NOTEBOOK: Hits, Smith revisited, more

IF YOU FOUND yourself with information overload on Signing Day, not to worry. Here's a wealth of news nuggets to catch you up --- including just what the heck happened with Cory Smith? The JUCO cornerback pledged Oregon State in December. A week later, he switched his verbal to Nevada. A couple days after that, back to Oregon State. And all that was before the drama that unfolded Wednesday...

  • The Beavers inked 24 players to LOIs yesterday, not including four greyshirts.   We have everything you need to know on the ever-changing math in our updated scholarship tracker -- which by our calculations presently puts the team at 89 scholarships. That will of course change over the course of the off season until the Beavs are at the 85 maximum total so keep an eye on our big board over the spring and summer. To that end...  
  • Coach Mike Riley said that three players have academic work to do before being admitted to OSU.

  • There was only one major surprise Wednesday as CB Cory Smith decided to sign with Nevada.  Smith had been back and forth between the Beavers and Wolfpack the last two months, but apparently an error in the paperwork pushed him UN's way.

    "Cory Smith did not sign with us," Riley said.  "He signed with Reno, for whatever reasons, but that is not important for me to bring up - they were good ones and good for him."

    Smith sent his paperwork into Oregon State, and was briefly listed on the OSU website, but what the Oregon and Nevada called a "mistake" in the paperwork (Smith earlier signed a non-binding financial aid agreement with OSU but not his LOI) rendered him signable to Nevada.

    The 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback reportedly called Nevada to say that he was not  admitted to OSU.  The Nevada recruiting coordinator promptly brought Smith on board and he signed with the Wolf pack.

    According to the Reno Gazette-Journal Smith always wanted to go to Nevada, but they did have any mid-year scholarships available so he originally chose Oregon State.

    According to the Carson Times, "Smith called the Nevada coaches to tell them that Oregon State didn't admit him. (Recruiting coordinator Jim Mastro) credited the Nevada compliance office for finding a mistake in some paperwork, and Smith was able to sign with Nevada. "It basically turned him into a free agent again," Mastro said. "When that happened, it was Nevada all the way. I don't think Oregon State didn't know they weren't getting him until ... this morning."

    According to the Oregonian, "From what we gather, sounds like a recruiting horror story. ... some outside influences on the kid, who we've heard actually preferred OSU."

    And according to the Gazette-Times, "Smith's father wanted to be close to friends and family in Reno, but Smith wanted to come to OSU. That's why he changed his mind so many times. Since he had only two years of eligibility, it wasn't a big loss to Riley."

  • The rumors that CB Brandon Sermons was signing with the Beavers turned out not to come true as the three star prospect sent his paperwork into Rick Neuheisel and company in Pasadena.  He was vacillating between UCLA, Oregon State and UW Tuesday night before calling Riley to notify him he was going to become a Bruin.

  • Two players - Kyrell Hudson and Jordan Poyer - are two sport stars in both football and baseball.  Hudson, if he doesn't sign a pro baseball contract, will play both baseball and football at Oregon State while the coaches have not broached the dual-sport route with Poyer.

    "Poyer, we have not talked about being a dual sport guy," Riley said.  "I am pretty open to that if they want to try that early on.  We have worked with Pat - way back to the days of Kenny Simonton

    "Kyrell is definitely a two sport guy.  He is on a football scholarship but is going to play two sports."

  • OL Michael Philipp is one of the most highly rated recruits to ever come to Oregon State. He had double digit offers, including ones from USC and Cal.

    "He's a great kid, a great football player, and he's going to bring a lot," offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh told The Oregonian.

    Cavanaugh had an in with Philipp early on.  He has known the coach at Arroyo High for many years and while Cavanaugh was at Hawaii, he recruited Michael's older brother Mark.

  • As forecast, Philipp will lineup at left tackle and will most likely redshirt - at the request of mom.

    "He's pretty talented," Cavanaugh told The Oregonian. "but we're going to do like we do with everybody else. He's going to come in and compete for three weeks and we'll go from there. Obviously he has lots of tools, and all that, but he can probably get stronger. We'll make a good decision for him."
  • Two quarterbacks, QB Jack Lomax and Cody Vaz, signed with the Beavers Wednesday, potentially ballooning the number of quarterbacks on scholarship in the fall.

    "We'll have too many QBs on scholarship this year, but we do have two seniors (Moevao, Canfield) and after that it will balance out into the right numbers and then we'll probably sign one a year after that if everything goes according to plan.''
  • Riley on Ashton Jefferson - "had no numbers as a junior, but he blossomed as a senior... I think we got in on a good football player here... A week before signing, I just decided that for the sake of the program we better take this kid. ... we're not overly deep (at running back).''

  • The Oregonian reports that Cav loves that John Braun and Grant Enger are mobile and can change direction with the best of them.

  • According to The Olympian Olympia High's Dylan Parsons will walk on at Oregon State. He rushed for 1,300 yards as a senior while leading to the Bears to a 10-1 record and the 4A state playoffs.

    "I've always been a Husky fan," Parsons told The Olympian. "But Oregon State has been hard to not notice. They beat USC. And they've been recruiting me and showed interest."

  • USAToday broke down how the poll's Top 25 did. Here's what they had to say: 19. Oregon State (9-4): Even with two siblings that went to Arizona, OL Michael Philipp decided to heed the call of Beavers coach Mike Riley, who will welcome the four-star prospect as a blocker for Jacquizz Rodgers. Jack Lomax, son former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax, was one of two signal callers signed.

  • Watch Jordan Poyer sign his LOI to play at Oregon State.

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