NOTEBOOK: Signing day news and notes

AS USUAL ON Signing Day it is information overload. In an effort to keep you informed, here's our signing day notebook stuffed full of quotes, stories, who's going to play early, and much more.

  • THE FIRST:  Not surprisingly TE Tyler Perry was the first player to send in his LOI around 7:30 am Wednesday morning.  After verballing to Oregon State in June friends and family kept asking him why Oregon State over a California school?  His reply - Oregon State is on the rise while UCLA and USC are falling.

     
  • UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: There is nothing more valuable to the coaches then getting a recruit to come to the annual camp that Oregon State holds in the summer.  The coaches get an extremely close look at the player - a chance to see them in action on and off the field.  That camp participate really paid off with North Eugene's Michael Bibbee.

    "We've known him for quite a while because he's been to a number of our camps over the last couple of years, so we have firsthand knowledge of working with him," Riley said.

    Bibbee fits the Beaver linebacker mold perfectly.  Tough as nails (he played five games as a junior with a hernia and didn't even know it), aggressive and plays with a chip on his shoulder.

    "I love those linebackers who are also the runners for their high school," Riley said.   "He was a 60 minute man - just played the whole game."

     
  • I SEE ORANGE: When DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa took the podium around 11:30 am sporting an orange polo Oregon State fans everywhere were hopeful.  Unfortunately a few minutes later he put on a baby blue UCLA hat.

    Before making his intentions known Odighizuwa said, "I feel I could close my eyes and pick any of these three schools and I could be successful."

     
  • Don't let the two stars by his name fool you - with a little more weight Foss' Scott Crichton could be playing, and playing a lot, as a freshman.

    "(Beavers coach) Mike Riley said at this level, Scott is better than their starting defensive end and he's projected to go pro," Foss head coach Ken Baker told The News Tribune.

     
  • STARS:  The star ratings are always debated around this time of the year.  And while Riley puts no stock in the ratings, he would welcome a Top 50 recruiting class. 

    "I'm not discounting it at all, I think it'd be great, but it doesn't change our feelings about this class," Riley said.  "When we decide that a guy is worthy of a scholarship offer, if that guy ever commits and signs we're going to be happy about it because we've gone through a very good process to get to the point of offering. So wherever that puts us in the rankings so be It, I guess.

    "When I look down name by name I know these guys are good players and good fits and in the end that's what you really want. And some of them frankly, are not going to be ranked very high because they are truly developmental players."

    Just for your information Scout.com rated the Beavs class No. 71 in the nation and last in the Pac-10 - ratings that BeaverFootball.com vehemently disagrees with, but won't lose sleep about.

     
  • NOT SO FAST:  DT Happy Iona did not sign a LOI because he could not - he never registered with the NCAA clearing house. The defensive tackle plans to go to a junior college where the Beavers will continue to recruit him.

     
  • LOADING UP:  With just 10 defensive lineman on scholarship and five of them seniors finding big uglies on the defensive side of the ball was the top priority in 2010.  The Beavers signed five defensive linemen which made up 31% of the class.  Four - defensive ends Scott Crichton and Dominic Glover and defensive tackles Fred Thompson and Thomas Molesi - are going to be on campus in the summer. 

    DT Mana Tuivailala could also be on campus as well if he takes care of work in the classroom and there is a scholarship available for him.

    Due to the lack of depth on the defensive line all freshman, excluding Tuivailala who is too raw, will get a shot at early playing time.

     
  • GOING OR STAYING?:  According to a local Californian newspaper DT Thomas Molesi, who is a member of the LDS Church, will take his two year mission after his freshman year at Oregon State.  Molesi has a good chance at early playing time.

     
  • TO BE DEVELOPED:  The Beavers always do an outstanding job of finding under recruited players, getting them in the system and developing them into contributors.  Two players - TE Connor Hamlett and DT Mana Tuivailala - fit that description perfectly.

    "This Connor Hamlett is 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, and we love the way he can run. He's not as strong as he's going to be, he's not as fast as he's going to be but he runs well, catches the ball well, has good position, good feet for blocking and will be a tremendous developmental guy," Riley said.  "Plus he's got the work ethic and the temperament to be a growth and developmental guy for the Beavers."

