in the nation by Scout.com
  • Made the Athlon Consensus 100 at #78, Philipp is the first AC100 to choose OSU
  • Made The News Tribune's Western Top 100 list
  • Accepted academically at Stanford
  • Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl (2008)
  • Senior team finished 4-6 and did not make the playoffs
  • Only returning starting offensive lineman on the team in 2008
  • His oldest brother, Paul Philipp, was a four-year letterman (2003-06) at Arizona, his other brother Hans is a sophomore defensive tackle at UA
  • Arroyo Valley athletic director Matt Howell told The Press Enterprise, "I think he really liked the offensive line coach Cavanaugh up there. They've put a lot of guys in the NFL and he'll have a great time playing there. I figured he'd go there, but I was just guessing."
  • His brother Paul told The Press Enterprise, "He was just real excited after his trip. He said people were real genuine there, all of the players and coach (Mike) Cavanaugh and (head) coach (Mike) Riley. He said all of the players hung out together, which he said wasn't really true at all the schools. He said it was like family there."
  • Scout.com's Brandon Huffman says, "Philipp may be the best run-blocking lineman in the West and moves extremely well for his size. Could play guard or tackle, though he most likely will end up inside. Quick off the ball and plays smart. Has pretty good feet. Continuing to improve in pass pro."
  • ESPN.com says, "This guy comes off the football with great leverage; good footwork and low pads. Packs a big punch and is one of the very best offensive linemen with his hands in the country. Demonstrates great leg drive and keeps feet moving till the whistle blows."
  • Philipp says, " “The coaches were genuine and I was real comfortable with the players. It was the place where I felt the most comfortable.”

Chose Oregon State over: Arizona (offer), Cal (offer), Oregon (offer), Stanford (offer), UCLA (offer)

Story: Philipp Pac-10 bound | ESPN.com evaluation | Highlights | Area's best offensive lineman




Name: Rashaad Reynolds (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): San Fernando, CA (San Fernando Tigers)
League (Section): Valley Mission (Los Angeles City)
Commitment: Jan. of 2009
Position: Quarterback/cornerback projected as a cornerback
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 175
40: 4.45
Recruited by: Mark Banker

Summary:  A versatile, gifted athlete who can did it all.

Honors:

  • Third team All-State quarterback/running back by CaliHiSports (2008)
  • First team All-L.A. City Section cornerback (2008)
  • First team All-L.A. City Section quarterback (2007)
  • Second team All-L.A. City Section quarterback (2006)
  • Honorable mention LA Daily News All-Area quarterback (2006)
  • Named The L.A. Daily News' Newcomer of the Year in the 130-pound category (2006)

Hard Hits:

  • Two star recruit by Scout.com
  • A three year starter at quarterback
  • Senior team finished 8-4 losing in the second round of the playoffs
  • Passed for 1,566 yards and 13 touchdowns, ran for 663 yards and eight touchdowns; grabbed five interceptions on defense (2008)
  • Ran for 626 yards and three touchdowns, passed for 1,103 yards and nine touchdowns touchdowns (2007)
  • Helped his team to back to back Valley Mission League titles (2007, 2006)
  • Completed 90 of 162 passes for 1,629 yards, 17 touchdowns (2006)
  • Also an accomplished wrester - went 27-4 and reached the state championship (2006)
  • Two time City wrestling champion
  • Wresting coach Fernando Gonzalez says, "Rashaad is a very strong guy. He grew fast. Even at 130 pounds he could beat guys wrestling at 160 pounds.''
  • ESPN.com says, "His athleticism is naturally going to lead coaches to want to move him into a role that gives him more upside in college. Overall, Reynolds has versatile tools and it will be interesting to see what position he ends up at."
  • Reynolds says, "I felt real comfortable with the coaching staff and the players. It is a nice college town too."

Chose Oregon State over: New Mexico State (offer), North Dakota

Story: Reynolds makes his decision | ESPN.com evaluation | Highlights




Name: Joshua Andrews (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Ontario, CA (Colony Titans)
Commitment: Nov. of 2008
League (Section): Mt. Baldy (Southern)
Position: Offensive/defensive lineman projected as an offensive guard
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 250
40: 5.0
Recruited by: Joe Seumalo

Summary:  Aggressive, nimble footed offensive lineman who is equally adept at run and pass blocking.

Honors:

  • All-Central Division offensive lineman (2008)
  • All-CIF State offensive lineman (2007)
  • All-Central Division offensive lineman (2007)
  • All-CIF State offensive lineman (2006)
  • All-Central Division offensive lineman (2006)

Hard Hits:

  • Helped team to back to back CIF Central Division titles in 2006 and 2007
  • Named the 63rd best offensive guard prospect in the nation by Scout.com
  • Two star recruit by Scout.com
  • Wants to major in engineering
  • 36 tackles as a senior (2008)
  • Senior team finished with a 5-6 record and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Ayala High were Obum Gwacham played
  • Vertical: 40 in; Squat: 500
  • Colony head coach Anthony Rice says, "Joshua is a tremendous athlete with so much upside.  He is a student of the game and a leader here on our campus at Colony."
  • ESPN.com says, "Andrews should become an outstanding collegiate lineman once he gains some overall strength and bulk; he's very athletic."
  • Andrews says, ""I decided that Oregon State is where I want to be. It was mainly the relationship I had with the OSU coaching staff and how long I had known them and felt a comfort level with them."

