The OSU '09 class - The cream of the crop

EVERY YEAR, THE question is asked by fans the Beaver Nation over, which prospects will make an immediate impact? And every year, coaches will say 'Ask me in August.' But we can't wait that long, and BF.C has identified these Beaver signees as being the most ready to play in the Pac-10, and most are one of the top recruits positionally in their state. Only four Beavs make this exclusive list.

ATH Reggie Dunn (5-10, 185) - Grades sent Dunn to Compton College for a year after he first signed with Oregon State. But Beaver fans are finally going to get a chance to see what he can do on the Reser Stadium turf.

Dunn has speed to burn and quicks to thrill -- and that translates to the potential to take it to the house each time he touches the ball.

Dunn, who has three to play three, will likely get a shot at returning kicks right off the bat.

ATH Kyrell Hudson (6-0, 185) - One of the fastest, and potentially most complete players of the '09 class.

Athletically, Hudson has few peers -- he's also one of the top high school baseball recruits in the nation.

Hudson will patrol the Beaver secondary if he doesn't get a lucrative offer when he is almost certain to be selected in June in Major League Baseball draft.

OL Michael Philipp (6-4, 316) - At 316-pounds Phillip was one of the largest recruits in California -- and one of the most sought after.

A bulldozer in cleats, Phillip is projected by West Recruiting Manager to be a 3- or even 4- year starter, and offensive line is not like cornerback, it doesn't lend itself to a freshman, redshirt or otherwise, coming in and manning a starting role. But Phillip has that kind of potential.

A four star recruit who excels at run blocking, he turned down offers from most of the Pac-10 to play for coach Mike Riley.

WR Markus Wheaton (6-1, 175) - The cousin of former Oregon star Kenny Wheaton, he spurned offers from Oregon, USC, Cal and others to go black and orange.

In Wheaton, the Beavs are getting a playmaker, one who has good quickness off the line, solid hands and 4.45 speed. With the graduation of starters Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales, Wheaton would appear a prime candidate to take hold in the Beaver offense and sooner rather than later.

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