    Riley had similar comments about Tuivailala.

    "We really like this kid's potential," Riley said.  "He is a big, good athlete and rather raw and I think he fits a perfect need for us in the defensive line."

     
  • GRAYSHIRTS:  You probably already know, but as of today K Trevor Romaine, ATH Will Storey and TE Connor Hamlett are all scheduled to grayshirt and enroll in Jan. of 2011.  DT Mana Tuivailala could grayshirt as well.

     
  • LOYALTY:  The first prospect the Beavers offered for the 2010 class was QB Sean Mannion.  The staff identified him early offering him in the summer.  Shortly after the 6-foot-5, 205-pound player gave his pledge to the staff.

    As a senior Mannion had a monster year completing 61-percent of his passes for 3,521 yards, 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions.  He set the NorCal record when he threw for 582 yards, in just three quarters, during a first round North Coast Section Division I playoff game.  To say that other schools came calling is an understatement.

    But, Mannion stayed true to his word - something that Riley is extremely grateful for.

    "We got guys who did follow through with a very loyal commitment and Sean was a tremendous example with that," Riley said.  "I think as people learned more about him as the year went on he did get more attention and I really appreciate him staying with us."

     
  • THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY:  Big time recruits that the Beavers actively recruited in the last week, but signed elsewhere include RB Gio Bernard (North Carolina), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (UCLA), LB Soma Vainuku (USC) and TE Christian Thomas (USC).

     
  • A HISTORY:  RB Malcolm Marable came on Oregon State's radar after a recommendation from the coach at Alemany High Dean Herrington, who coached former Beavers Matt Moore and Shane Morales.

     
  • SHAKE AND BAKE:  If you like what Jacquizz Rodgers has brought to the table, then you are going to love what RB Malcolm Marable can do.  Although he checks in at just 5-foot-9, 170-pounds he has speed to burn and is downright deadly with his cuts in traffic.

    "He is a very gifted runner, fast and quick, and very versatile," Riley said  "He will find his niche here, whether it's early as a third-down back or where ever else we go with him in that regard and he is also a very good defensive back."

    Marable was named the Mission League's Player of the Year in 2009 after he rushed for 1,291 yards and 22 touchdowns while adding 24 catches for 457 yards and three touchdowns.

     
  • NOT REDSHIRTING:  There are several players that are expected to arrive and make an immediate impact.  At the top of that list is DE Dominic Glover who has two to play two.  "Glover is that defensive end transfer that will be an immediate impact guy," Riley said. 

    Other candidates include S Shaydon Akuna, the aforementioned defensive linemen, C Roman Sapolu and perhaps a surprise player.

    "I think that somebody here will surprise us, in that regard," Riley said.  "but I don't think it will be that much of a surprise because they're all good football players.  They'll all play eventually and they'll be very good competitors, but as far as true freshmen it'd be great if we could redshirt them all."

     
  • WEST COAST:  The 2010 class features 11 players from California, two players from Oregon, one player from Washington and one player from Hawaii.  The last three classes featured at least one player from the Midwest.

    The coaches are still recruiting Texas, Oklahoma and other areas, they just didn't land any recruits this year.

    "We did venture out and we made a run at one player in particular in Oklahoma who ended up signing with Arkansas at the end," Riley said.  "It was a little harder because of our numbers. We couldn't get too many names on this thing early because we couldn't over commit ourselves too far with the number of offers.

    "We'll get back on that hard for the Spring in those areas and see what we can come up with for next year. We don't want to lose those connections in Texas, Oklahoma or wherever they might be."

     
  • ALMOST...:According the defensive coordinator Mark Banker the class was almost right except for another defensive end and cornerback.

    "We probably came up two spots shy – an impact end, and we didn't find the corner we wanted, so we'll get him next year," Banker told The Portland Tribune.

     
  • LISTEN UP: Click here to hear an interview with Mike Riley on 1080 The Fan.

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