RECRUITING ROAD MAP: Offense

OREGON STATE HAS 30-plus known offers out to players on offense. In trying to read the recruiting tea leaves, how do the positions rank in terms of top priority? How many offers have the coaches extended to running backs, receivers, quarterbacks and beyond? The BF.C answers to those questions plus much, much more inside..

NOTE: Without any underclass attrition, the Beavers would have approximately 19 scholarships available following the 2010 season. Due to attrition, injuries and other circumstances that number could grow as high as 25, the maximum available schools can bring in each recruiting class.

 

- QUARTERBACK -

PRIORITY
3

On scholarship: 4 | Look to sign: 1

SUMMARY: Although the team currently boasts four quarterbacks, and only one of them an upperclassman, getting at least one quarterback a year is a must.

But, coach Mike Riley has stated that they don't absolutely need a quarterback in the 2011 class since there are so many underclassmen in the system already.

That means that the coaches will be extremely selective of who they offer.

GRADUATING SENIORS: None

INCOMING PLAYERS: Sean Mannion (traditional drop back passer who can make all of the throws, generally regarded as steal for the staff)

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 4

 

- RUNNING BACK -

PRIORITY
7

On scholarship: 5 | Look to sign: 1-2

SUMMARY: None of the five players on scholarship are seniors, but three of the five are upperclassmen.

Since Ashton Jefferson was kicked off of the team there is a gap in the graduating class of 2013.

The staff may choose to hit the junior college ranks if Jovan Stevenson or Malcolm Marable don't show signs of being able to take over after Quizz graduates following the 2011 season.

In fact Riley has already stated that Marable won't be an every down back and Terron Ward, a grayshirt who will enroll in Jan. of 2011, probably won't be either.

A junior college running back could also be a necessity if Quizz chooses to forgo his senior year and enter the 2011 NFL draft.

GRADUATING SENIORS: None

INCOMING PLAYERS: Malcolm Marable (on the small side at 5-9, 170 pounds, but dangerous with the ball in his hands), Terron Ward (another small, but explosive player, could be moved to WR, a grayshirt, enrolling in Jan. of 2011)

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 5

 

- WIDE RECEIVERS -

PRIORITY
5

On scholarship: 10 | Look to sign: 2-3

SUMMARY: James Rodgers and recently converted walk-on Aaron Nichols are the only seniors on the roster and Darrell Catchings is the only other upperclassman.

There is a wealth of talented underclassmen, but almost half of the players on scholarship are set to graduate the same year - 2012.

Since the receivers are such a big part of the offense getting at least two receivers in the system each cycle is ideal.

Fortunately the coaches do have some margin of error to work with though due to grayshirts Kevin Cummings and Obum Gwachum.

GRADUATING SENIORS: James Rodgers, Aaron Nichols

INCOMING PLAYERS: Brett Ackerman (not on scholarship, singed a grant in aid, will lineup in the slot, at 200 pounds, but would like to add some weight)

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 11

 

- OFFENSIVE TACKLE -

PRIORITY
8

On scholarship: 6 | Look to sign: 2-3

SUMMARY: Half of the lineman on scholarship are upperclassmen with two, Wilder McAndrews and Timi Oshinowo, being seniors.

The returning starters, Mike Remmers and Michael Philipp, are both solid and around two more years while Geoff Garner is a future starter.

It has been hit and miss with the scholarship players at tackle and it takes at least a couple of years before most players are ready to compete for a staring spot.

Zero offensive tackles are coming into fall camp, so getting at least one, if not two, tackles in the systems is a must.

GRADUATING SENIORS: Timi Oshinowo, Wilder McAndrews

INCOMING FRESHMAN: None

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 8

 

- OFFENSIVE GUARD -

PRIORITY
4

On scholarship: 7 | Look to sign: 1-2

SUMMARY: With just one senior on the roster and only two upperclassmen the guards are in better shape than the tackles. Potential starter Ryan Pohl is gone after 2010 while starter Grant Johnson is back for one more year.

Similar to the guards it has been hit and miss with the scholarshipped players as several walk-ons have stepped into starting roles earning scholarships. Burke Ellis isn't listed here, because he isn't on scholarship, but he could be soon and could be a future starter.

A logjam of three young guards sit with the 2012 class, which will create future problems.

Getting at least one offensive guard in the system at year is ideal, but since there is a wealth of young talent on the roster getting a guard is not an absolute necessity.

GRADUATING SENIORS: Ryan Pohl

INCOMING FRESHMAN: None

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 4

 

- CENTER -

PRIORITY
0

On scholarship: 3 | Look to sign: 0

SUMMARY: With three players, including one incoming freshman, center is set for several years.

Alex Linnenkohl graduates after 2010, but the coaches are excited about Josh Andrews and Roman Sapolu.

The staff can afford to not recruit a center this year.

GRADUATING SENIORS: Alex Linnenkohl

INCOMING FRESHMAN: Roman Sapolu

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 0

 

- TIGHT END/H-BACK -

PRIORITY
5

On scholarship: 5 | Look to sign: 1-2

SUMMARY: Brady Camp and John Reese are both set to graduate, but Joe Halahuni returns for one more year. Throw in Colby Prince and two incoming freshman - Tyler Perry and Connor Hamlett - and the tight ends are looking pretty good for at least one more year.

Hamlett is a project though, and is not included in the scholarship total as he will not go on scholarship until Jan. of 2011.

One item to note though is that with Camp's graduation the tight ends lose a true h-back. Instead of recruiting a playmaking, super athletic tight end the coaches will be looking for a hard nosed, blue collar player who doesn't mind to toil in relative obscurity.

GRADUATING SENIORS: Brady Camp, John Reese

INCOMING FRESHMAN: Connor Hamlett (a project who won't go on scholarship until Jan. of 2011, but will be in fall camp), Tyler Perry (an aggressive pass catcher and blocker)

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 3

 

- KICKER -

PRIORITY
0

On scholarship: 1 | Look to sign: 0

SUMMARY: Longtime kicker Justin Kahut will graduate leaving the door open for Trevor Romaine who will enroll in Jan of 2011.

Romaine possess a strong leg and will be able to focus on field goals as Johnny Hekker is currently working on kickoffs to help Romaine's transition to the college ranks.

GRADUATING SENIORS: Justin Kahut

INCOMING FRESHMAN: None

CURRENT VERBALS: Trevor Romaine (strong legged and consistent, a grayshirt, enrolling in Jan. of 2011)

OFFERS EXTENDED: 0

 


POWER RECRUITING: To see the running total of who Oregon State has offers out, plus a bunch more information and nuggets, visit the BF.C Offer Tables. To read about the Beavers commits, visit the BF.C Pledge Board. And, to checkout an overview of Riley and his staff's recruiting philosophy.

TRACK IT: For a look at the Men in Black's scholarship situation visit the BF.C Scholarship Tracker.


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