Not only are the Beavers rolling on the field, they seem to be excelling in recruiting as well. OSU picked up a couple of commitments over the past week, and the kids coming in will fill some holes.
- Sean Martin, Defensive Back, 6'0", 170 lbs, Corona, CA. Apparently he had already made up his mind, but decided to commit by phone to Mike Riley after the UCLA game. He was at the game, interacted with the coaching staff, and then committed. His other current offer appears to be from Minnesota, and he is being recruited by most of the Pac 10 schools. Even with the forthcoming graduation of Afalava, Lewis, and Hughes the Beavers have excellent depth in the defensive backfield for next year and we should all expect for Sean to redshirt and not really compete for playing time until 2010.
- As most of us have probably already heard, we got a pair of local boys to commit. Quarterback Jack Lomax (son of Neil) and WR Micah Hatfield, both from Lake Oswego High School. Jack Lomax is having a ridiculous career for the Lakers. I'm not sure the EXACT stats, but he has something like 50 TDs to 5 INTs over the past two seasons. Micah Hatfield appears to be a skinnier version of Mike Hass, maybe even quicker, though probably not as strong at the same age. He will need to bulk up to play in the Pac-10 (as will Lomax), but he catches everything and has great on field communication with Jack Lomax. Lomax likes Oregon State because he feels the program is much like Lake Oswego's. A lot of people are reminded of Alex Brink when they see Jack play. Also, Lomax is probably not finished growing yet, so don't trust any numbers that you see for his height or weight at this point (Jack's older brother was about the same size in high school, but wound up being 6'7" 230). When he's competing for playing time in 2010 or 2011 he'll be around 6'3"-6'4" and 210-230--his dad has said that he expects him to be the same size as Neil was when he was quarterbacking in the NFL.
- Joshua Andrews, OLine (guard?), 6'2", 257, 5.0 40. Think of a smaller version of Andy Levitre. He's quick off the ball, and moves the D-Linemen at will. Give him a redshirt year to bulk up and Coach Cav will have this guy ready to go in 2010, '11, or '12. Andrews chose the Beavers over scholarship offers from Washington State, San Diego State and Colorado State--that's more scholarship offers than UO's combined starting offensive line from 2007 received out of high school.
This puts up us to 15 commits so far. We are eying a JUCO DBack who, according to Beaver Blitz, is just waiting for an offer from Oregon State. He says when it comes, he will sign. This will be good for depth and special teams and he might have a shot to play opposite Tim Clark next year.
Big game coming up this weekend. Not sure what, if any, recruits will be in Reser. But a good showing from the crowd and team would go a long way to impress them. NO BOOING A KNEEL DOWN, MKAY GUYS? Go Beavs!