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Oregon St. National Signing Day News

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Oregon St. Coach Mike Riley is excited about the new Beavers joining the team today.
Oregon St. Coach Mike Riley is excited about the new Beavers joining the team today.

Today is Football National Signing Day, when we find out if the commits we have been reporting on come to pass, as the National Letter of Intent to Coach Mike Riley's program come rolling in.

The list of commits is long enough that if all qualify, with the JCs and transfers also headed to Corvallis, some may commit today, but opt to enter in the winter, after next season, should Oregon St. find themselves over the 25 recruit NCAA limit.

Oregon St. has invited the public to drop by the Valley Football Center starting at 7 AM to check in on how it goes, and breakfast ($6) and lunch ($8) are available, if you are so inclined.

We'll be updating this post as soon as we can as the LOIs are confirmed, and feel free to scoop us in the comments below, as Oregon St. welcomes a couple of dozen new Beavers!

Robert Olson, the 6'5", 265 lb. offensive lineman from Eden Prairie, was the first one on board, at about 6:25 AM.

Oregon St. also landed their one big question mark when Kammy Delp, the 6'4", 330 lb. offensive lineman from Diamond Ranch High in Pomona, CA, announced his decision this morning at 7:45.

LOIs for offensive linemen Yanni Demogerontas, Trent Moore, and Glyeb Ewing, and cornerback Dwayne Williams were also in before 7 AM.

Not all of the recruits are for the current graduationg year, as Oregon St. got a commitment from a player from a prior class. If that's confusing, its a product of LDS Church missions. Bingham High defensive lineman Baker Pritchard had originally committed to BYU, and is on a mission, but signed an LOI with Oregon St. Pritchard, who is 6'3" & 270 lbs., will join the Beavers when he returns from that mission. He'll enroll for spring term, and participate in spring ball, with 4 years to play 4 seasons, defensive line coach Joe Seumalo explained.

QB transfer Luke Del Rio became "official" as well, with an LOI to support the financial aid agreement he'd already signed.

Once the doors to the Valley Football Center opened to Oregon St. fans opened at 7 AM, visitors saw LOIs from LB Bright Ugwoegbu, TE Ryan Nall, QB Nick Mitchell, DB Adam Soseman, who is also one of the top hurdlers in California (will this open another door into track and field?), and WR Xavier Hawkins roll off the fax.

Between 7:30 and 8 AM, the paperwork was received for offensive lineman Drew Clarkson from Washington's Camas High, which reached the WIAA State Championship game, WR Datrin Guyton, TE Jake Knight, and JC transfer DB DeMarlon Morris.

The timeline for 2014 Signees on the Signing Day page stopped working at that point, but the letters, all of which were expected (though there were a couple of "hoped fors" that coach Mike Riley was expecting), kept coming.

QB Marcus McMaryion, CB Kevin Hayes, and DE Sumner Houston, from California powerhouse De LaSalle, where current DE Dylan Wynn is from, came next.

JC transfer defensive lineman Luke Hollingsworth and local recruit Tanner Sanders from Crescent Valley, who had a game high 21 points in winning the cross-town rivalry game against Corvallis last night, also became official, as did Oklahoma linebacker Jonathan Willis.

Oregon St. then got something they were really waiting for, LOIs for the top 3 prospects from the state of Hawaii, for defensive lineman Kalani Vakameilalo, Fitou Fisiiahi, and LB Lamone Williams all arrived. But then, it was 2 hours earlier in the islands.

The LOI for one of the linebackers Oregon St. was waiting for, and there was some concern about losing him to several other Pac-12 and other programs also interested in him, then came in, for 3 star Ricky Liuchan, from Mission Hills , CA.

The long-awaited JC transfer defensive lineman Kyle Peko finally submitted paper work, after finally getting academically ready.

There was a late disappointment, as 3-star RB Harris Ross from Pittsburg, CA, whom the Beavers had drawn away from Hawaii, advised that he won't be in this class. It's not a case of flipping or poaching though; Ross won't qualify academically. He still plans to be on campus next January.

The other major disappointment, 4-star lineman Kaleb McGary, did in fact sign with Washington, but he had indicated he had changed his mind about coming to Oregon St. last week, and trimmed Washington St. and Wisconsin the first of this week. That gave Washington 4 4-star recruits under new head coach Chris Peterson.

Drew Kell, younger brother of Devon Kell, who graduated this year, will also join the Beavers. The younger Kell suffered a torn ACL last fall while playing for Crescent Valley High in Corvallis, which limited interest in him. The younger Kell will walk-on, so he won't count against the scholarship limit.

Riley also clarified that Del Rio, Peko, Pritchard, and JC transfer offensive tackle Bobby Keenan, who already signed his LOI in the December signing period, do not count against this year's 25 member max. signing class.