The OSU '09 class: The sleepers

A WHOLE LOT of Oregon State gridiron stars have come from this category over the years. In the '09 class, these are some who went under the radar and were not heavily recruited. But after some seasoning in the OSU system, a number of these athletes could be huge contributors for the Beavs. Mike Riley and staff have proven to be particularly adept at identifying and signing these types of athletes.

OG Joshua Andrews (6-2, 257) - An aggressive, nimble hoss who was selected an All-Central Division offensive lineman three consecutive years. Washington tried to steal him away late, but it was the Beaver coaching staff who made the ultimate difference and won him over in the end.

OT John Braun (6-6, 240) - A first team All-State selection on both sides of the ball Braun was the first verbal of the 2009 class. He has been playing football for just three years and he has a ton of room to grow. He's also extremely athletic for his size, something o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh puts a premium on far beyond size or strength.

QB Jack Lomax (6-2, 165) - A natural at quarterback with an accurate arm and sharp mind, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,084 yards, 54 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in his prep career at Lake Oswego. He is the son of Beaver State legendary quarterback Neil Lomax.

ATH Jordan Poyer (6-0, 172) - One of the best pure prep athletes the state of Oregon has produced, he became the first player in over 15 years to be named 4A All-State Player of the Year on both sides of the ball in the upper divisions. A pure athlete who looks to be headed the grayshirt route and enroll in Jan. of 2010.

RB Ashton Jefferson (6-2, 195) - This former Utah State verbal was the unanimous MVP of the 24-5A District in Texas despite being the running back on a 2-9 team -- and despite being bigger than most of his offensive linemen. With sub 4.5 speed, he racked up over 1,500 yards his senior year without fumbling once.

ATH Dax Dilbeck (6-1, 171) - Named Oklahoma's 5A-1 District Player of the Year as a senior, Dilbeck has been starting at quarterback since a freshman. A natural athlete who is ticketed for either defensive back or receiver when he gets to Corvallis.

S Zeke Sanders (6-1, 181) - Another of those natural leaders Mike Riley prizes, he was was the Co-MVP of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic league as a senior. Sanders scored 62 percent of his team's touchdowns in 2008 but is slated to be a ball hawking safety at Oregon State.

WR Kevin Cummings (6-2, 165) - A guy who does a lot of things well, he has very good speed and calls on an extra gear when in traffic. The Riley connection on Cummings: his father played in the CFL when Riley coached in the league. "He's a nice-sized kid with good movement, a good route-runner and pass-catcher. He'll be a good player for us in time," said Mike Riley on Signing Day.

For previous article in this series, click to The OSU '09 class: The cream of the crop and The OSU '09 class: The potential future stars.

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