RECRUITING ROAD MAP: Defense

THE DEFENSIVE SIDE of the ball holds some early recruiting intrigue. In the secondary, the Beavers look solid for several more years with some youthful talent but the defensive line, even with a good-sized influx signing this past February in the 2010 class, looks to be of chief concern. From position priority rankings and beyond, here's the BF.C recruiting road map -- stop corps style.

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.

 

- DEFENSIVE END -

PRIORITY
10

On scholarship: 7 | Look to sign: 2-4

SUMMARY: One of the positions that needs the most attention is the defensive ends. Out of the seven players on scholarship on the current roster, only two players have seen significant action - Gabe Miller and Taylor Henry.

I'amafana Tuimalealiifano has rarely played due to various injuries, Mana Rosa has been slowed by injuries as well while John Braun recently converted to the defensive line. Add that to the fact that incoming recruits Dominic Glover, Scott Crichton and Mana Tuivailala have yet to play a down in the Pac-10 and the future looks downright uncertain.

The team needs immediate help and long term help. Expect the coaches took look to both the junior college and prep ranks for talent.

The problem is the staff has historically a hard time landing defensive end recruits. They did, however, make some progress last year, making the final five lists of several high profile recruits, such as Owamagbe Odighizuwa, but ultimately failed to close the deal - a disappointing fact that the coaches must work extra hard to make up for this recruiting year.

GRADUATING SENIORS: Gabe Miller

INCOMING PLAYERS: Dominic Glover (JUCO transfer who is expected to help fill out the two deeps immediately), Scott Crichton (smart player who will have a shot at early playing time). Mana Tuivailala (a project who has only been playing football since his sophomore year, may not qualify and in that case would enroll in Jan. of 2011)

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 8

 

- DEFENSIVE TACKLE -

PRIORITY
10

On scholarship: 8 | Look to sign: 2-3

SUMMARY: Similar to the defensive ends the staff has had trouble signing defensive tackles. Fortunately the coaches did a nice job landing two big time recruits in Fred Thompson and Thomas Molesi

Unfortunately, Molesi may not make it to fall camp due to grades according to Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune, which could be highly problematic for the Beavs. If he doesn't qualify, the staff expects to enroll him in Jan. of 2011 as a grayshirt.

Three of the six players on scholarship graduate after this season. Two massive holes are going to be left by Stephen Paea and Brennan Olander.

Kevin Frahm's conversion to tackle went outstanding this spring giving the team much needed depth.

Fortunately, the Beavers made the final five list of Jesse Williams, one of the top junior college defensive tackles in the nation. If the staff can sign Williams it will give the younger players a little more time to acclimate and start contributing.

GRADUATING SENIORS: Mitchel Hunt, Brennan Olander, Stephen Paea

INCOMING PLAYERS: Fred Thompson (super quick off of the ball with excellent footwork, will get a shot at early playing time), Thomas Molesi (physical and plays with a lot of energy, will get a shot at early playing time if he qualifies),

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 9

 

- LINEBACKERS -

PRIORITY
2

On scholarship: 12 | Look to sign: 1-2

SUMMARY: Although the team is losing four players - including two starters - the linebacking group is looking solid. The four upperclassman are all seniors while the other eight players on scholarship are all underclassmen.

Sophomore Devin Unga filled in nicely in the spring for the injured Pankey while true freshman Michael Doctor turned some heads. And don't forget about sophomore Kevin Unga and redshirt freshman Zeke Sanders who will both push for a starting spot in 2011.

With Michael Bibbee and Shaydon Akuna set to arrive in the fall and Donnell Welch and Will Storey in Jan. of 2011 the staff can afford to be very selective of who they offer.

GRADUATING SENIORS: Keo Camat, Keith Pankey, Dwight Roberson, Walker Vave

INCOMING PLAYERS: Michael Bibbee (hard nosed Oregonian who will flourish in Corvallis), Shaydon Akuna (a physically imposing player who loves to hit), Donnell Welch (a well built athlete with superb speed, a grayshirt, enrolling in Jan. of 2011), Will Storey (could also lineup at WR or H-back, versatile with soft hands, a grayshirt, enrolling in Jan. of 2011)

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 4

 

- CORNERBACKS -

PRIORITY
3

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

SUMMARY: With just one senior on the roster, and three total upperclassmen including incoming recruit Ryan Handford, the cornerbacks are another unit that is in good shape.

Jordan Poyer and Keynan Parker are around for three more years while Sean Martin and Rashaad Reynolds are in Corvallis for four more years.

Still, getting another youngster in the system would nice, but not a necessity.

GRADUATING SENIORS: James Dockery

INCOMING PLAYERS: Ryan Handford (has three to play two , aggressive, excels at kickoff returns)

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 5

 

- SAFETIES -

PRIORITY
2

On scholarship: 8 | Look to sign: 1-2

SUMMARY: The addition of BYU transfer Shiloah Te'o to the roster certainly helps the depth at safety.

The good news is just one player graduates after 2010, the bad news is both Lance Mitchell and Cameron Collins, both starters, are gone after 2011.

But, there is a healthy level of talent behind Mitchell and Collins in Anthony Watkins, Josh LaGrone and Dax Dilbeck.

Once again, getting a safety would be ideal, but not necessary this recruiting cycle.

GRADUATING SENIORS: Suaesi Tuimaunei

INCOMING PLAYERS: Ryan Murphy (a versatile athlete with speed to burn)

CURRENT VERBALS: None

OFFERS EXTENDED: 2

 

- PUNTER -

PRIORITY
0

On scholarship: 1 | Look to sign: 0

SUMMARY: The staff can take a pass for a punter this time around, but will have to look in earnest next year as Johnny Hekker will be a senior in 2011.

GRADUATING SENIORS: None

INCOMING PLAYERS: None

CURRENT VERBALS: None

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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