The OSU '09 class: The projects

THE TALENT IS there, but it is raw and needs time to grow in Corvallis. It's a familiar story, really. Victor Butler, for one, didn't become a starter until his senior season. These are some in the '09 class who need time in the Oregon State program and weight room, and tutelage from the Beaver coaching staff, before they look to earn playing time and become difference makers.

WR Micah Hatfield (6-0, 170) - A disciplined route runner with swift feet and room to grow. A first team All-State pick as a senior who could be a candidate to grayshirt.

OL Mike Beaton (6-2, 280) - A three time All-Mid Willamette Valley offensive lineman who boasts advanced footwork and technique. Beaton played offensive tackle in high school, but is projected to play guard or center in the Pac-10.

ATH Obum Gwacham (6-6, 205) - Despite missing his entire junior year with a broken collarbone and catching just 13 passes as a senior, his high school coach says Gwacham has NFL potential. He will grayshirt and enroll in Jan. of 2010. A wide receiver in high school, his first look at OSU could instead be at defensive end.

DE Josh Kaiwi (6-2, 225) - A versatile, bruising athlete who played tight end, running back and defensive end for West High in Anchorage, AK. He will suit up on the defensive side of the ball for the Men in Black.

OL Tyler Thomas (6-4, 285) - A down and dirty, no frills football player who is also an accomplished wrestler. Thomas, with good leg drive, projects as an offensive tackle.

CB Rashaad Reynolds (6-0, 175) - Another solid all-around athlete who played quarterback and cornerback for San Fernando. A two time L.A. City wrestling champion with above average strength.


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