RECRUITING: Impact Analysis -- Ty Zimmerman

AT THIS stage, Tyrequek Zimmerman is the highest rated recruit in OSU's 2011 class according to But what does that mean for the Oregon State football team, and where do the coaches envision him playing? What stands out about him, and what kind of competition will he be facing during his senior campaign? A thorough analysis, packed full with insights galore, follows..

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TYREQUEK ZIMMERMAN 101:  One of the top five prep players in the state of Oklahoma, Zimmerman has legit 4.4 speed -- with his first step being downright deadly.

Like almost all the top high school receiver prospect out there, Zimmerman makes the difficult plays look easy.

The all-state safety spurned offers from South Carolina, TCU, Louisville and others to suit up at receiver for the Beavers.


WHY HE CHOSE OSU:  The Beaver coaching staff identified Zimmerman early and stayed in contact with the receiver often.  By developing a personal rapport early Zimmerman knew the coaching staff well. 

He also liked the fact that OSU throws the ball a lot and there is room for early playing time.

DID YOU KNOWZimmerman can squat 570 pounds - more than three times his body weight

WHY OSU OFFERED:  Zimmerman is an explosive playmaker in the Sammie Stroughter mold - he could very well be the go to receiver of the future.

Zimmerman says the OSU coaches haven't talked specifically on whether he'll line up at slotback, X (split end) or Z (flanker) but don't be surprised if he ends up in Sammie's old spot.

OSU CONNECTION:  Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has a foothold in the Sooner state -- he grabbed LB Michael Doctor and S Dax Dilbeck the last two years.

PROJECTED IMPACT:  Make no mistake, Zimmerman is being brought in to be one of the main offensive threats in the passing game.

THE LEAGUE:  The 6A division, where Zimmerman plays, is the top high school football league in Oklahoma.  Zimmerman will square off against FBS recruits almost every week which should help him hit the ground running when he arrives in Corvallis.

THE LAWTON PROGRAM:  The Lawton football program is led by Randy Breeze who has piloted the Wolverines to a winning record in five of the last six years.

His team's 10-3 record in 2009 and birth into the 6A state quarterfinals was a surprise to many.  Breeze says that this year he may have as many 10 players be offered by a FBS school.

RECRUITING IN OKLAHOMA:  There is a wealth talented football players in Oklahoma.  Roughly a third of the roster at perennial powerhouse Oklahoma is stocked with players from the 20th biggest state in the United States while fellow universities Oklahoma State and Tulsa are also flush with Oklahomans.


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