What's next in OSU recruiting?

SIGNING DAY, which falls on Feb. 3 this year, is just around the corner. And while the Beavers will take less than a full boat of 25 on the first Wednesday in February, there remains plenty that remains to be decided before the black and orange class of 2010 puts ink to paper.

Oregon State is estimated to have as many as 16 spots to fill this class, up substantially from the 8-10 estimate by Mike Riley earlier this fall. The 16 figure would include 12 departing seniors on scholarship, plus two spots created by the Krebs brothers transfer, one more through the departure of Ashton Jefferson and another possibly becoming open due to an as yet unnamed player who might have to hang up the cleats due to injury.

Oregon State has 12 known verbal commitments.

Another three joined the fold this month, enrolling in classes and would count against the '10 numbers. They are former grayshirts linebacker Michael Doctor, receiver Kevin Cummings and receiver Obum Gwacham.

Two other hoped for arrivals in the spring are receiver Reggie Dunn and offensive lineman Michael Beaton who are working to get their academic houses in order.

The X factor is that it's not known how many of the 12 known verbal commitments might potentially grayshirt, which would push them to joining the Beavs next January and becoming part of the 2011 class. A lot likely depends on if the Beavs, over the final recruiting stretch drive, are able to land some of the other recruits they've been targeting this recruiting cycle.

One who would appear in that mix is RB Gio Bernard, brother of BeavGreat Yvenson Bernard.

The younger Bernard verbally committed to Notre Dame before Charlie Weis was let go. Bernard has been virtually impossible to get hold of but was reported to have text messaged an Indiana newspaper last week he is strongly considering Oregon State and will visit North Carolina, but that he also remains committed to the Irish.

Portland's Owamagbe Odighizuwa, now rated a five star defensive end by Scout, has crossed Oregon State off of his list according to various media reports but among those who have been offered by the Beavs and are presently listed as uncommitted to a school by Scout.com include a number of highly rated 3- and 4-star prospects, such as Christian Thomas, Ricky Heimuli, Shaydon Akuna, Hauoli Jamora and Sealii Epenesa.

Bottom line? Hang on to your recruiting hat, because it doesn't appear the Beavs are done just yet.

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