Chose Oregon State over: Washington (offer), Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, San Diego State

Story: Andrews headed to Pac-10 | ESPN.com evaluation




Name: Obum Gwacham (picture from Scout)
Hometown (High School): Chino Hills, CA (Ayala Dogs)
League (Section): Sierra (Southern)
Commitment: Jan. of 2009
Position: Receiver/cornerback projected as receiver
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 205
40: 4.6
Recruited by: Joe Seumalo

Summary:  A track and field star with plenty of room to grow who has superb height and leaping ability.

Honors:

  • Second team All-Sierra League receiver (2008)

Hard Hits:

  • Will greyshirt and enroll in Jan. of 2010
  • Name is pronounced: Obum (pronounced oh-BOOM) Gwacham (Watch-em)
  • Two star recruit by Scout.com
  • Caught 13 passes for 262 yards, 20.15 ypc, and two touchdowns (2008)
  • Helped team to 9-3 record as a senior
  • Before his 2008 season USC and Oregon were interested in Gwacham, but the limited stats put off those schools
  • Ayala High was a run oriented team as they completed only 62 passes in 2008
  • Cleared 6'10 in the high jump and 48'0 in the triple jump which were both top marks in the Arcadia Invitational in April of 2008
  • Missed all of 2007 with a broken collarbone
  • Born in Nigeria and moved to the United States when he was 7
  • Has a 34-inch vertical leap
  • His brother, Nnamdi, plays at Utah State as a receiver
  • Ayala head coach Tom Inglima told the Inland Valley Bulletin, "We could be looking at an NFL player here. He has been under the radar but he's really a special athlete."
  • Gwacham says, "It was just one of those atmospheres where I felt like I belonged...they were pushing me but they didn't really have to push me much -- spending the weekend hanging out with the Rodgers brothers, those guys were something else."

Chose Oregon State over: Idaho State (offer), Montana Sate (offer), Colorado State

Story: A future black and orange skyscraper | ESPN.com evaluation | Highlights




It's Signing Day, and Oregon State has closed with a flourish the last few weeks. Now it's time to pull it all together and for unique analysis you can't get anywhere else, we asked Scout.com's West Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman -- who spent his fall canvassing the high school fields from California to the Northwest this year -- for his view on the Beavers' class:

"No one does a better job of evaluating recruits and finding the right fit than Mike Riley, said Huffman. "This class has plenty of "need-fillers" -- as well as some guys that were coveted by the rest of the Pac-10 that the Beavers could land.

"First, Michael Philipp was a HUGE feather in the cap of Riley and staff. Oregon State doesn't usually sign the Michael Philipp's of the world, in fact, not many people beat Stanford for a kid who's been admitted into school. But Philipp surprised everyone, except for himself, when he opted for the Beavers. A US Army All-American, Philipp will be a 3-4 year starter for the Beavers on the offensive line. He's that far along and he's that good.

"In Reggie Dunn, Beaver fans will finally get to see one of the fastest players to ever come from Southern California, two years after he originally signed. He's explosive with the ball in his hands -- think Jacquizz Rodgers as a receiver. Dunn could also be an elite defensive back if he wanted to but the guess here is OSU sticks him at receiver and then watches him fly.

"Markus Wheaton had USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona and Oregon all thinking they were in the mix for him. His cousin is an Oregon legend. But just days after Philipp committed to the Beavers, Wheaton followed suit. He knows what Oregon State's done offensively the past few years and Wheaton, an uber-athlete, should blossom in the Beaver offense.

"QB Cody Vaz is a winner. He's tough, he's got pocket presence, he's not afraid to throw the ball with a linebacker in his face and he'll will his team to victory. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in smarts, touch and accuracy. When I first saw Cody at our San Francisco Scout.com Combine as a sophomore, before he'd ever taken a snap on varsity, you could see he had a good future in front of him. He was at his best and most impressive in the CIF D-II championship game, throwing for a bowl record 336 yards on 31-of-46 passing with 4TDs and no interceptions.

"Rashaad Reynolds is another guy I think Oregon State fans will like. He didn't get a lot of attention because he was an undersized quarterback for San Fernando, but he's a great athlete who just needed to have a chance to play a position where he was better suited for. And cornerback is the perfect spot for him.

"Josh Andrews is the sleeper who I think can really be a good Pac-10 player. He comes from a great program in Colony High in Ontario -- and they've had some good success lately producing players who become bigtime contributors as college freshmen, like Omar Bolden (Arizona State) and Maurice Shaw (Idaho). Andrews was an all-state pick in 2007 and was a part of two CIF-SS championship squads."


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